TOM SAWYER ABROAD
by Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835 – 1910)
with 26 Illustrations by Dan Beard (1850 – 1941)
First published 1894
The text of this book, published before 1923, is in the public domain world-wide because the author died more than 100 years ago. The illustrations are in the public domain in countries where copyright is Life+70 or less, and in the USA.
Mark Twain is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel." Among dozens of titles, some of his works include The Innocents Abroad, A Tramp Abroad, Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi, The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and many more.
This sequel in the adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer is one of Twain’s lesser-known minor works, “Written by Huck Finn, Edited by Mark Twain.” In this parody of Jules Verne adventure stories, Tom, Huck, and Jim accidentally set sail in a futuristic hot air balloon. They end up in the Sahara Desert, where they survive encounters with lions, robbers, sandstorms, and fleas, and see some of the world's greatest wonders, including the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Between adventures, they engage in “debates,” carried out in thoroughly humorous Missouri vernacular (and Twain slips in some sly satirical digs at society and mankind in general).
Short and slight, but amusing (if not nutritious). Fans of Tom and Huck will enjoy this.
And all this time the lions and tigers was sorting out the clothes, and trying to divide them up so there would be some for all, but there was a misunderstanding about it somewheres, on accounts of some of them trying to hog more than their share; so there was another insurrection, and you never see anything like it in the world. There must ’a’ been fifty of them, all mixed up together, snorting and roaring and snapping and biting and tearing, legs and tails in the air, and you couldn’t tell which belonged to which, and the sand and fur a-flying. And when they got done, some was dead and some was limping off crippled, and the rest was setting around on the battlefield, some of them licking their sore places and the others looking up at us and seemed to be kind of inviting us to come down and have some fun, but which we didn’t want any.
As for the clothes, they warn’t any any more. Every last rag of them was inside of the animals; and not agreeing with them very well, I don’t reckon, for there was considerable many brass buttons on them, and there was knives in the pockets, too, and smoking-tobacco, and nails and chalk and marbles and fishhooks and things. But I wasn’t caring. All that was bothering me was that all we had now was the professor’s clothes—a big enough assortment, but not suitable to go into company with, if we came across any, because the britches was as long as tunnels, and the coats and things according. Still, there was everything a tailor needed, and Jim was a kind of jack-legged tailor, and he allowed he could soon trim a suit or two down for us that would answer.
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Bon voyage, enjoy the read!
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