Thursday, 25 March 2010

Literary Cleanup, book #6



Tom Sawyer, Detective - Mark Twain (free to read @ Project Gutenberg)


Don't mock me. If it's in my shelf, I'm going to read it, even if it's Where's Waldo. This really is something you'd read on a nice day at the beach, because it's a very simple and fast read. Yeah, I haven't got that much to say about it. Well, the only real thing that sprung to mind while I was reading it is that Tom Sawyer is a bit of a knob-head. Why? Well, he drags Huck with him so he can go his flights of fancy with some insurance, you know? At least, if he dies, Huck will too.
Also - and this either means I'm jaded or I've read too many crime novels - in which bloody court does the judge allow a kid to be a lawyer, let alone interrupt the trial so he can present a story for which he has no evidence? Anyway, like I said, it's a light read, good for when you're not feeling like thinking too much. Durrr.

Excerpt:

Por fim, ouvi-o dizer, tão cheio de calma que me deu ganas de lhe pregar um soco:
- Tenho muita pena, tia Polly, mas creio que terá de me dispensar dessa viagem, nesta ocasião.
A tia Polly ficou tão estupefacta e atordoada com aquela fria impertinência que, durante meio minuto, perdeu a fala e afastou-se alguns passos, circunstância que me permitiu dar uma cotovelada em Tom, e murmurar-lhe:
- Onde tens tu o juízo? Porque não aproveitas uma bela portunidade como esta, e a deitas fora?
Ele continuou impassível, e volveu-me para baixo:
- Huck Finn, quererás tu, porventura, que ela perceba o meu grande desejo de fazer a viagem? Porque se ela o percebesse, começaria logo a duvidar, e a imaginar uma série de doenças, perigos e objecções, e, fica-o sabendo, anulava pela certa a resolução que me anunciou. Deixa-me cá; eu sei como hei-de manejá-la.
Confesso que não tinha pensado naquilo. Mas ele tinha razão. Tom Sawyer tinha sempre razão, era a cabeça mais atilada que tenho visto, constantemente alerta contra a possível má-fé alheia, e pronto para qualquer eventualidade.

3 comments:

Raquel said...

Why would anyone mock someone else for reading mark Twain's work? He's one of my favourite writers. I've read 'Tom Sawyer's Adventures' 4 or 5 times and it remains one of the best books I've read to this day. :)

Also, Mark Twain was frakking awesome, not just as a writer, but as a pioneer regarding ideas about church and religion.

If some ignorant biggot does decide to make fun of you for reading quality classic literature such as this, I suggest hitting them repeatedly with all of the Twilight novels, and condemning them to read that literary trash 475439534 times.

As a final comment, I leave this quote by the literary god Mark Twain, since he's so much better with words than I am: "Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company." (and I will gladly oblige)

Raquel said...

Oh and for more Mark Twain wisdom (and awesomeness):

http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Mark_Twain/

black__cherry said...

My comment was related to some looks I got on the bus/subway presumably because I was reading something "for kids". And in all honesty, it's better than most young adult novels out there.

Thanks for the quotes. I knew the man was a wit, but now I can actually quote him whenever I want.