Read: 14 April, 2008
Tom Sawyer is an episodic piece that might have been titled “sketches of boyhood.” There is a plot, but it takes a secondary position to main plot – the adventures of a young boy in Mississippi. It isn’t a bad thing. The plot of the story (the discoveries of Indian Joe’s various criminal activities) serves well for little bursts of excitement, but probably would have bogged the story down if it had taken central place.
I’m afraid that I don’t have too much to say about the book. It was a light and interesting read, it was terribly funny at times, and the characterization was superb. I do wish that I had read this when I was a bit younger as I think that I would have appreciated it more. So while I definitely recommend it to anyone, I would especially recommend it to 10-15-year-olds.
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