Book #55: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

My kids all have book-related names and after four girls, my husband and I were stumped by what we should name our first boy.  What boy from our favorite books should we name him after?  Who do we like enough and also like his name enough to name our child after him?  Tom Sawyer was the answer.  While our Sawyer isn’t as conniving, devious, or reckless (sometimes), he does share the qualities of cheerfulness, bravery, compassion, a sense of humor, and a love of fun and adventure.

I hadn’t read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain in a very long time, so whole passages were once again brand new to me.  Some stories made me laugh out loud while I read, surprising my kids and prompting them to ask what I was reading.  They’ve all read it and would share in the laughs and then share what parts were their favorites too.

One new aspect I gained from the story was how incredibly brave Tom was, putting his life on the line by testifying against Injun Joe.  He couldn’t bear to see Muff Potter hanged for a crime he didn’t commit, even though it put himself in harm’s way.  Such a contrast to Victor Frankenstein who let an innocent woman die because he thought no one would believe his story about the creature.  Made no effort at all.  Just brooded in a corner like a creep.  Anyway.

Delightful fun, a must-read for all boys and girls, and full of Twain’s wry tongue-in-cheek humor, I’m so glad I read it again.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars


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