The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Most of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn from life; Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual -- he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew, and therefore belongs to the composite order of architecture. The odd superstitions touched upon were all prevalent among children and slaves in the West at the period of this story -- that is to say, thirty or forty years ago. Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.--Mark Twain, Hartford, 1876
To my Wife, This Book Is Affectionately Dedicated
This story is about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. The story is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Mark Twain lived.
I have read many funny stories but this is a special one yet. It inspires that impulsion to not stop reading until the very end. You will be wowed after getting through less than a quarter of the chapters. It greatly impressed me with the funny little jokes and actions that occur. These two boys Tom and Huck are so inglorious, they make me want to laugh out loud in the middle of prayer (do not wonder, I am a Muslim). They do things that would be too strange to your eyes if you had the chance to observe them in our normal life. I promise you are going to have a good time reading this and I wish you the best in your enjoyment and understanding of this fine novel.--Submitted by Islam Dafo Senior
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