Reviews of Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the (1876)
Review by branko (2004-03-19)
Recently I have been looking at some internet published books. The authors were heralded as literary geniuses for no apparent reason other than that they made their books available for free. I never got further than two paragraphs in their respective works, because apparently if you are a genius, you don't need to write an engaging beginning.
Tom Sawyer on the other does have that beginning. Mark Twain manages to make the mundane seem interesting and starts the story from the least assuming elements, that immediately draw the reader in. Who is this Tom Sawyer, the reader would like to know. Unfortunately, my interest waned later on, when Twain decided to inject the story with adventure elements that favoured exploring glitz over character.