What I’m Reading: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

What this book is about: 

This book follows a span of time in the life of a boy, Tom Sawyer, as he navigates life.

Overall thoughts and opinions: 

I’m skipping the ‘what I liked’ and ‘what I didn’t like’ sections for this week because I just can’t even be bothered to critique Mark Twain like that. This book is sheer brilliance of writing.

It’s written in a strange 3rd omniscient POV, and it uses dialect in a way that sometimes is totally unintelligible, it dwells on the minutiae of many moments, skin-burning racism and sexism, and yet…

It’s one of the most brilliant books I’ve ever read. I read it so many years ago, undoubtedly in school, but it’s been so many years that I couldn’t *quite* remember a lot of the details. However, as I read through it recently, I was completely unsurprised by anything that happened because it continually pulled from the deepest recesses of my memory.

It occurred to me as I read along that I didn’t have the faintest idea how old Tom is supposed to be and yet that never really bothered me or detracted from the story. There were times that bits dragged on, yet my interest never waned. I devoured every morsel of this book and was utterly disappointed when it ended simply because it was over.

I love when books pull me in so much that I just can’t put them down. I want to read forever and ever. This is one of those books, and of course it is, because it’s still around. People are still reading this story of a boy who did ridiculous boy things, nearly died on at least 100 occasions, and yet still came out of it all.

I absolutely adore this book and know I need to get my hands on my own copy to reread again when the desire strikes me. I’ve actually borrowed the book from a friend of mine and am probably long overdue to return it (along with others I’ve read). What a fantastic book. If you haven’t read this, you should. If it’s been more than a year or two since you’ve read it, you should go read it again and soak up the brilliance all over the pages of this book.

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