Tom Sawyer Abroad

Tom Sawyer Abroad

by Mark Twain

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Tom Sawyer Abroad is a novel by Mark Twain published in 1894. It features Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in a parody of Jules Verne-esque adventure stories. In the story, Tom, Huck, and Jim set sail to Africa in a futuristic hot air balloon, where they survive encounters with lions, robbers, and fleas to see some of the world's greatest wonders, including the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, Detective, the story is told using the first-person narrative voice of Huck Finn.

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BN ID: 2940148971290
Publisher: Tower Publishing
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 839 KB

About the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 — April 21, 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, satirist, writer, and lecturer. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He is also known for his quotations. During his lifetime, Clemens became a friend to presidents, artists, leading industrialists, and European royalty. Clemens enjoyed immense public popularity, and his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. American author William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature." Source: Wikipedia

Date of Birth:

November 30, 1835

Date of Death:

April 21, 1910

Place of Birth:

Florida, Missouri

Place of Death:

Redding, Connecticut

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Tom Sawyer Abroad 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twain wrote 'Tom Sawyer Abroad' as he wrote many other works, for financial gain. At approximately 40,000 words it is pale in both length and quality when compared to 'Huckleberry Finn.' Most critics have a problem with Twain's ending of the latter but at least it had one. 'Tom Sawyer Abroad' comes to a grinding halt and leaves one feeling that those old, classic characters have been unfairly and unwillingly exhumed from their noble state for dubious ennoblement in what is basically a humourist's response to Jules Verne. If you liked 'Huckleberry Finn' then that that alone might be a reason to read 'Tom Sawyer Abroad.' Otherwise, it's not worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Sawyer Abroad is an excellent book! It is yet another book about Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Jim. Written by Mark Twain, this book takes Tom, Huck, and Jim across the world. When Tom, Huck, and Jim go look at a flying machine built by a mad scientist the flying machine suddenly takes off with Tom, Huck, Jim, and the scientist. When the scientist falls overboard, Tom, Huck, and Jim are left to steer the machine! This is when the real adventure begins. They travel across oceans and deserts as they try to get back home. If you enjoy Mark Twain books, then this is a must read!
sirfurboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the Tom Sawyer book people have not heard of. With good reason!Tom Sawyer is a wonderful story of life in the 19th Century deep south of America, with an engaging protaganist. Huck Finn is a classic of American literature, taking the setting of Tom Sawyer, adding a raft trip and plenty of issues over slavery, justice and other such wieghty matter in an engaging story. Tom Sawyer abroad takes those characters, sticks them in a balloon with Jim, the freed slave, sends them on an unbelievable journey across the world, and for me breaks the spell. Books create a kind of contract with the reader. Huck Finn says "believe in me - this is how it was". Tom Sawyer abroad breaks that contract.On the other hand, if it were a standalone book with different characters it would be a good "boy's own adventure" I think.There were some good points though. Mark Twain has a trademark humour, which still shines through in this work. Poor Huck Finn keeps complaining about the map being a liar because states are not the colour they are shown on the map, and lines of longitude cannot actually be found on the earth! And there is more of the philosophy wrapped in an engagingly young understanding of the world in, for instance, the discussion of the Holy Land.Whether the book is worth reading or not is hard to say. It is still a book with merit - it just messes up the Tom Sawyer canon a little, sadly.
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Its alright.
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I love mark twain<3
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
If you haven't already read Tom Sawyer (could there possibly be anyone who hasn't?) - nonetheless, if you have not, read it first and then, by all means, give a listen to TOM SAWYER ABROAD as narrated by the estimable Grover Gardner. This voice performer's mantel must be groaning under all the awards he has received - AudioFile named him one of the "best Voices of the Century" and a "Golden Voice"; he's won an Audie Award, and was chosen Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly. His performance loses none of the folksiness that is so much part and parcel of the Twain stories, and adds frissons of excitement to what is most surely an amazing adventure. Now, once you've become familiar with Tom Sawyer, you know that Tom and Huck thrive on derring-do and are always ready for a challenge. There are quite a few of those in TOM SAWYER ABROAD. They go off to witness the unveiling of an airship only to be held captive by a kooky inventor, Then as luck and Twain would have it the inventor falls overboard leaving the boys trying to control a wayward airship. Soon they're hurtling over the ocean carrying them where and to meet what? This is one more of Twain's masterpieces masterfully read by Grover Gardner. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
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