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Samuel Langhorne Clemens commonly known by his pen name Mark Twain, the author of book titled 'Adventures of Tom Sawyer'Â was born in Missouri, United States, on 30 November 1835 (passed away on 21 April 1910). Twain began his literary career launching "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" in 1865. In addition Twain has published more than 14 novels and 20 short stories including "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" which considered as the zeitgeist of the United States at the time of its writing. [i]
2. As mentioned by the name Twains' novel is a chronicle of adventures around a boy named Thomas Sawyer (Tom Sawyer) who lived at "St Petersburg" small town by the river Missouri. As prefaced Twain narrates down his own his own experience as well as his mates' adventure to originate the character of Tom Sawyer.
3. Twain makes a dramatic approach to begin the story whilst setting the platform for a series of adventures and mischievous acts of Tom and Huck Finn (Toms' buddy). Aunt Polly (Tom's Aunt) punishes him for his misconducts; however he manages to learn basic principles of human desires out of that. With the introduction of "Becky Thatcher" whom Tom later fell with, Twain adds romance to his fiction. Later on a night his superstitious believe leads Tom to go to the cemetery with Huck and witness the murder of Dr Robinson.
An innocent person is accused with the witnesses of the main villain "Injun Joe" who actually is the murderer. This plays a pivotal scene since it leads to more adventures supporting the theme of the story.
4. Tom being ignored by Becky along with Huck and Joe Harper (Toms' comrade) escape hoping never to return. Imaginations of youngsters, mocks and pranks are narrated to enlighten the reader regarding the beauty of children's world. The Author presents simple series of acts however in the broader picture giving an idea regarding characteristics of Tom, Becky and Huck. During the trial of doctor's murder Tom discloses the actual murderer. Author then elaborates how the boy's desire for adventures ultimately leads them to demolish the plan of Injun Joe by rescuing "Widow Douglas". Further they become opulent once they find a treasure and treated as heroes in the society. As a writer of juvenile Twain concludes the story at its peak rightly indicating the same in his conclusion.
5. The Author presents a series of episodes placed in logical order showing how a teenager becomes mature with his life experience. The book being a teenage novel is full of romance, adventures, and humor. Twain successfully embraces the qualities of the characters in the reader's mind through figurative writing. Author being a humorist sarcastically criticizes the superstitious beliefs, behaviors and desires of people.
6. The book being written in 1876 automatically generates an idea regarding the society, culture and social behaviors at the time its writing. Twain does not express much about slavery in his book however he indicates slavery did exist in that era. Though the book itself relates to American culture in the nineteenth century it does not seem alien to any other reader with a different cultural background or era. Though the book is intended for entertainment of children in broader picture it provides excellent insight of human philosophy. Hence it could be read even by adults.
7. Twain narrates most of the childhood experience of a common boy in a humorous manner. Hence it makes reader laugh whilst in adult readers; it creates a fascinating glimpse of their own childhood experience. Twain addresses the conflict between adult's expectations of children and the child's behavior which prolonged for centuries. However he indicates it is more or less the desire for success will lead man towards his goal not his behavior.
8. Twain uses southwestern American informal language commonly in dialogues due to the nature of the story, yet in a simple way that the reader could understand. Scenes flows chronologically though some chapters seem irrelevant to the main theme have been included with the pure intention of humor. The book is divided into 35 chapters and small drawing is available almost at the beginning of each chapter. However this could have added a value if it was colorful and larger in size. The text is in an appropriate font size, spacing and on a quality paper with hard and colorful cover. This book is the first edition by William Collins Sons and Company Limited and displays no price
9. The book offers an insight into the teenager's world in the nineteenth century. Ideal for school children, yet not shun adults by that fact. No wonder why in the book it connoted "Deserves to be read by children and re-read by those same children when they are grown up."
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