Monday, 22 August 2011
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER – Mark Twain, 1876
It would be almost impossible for me not to enjoy this story. It is probably a bi-product of my time spent teaching but I love reading about mischievous boys. (Mischief, of course, is playing tricks not looting stores.) I love the Just William stories by Richmal Crompton for the same reason. They always get caught and punished for their minor misdemeanours but they often manage to provide a service to the community, too, for if there is a villain to be caught it is they who will manage to do it. It is also another lovely tale of the Deep South, set within the magical world of riverboats.