1000 Books In 10 Years; Vol. 109: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the Victorian equivalent of The Goonies. In watching a film like The Goonies, or Stand By Me, or reading the source material for that film (Stephen King’s The Body), Mark Twain’s influence can easily be seen. Even in more recent films like Super 8. It is not a narrative that asks for the application of literary theory, but simply one that is meant to be enjoyed for the young at heart. It plot outline seems clichéd now, young children go hunting for a treasure, run into some criminals, and end up finding their treasure while the criminals who are in pursuit of them are ultimately subdued. Clearly the aforementioned narrative have borrowed heavily from Twain’s template, and while his work may seem clichéd and unoriginal in a contemporary context, in its own context it is an original piece that might serve as a fun read for any young reader. Sadly it is tainted by racial slurs, but such was the reality of 19th century America.

 

 

Words I thought I’d look up:

Ambuscade: An ambush set.

Adamantine: Unyielding, or brilliant.

Alacrity: Eager.

Discordant: Disagreeing.

Deluge: A sudden, heavy down pour, or a vast quantity.

Vestibule: Entrance hall.

Tittering: To laugh nervously.

Expectorate: To cough up and spit out.

Pariah: Outcast.

Ferule: Instrument of punishment.

Miscreant: Somebody who does wrong.

Consternation: Shocked or dismayed.

Clandestinely: Secretly.

Avariciously: Greedy for wealth.

Prised: To lever something or to extract information.

Havoc: Devastation or chaos. From the anglo-norman for pillage.

Purloined: To steal.

Convalescent: A recuperating patient.

Edification: Enlightenment.

Credulous: Gullible.

Conflagration: Large destructive fire.

Insipid: Dull

Magnanimous: Noble.

Moiety: One of two paths, or a social group.

Auspicious: Promising.

Ostentatious: Rich and showy.

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Jason John Horn is a writer and critic who recently completed his Master's in English Literature at the University of Windsor. He has composed a play, a novella and a number of short stories and satirical essays.

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