Welcome to my new weekly posts! I’m going to be exploring (and hopefully reading) a book for every letter of the alphabet for countries all around the world. Starting this week with…
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Blurb from Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24583.The_Adventures_of_Tom_Sawyer
From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth. A somber undercurrent flows through the high humor and unabashed nostalgia of the novel, however, for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality—base emotions and superstitions, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery. In his introduction, noted Twain scholar John Seelye considers Twain’s impact on American letters and discusses the balance between humorous escapades and serious concern that is found in much of Twain’s writing.
This book is set in St. Petersburg, Missouri. I’m sorry to all you Americans, but to me this one is foreign! It’s quite old, so I don’t think it really represents America now. But it’s still a view of what America used to be like.