Monday, January 18, 2010

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

I did not like this book written by Mark Twain. Thomas Sawyer is a mischievous twelve-year-old boy who lives with his Aunt Polly, his half-brother, Sid, and his cousin Mary in St. Petersburg, Missouri, along the Mississippi River. After skipping school and getting into a fight, he is told to whitewash the fence as punishment. He falls for Becky Thatcher, a new girl, and asks her to commit to him, but she gets upset when she finds out he has said this to other girls. Tom and his friend Huckleberry Finn, witness a murder, but are afraid to tell anyone. When they run away to an island with a third friend, Joe Harper, the town starts to suspect that they all drowned and hold a funeral service for them.

The book was published in 1876. By the time of Mark Twain's death in 1910, the novel was both celebrated as an American classic and a bestseller. In 1995, Disney released the film Tom and Huck, starring Jonathan Thomas and Brad Renfro and based on the book. Tom Sawyer appears as a United States Secret Service agent in the 2003 film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

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