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Where and when does this story take place?

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lily2 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 23, 2012 at 9:10 PM via web

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Where and when does this story take place?

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marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:45 AM (Answer #1)

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The Book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, written by Mark Twain in 1876, takes place in a little town called St. Petersburg, Missouri, on the Mississippi River sometime in the 1840's. The town is imaginary, but it's believed the novel is based upon the author's own life in Hannibal, Missouri. 

Full of wit and humor, the book paints a pretty realistic picture of how life was during those days. The author's clever use of local dialect and quaint colloquialisms gives a very real feel to the book, making it one of the best loved classics of all time.  The story is also full of subtle satire, poking gentle fun of many of the beliefs, superstitions, and practices of the river folk of his day and time.

The best books are those that delve into and explore the issues of love, danger, adventure, loyalty, bravery, and true friendship. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has all these elements and more. Young and old readers alike have taken up this book at least once in their lifetime and never been sorry for a time well spent. 

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