The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark TwainSo, my daughter just started reading Tom Sawyer for the very first time, and I am jealous of her!
First of all, she can read it in original, while I read it in translation as a child. Second, I wish I could still have that immediate, surprised response to the silly situations. About every five minutes, she comes into my room, reading out loud some funny quotes, making the scenes come alive in my memory again. The fight between the two boys threatening with their fake big brothers, followed by the famous selling of the honour to take over Toms Saturday chore -the fence white washing, and so on, and so on. All that humorous content is being quoted in a voice broken by giggles. Her favourite new expression is the terms of the next disagreement agreed upon, as used in the context of the deadly serious war games that Tom Sawyer engages in.
Shes completely mesmerised, and she hasnt even got to the scary parts yet, or to the budding love affair.
There is magic in a childrens classic that can make mothers and daughters laugh together at the silliness of naughty boys, and at the fact that very little has changed in the dynamics of childhood friendships, despite the time that has passed since the novel was written.
It has just the right mix of exotic, historical appeal and universal human behaviour to make a perfect introduction into world literature.
Rush - Tom Sawyer (Official Music Video)
It is set in the s in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri , where Twain lived as a boy. Originally a commercial failure, the book ended up being the best selling of any of Twain's works during his lifetime. Although The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is sometimes overshadowed by its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , the book is considered a masterpiece of American literature ,  and was one of the first novels to be written on a typewriter. Tom Sawyer , an orphan, lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother Sid in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri sometime in the s.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not merely a literary classic. It is part of the American imagination. More than any other work in our culture, it established America's vision of childhood. Mark Twain created two fictional boys, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, who still seem more real than most of the people we know. In a still puritanical nation, Twain reminded adults that children were not angels, but fellow human beings, and perhaps all the more lovable for their imperfections and bad grooming. Neither American literature nor America has ever been the same.
Learn English with Audio Story - The Adventures of Tom Sawyers
Rush had arrived at a crossroads when they came to write Tom Sawyer. In the 70s they had become the undisputed masters of progressive hard rock, famed for their epic conceptual pieces that played out over entire sides of vinyl. But with their first album of the s — Permanent Waves — came a significant change. The result was that hit single, The Spirit Of Radio : a virtuoso-rock tour de force compacted into less than five minutes. Bookish drummer Neil Peart, the author of all Rush lyrics since , had previously found inspiration in ancient mythology and science fiction, but for Permanent Waves his writing was simpler, his subject matter more worldly. Tom Sawyer was the crystallisation of this new, modern Rush: a powerful, finely crafted hard rock song with a punchy yet deeply philosophical message. But it was also a song for which Rush were indebted not only to a giant of American literature, Mark Twain, but also to a rather peculiar Canadian named Pye Dubois.