I rarely do re-reads but when I saw that a copy of this book is free for download in Goodreads, I immediately got my own copy and decided I will make this book one of those rare re-reading moments. And I’m glad I did.
The first time I read The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer was when I was in high school (or elementary?) and I remember enjoying it immensely. I was very much into mystery books that time (i.e. Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys) and when I got hold of this book, I did not put it down after I reached the end. I was very much into the story, fearing Injun Joe as much as Tom did.
The experience I had then was not much different when I read the book again now that I’m an adult, although I have to say that I enjoyed it more this time. When I first read it, my attention was only focused on the adventure and mystery parts and I was only interested about the escapades of Tom and his friends. This time around, I enjoyed Aunt Polly’s character and even that of Tom’s teacher, Mr. Dobbins who wore a toupee. I enjoyed the archaic terms used in this timeless classic and the prose the most. No wonder Mark Twain is considered by some as “the father of American literature.”
The part that I liked the most in this book is when Tom was punished by ordering him to whitewash the fence. How he managed to turn around the circumstances in his favor is very witty and mischievous at the same time, and Mark Twain accurately captured man’s covetous nature when he said:
“He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it – namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.”
And about the contrast between Work and Play, Twain has this to say:
“Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do, and that Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.”
I also find very humorous the antics of Tom and his love interest Becky Thatcher, and how refreshing but amusing puppy love is – the jealousy and pride and the mischievous ways of a boy towards a girl he likes.
The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer is a timeless tale of friendship, young love, and childhood that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. It is an authentic reflection of the complexities of human nature. In the foreword of my ebook copy, Mark Twain said:
“Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.”
I was not merely entertained, Mr. Twain. I was in awe. You already. Haha!
24/50 2012 Goodreads Reading Goal.