We bought this book for my child’s 7th grade summer reading. For this, annotation is required including underlining. The printing on this book is so so small that I literally gasped when I opened the book. This book should be 3-4 times as thick but they’ve condensed the font size so much to save pages that it is useless to a student. I have 20/20 vision and would struggle. I want my money back but am not going to bother sending it back because it would cost me as much postage as I paid for the “book.” The text size is what I’m guessing to be 5 pt font. It’s shocking!!!! We are headed to Barnes and Noble to get something we can actually use for school.
I don't need to write a review of the story of Tom Sawyer but it is worth mentioning that the publisher, SEAWOLF PRESS made this copy a pleasure to own. It's a first class publication using quality paper, beautiful sketches in each chapter that are clear, refined and properly placed to enhance the particular chapter. The font size is just right for me. It's a beautiful book and one that I will not be giving away.
Wish I would have read the one star reviews. This book is the size of a magazine, has no page numbers, and is poorly formatted (one page will have text half-way down, and then it continues on the next page. Some dialogue is also formatted incorrectly. ) The formatting is so bad, it interrupts the flow of the book I have taken good formatting for granted until I bought a book with terrible formatting (this one.) I will be purchasing all of my books from a legitimate publishing house next time.
Forget about the font size did anybody read the actual book? It’s not just the short version. Check out the end of chapter 8 this is a direct quote from the Kindle version. “Doodle-computer virus, doodle-worm, tell me what I want to realize! Doodle-computer virus, doodle-laptop virus, inform me what I need to recognize!”
I'm pretty sure MR. Twain didn’t know about computer viruses and laptops. WT heck is happening to our classical literature? Nowhere in the advertisements or in the book does it allude to changing the words from the original text. Anyone who gets this book needs to contact Amazon and complain immediately. This needs to get taken out of circulation!
No doubt this is one of North America's classics due to its scope and enjoyability. A bildungsroman that depicts clearly the mind of a child of the times; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer will have any reader find delight in the simplicity of times past. Its main character's problematic conduct leads him to the most astonishing adventures and problems that only good will may help him avoid. Amazing and fun since the very first page. The source and father of many books in Latin America, the one that comes to my mind: "El juguete rabioso".
I’ve been a Mark Twain fan for years, sticking mostly to his lesser know works like Roughing It and Letters from the Earth, etc... I had been avoiding reading Tom Sawyer because it felt too obligatory and I feared it would not live up to the hype.
I was correct. While a great study of youth and “bad boys” and life in a small 1880’s river town, I found the story and plot itself to be weak. Maybe it’s because I knew of many of the episodes in the book through public discourse and when I read them firsthand they did not live up to the hype? Not sure. Anyway, I think if you are a Twain purist, then you have to read this, but don’t expect anything like his other works.
Oh, and I don’t know what all the concern is about the “N” word. It is literally only used about 4 times and merely exposes how people spoke those days.
Tom Sawyer (and Huckleberry Finn) are books I somehow avoided reading all my life. I decided, as a homeschooling parent, to add them to my middle-schooler's curriculum this year with the Audible feature so I can listen to them, too. My student hates to read aloud, and we are coming off of a literature-rich curriculum where I was reading aloud a lot and my throat wanted a break from that. We are both enjoying this book (not quite at the end yet). The Audible reader sounds a lot like Hal Holbrook who played Mark Twain on stage and screen, so he navigates that old Missouri lingo like a natural.