The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Mark Twain

Rating: 4 stars

This is a book that I’ve never actually read before but I’m glad that I finally got around to it. It’s a gentle adventure story of the eponymous Tom and his friends and the pleasures and pains of childhood in the American South. Tom is well-drawn and easy to sympathise with with a freedom that children today can only dream about. Having read it now, I enjoyed it, but I think that if I’d read it when I was a child I’d probably have loved it.

It’s very obviously a product of its time in its treatment of black people, with Tom and his friends reflecting the opinions of the time — something that I’m not entirely sure how I would have dealt with if I had read it when I was younger. I believe that Twain addresses this later in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which should really also be on my to-read list.

Book details

ISBN: 9780140350036
Publisher: Puffin Books
Year of publication: 1875

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