“His aunt went to the open door and stood in it and looked out among the tomato vines. No Tom. So she lifted up her voice, at an angle calculate for distance, and shouted: “Y-o-u-u Tom!”” This is how the novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, starts. A book of Mark Twain that you have to read, or when you already have done that, you have to re-read it.
The book is about Tom Sawyer, a boy with a lot of imagination who always want adventures. He lives about1900 inthe fictive village, St. Petersburg (U.S.A.) with his aunt Polly. On the middle of a night Tom and his best friend Huck go to a graveyard. There they see that Injun Joe kills doctor Robinson. Tom and Huck promise each other to tell it to nobody, because they are afraid that Injun Joe also want to kill them, but the next day not Injun Joe, but Muff Potter is arrested.
Tom, Huck and a third boy named Joe Harper decide to run away from home and to live on an island as pirates. Soon they discover that the people inSt. Petersburgthink that they are drowned. The three decide to return during their own funeral as the ultimate practical joke. The joke is a success and for the children of the village they are heroes. Finally Tom is getting attention from Betty, a girl he already loved for a long time.
Shortly afterwards the lawsuit against Muff Potter begins. Tom decides to tell the truth, but Injun Joe escapes before he can be arrested.
At the end of the story Tom and Betty get lost in a cave. There they discover the new hiding place of Injun Joe. They find the exit and the cave is closed. The result is that Joe can’t go out and starves. The boys discover the treasure of Injun Joe. It is more than twelve thousand dollars.
The content is not only related to Tom and Huck but also to Mark Twain himself. Mark Twain (this is a pseudonym of Samuel Clemens) was born in 1835. When he was four years old, he moved toHannibal, a city along theMississippi. This city inspiredSt. Petersburg. And there are more autobiographical aspects in the book. The author says in his preface: ”Most of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of my schoolmates. Huck Finn is drawn from live; Tom Sawyer also, but he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew.”
The book sometimes is a little bit childish and it is a book for boys. Girls would not like it. But the book also have good aspects. It has a bit of everything: Friendship, murder, romance and jokes. Each chapter is a little adventure that is part of a bigger story. It also gives you a look in the world of children. The writer has described this very well. It is very easy to empathize with Tom, because we all have been a kid that wanted adventures. It is clear that the writer has experience with adventures. So when you have not read it, do it now!
There is also a movie about the book.