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Topic: Tom Sawyer?

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Subject: Tom Sawyer?
Date Posted: 4/4/2008 8:02 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2007
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I just recently read Huckleberry Finn for my AP Literature class, and while I generally love the books I read in school (and actually read them), I can't say I enjoyed Huck. However, I was considering picking up Tom Sawyer in my pursuit to read more of America's classics, and I was wondering if anyone had any opinions-- would I be able to like this book even with my dislike of Huck? I didn't quite like the way Tom took advantage of Jim and Huck in the last chapters, and formed a general dislike of him. Would that ruin my enjoyment of Tom Sawyer, or are the books two completely separate experiences?


Date Posted: 4/5/2008 6:40 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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Tom Sawyer is a much more straight-forward, fun, adventure story.  Its cute and good fun and while Tom isn't always a good person, he's human and his story is interesting.  Lots of daily life drama, adventures in caves, childhood romance.  I read it when I was in elementary school and liked it, but its definitely not deep.

ETA: The two books are definitely two different experiences.

Last Edited on: 4/5/08 6:41 PM ET - Total times edited: 1