Sparkling with mischief, jumping with youthful adventure, Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer is one of the most splendid re-creations of childhood in all of literature. It is a lighthearted romp, full of humor and warmth. It shares with its sequel, Huckleberry ...
Finn, not only a set of unforgettable characters--Tom, Huck, Aunt Polly and others--but a profound understanding of humanity as well. Through such hilarious scenes as the famous fence-whitewashing incident, Twain gives a portrait--perceptive yet tender--of a humanity rendered foolish by his own aspirations and obsessions. Written as much for adults as for young boys and girls, Tom Sawyer is the work of a master storyteller performing in his shirt sleeves, using his best talents to everyone's delight.
After the first few chapters of episodic adventures to give us some background to Tom Sawyer, the plot develops and turns into a nice, unambitious tale of childhood. I can't help but feel that Twain meant this to be read by children as well, as it
..." seems to be a guide on how to have fun without getting into too much trouble.Continua...Nascondi
What an amazing book! I read it when I was 12, and Tom quickly became one of my favourite characters. I think very few books can be appropriate for both children and adults, and this is definitely one of them.
He had besides the things before mentioned, twelve marbles, part of a jew's-harp, a piece of blue bottle glass to look through, a spool cannon, a key that wouldn't unlock anything, a fragment of chalk, a glass stopper of a decanter, a tin soldier, a
... couple of doorknob, a dog collar - but no dog - the handle of a knife, four pieces of orange peel, and a dilapidated old window sash.Continua...Nascondi
Has everything a purpose and a mission? Did this drop fall patiently during five thousand years to be ready for this flitting human insect's need? and has it another important object to accomplish ten thousand years to come? No matter. It is many
... and many a year since the hapless half-breed scooped out the stone to catch the priceless drops, but to this day the tourist stares longest at that pathetic stone and that slow-dropping water when he comes to see the wonders of McDougal's cave. Continua...Nascondi
Nella grotta di McDougal (2) Ha tutto uno scopo e una missione? Questa goccia cadde pazientemente per cinquemila anni per rispondere ai bisogni di questo effimero insetto umano? e ha un altro importante obiettivo da raggiungere fra diecimila anni? Non importa. Molti anni sono trascorsi da quando lo sventurato mezzo sangue scavò la pietra per catturare quelle gocce inestimabili, ma ancora oggi il turista si ferma più a lungo a guardare quel patetico sasso e quell'acqua che gocciola lentamente quando viene a vedere le meraviglie della grotta di McDougal.
That drop was falling when the Pyramids were new; when Troy fell; when the foundations of Rome were laid when Christ was crucified; when the Conqueror created the British empire; when Columbus sailed; when the massacre at Lexington was «news.» It is
... falling now; it will still be falling when all these things shall have sunk down the afternoon of history, and the twilight of tradition, and been swallowed up in the thick night of oblivion. Continua...Nascondi
Nella grotta di McDougal (1) Quella goccia stava cadendo quando le Piramidi erano finite; quando Troia cadde; quando le fondamenta di Roma venivano gettate; quando Cristo veniva crocifisso; quando il Conquistatore creava l'impero britannico; quando Colombo salpava; quando il massacro di Lexington era una «notizia». Cade tuttora; e continuerà a cadere quando tutte queste cose saranno sprofondate nel meriggio della storia, e nel crepuscolo della tradizione, e saranno state inghiottite dalla notte oscura dell'oblio.