Once Read, Forever Gained
------Reading Report of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Look! There comes a wild boy, who is so dirty, so naughty and full of cunning ideas in his small head.
Out of question, this is Tom Sawyer, one of Mark Twain’s famous characters.
It was in my junior middle school that I read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in Chinese version for the first time, which gave me a deep impression. Tom is dirty but honest and sympathetic as he dreams of being a swordsman and struggle his whole life for justice. Tom is naughty but he is brave enough to expose that wicked Injun. Tom is full of cunning ideas but active and smart. We can see that Tom show it so interesting to paint the wall on purpose because he wanted someone to replace him. But the result was that other kids were willing to help him and even give Tom presents. How clever he is! Absorbed in the story at that time, I have totally admired this little hero Tom Sawyer, such a simple, courageous and positive guy who certainly can be my model except his excessive naughtiness which gave others especially Aunt Polly headache. I won’t forget the second time when I read this book. Just half a year ago, the grade of college entrance examination saddened me. The shadow didn’t disappear until I came across this book in my shelf while I was arranging my books. I counted myself fortunate to
make such a correct decision to read it again, which benefited me a lot. I was surprised to realize that Tom is an orphan, which was ignored by me before. Without paternal affection and maternal love, Tom can still lead a joyful life. How could I drown myself in sorrow as I am surrounded by my parents’ love? Tom disliked the boring lessons so he tried to get rid of the tame school life? Such a little boy is able to pursue a free life that he likes, why am I so stupid to be struck down by a grade, just a grade? Trapped in the cave, Tom behaved so bravely and calmly that I have to give him thumbs up. It’s an amazing thing that it was a book that sent me back to sunny days. “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. ” Now, I see it. So now I read the The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for the third time, but in English version this time. Gain again! The story seems to be purer in English so I am abstracted by Tom’s innocence. We can’t find out such lovely innocence out of childhood. What are left are just piecemeal memories. Like a bottle of champagne, childhood will be aromatic with memories as time goes by. At this time, I want to give some literary comments as a university student. We have to mention the realism and romanticism at the mere mention of Mark
Twain. He gave us a fantasy story with a child’s sight in this novel. Mark Twain showed us the realism by illustrating the life people live in the
small town and satires bourgeoisie’s vulgarity and greed, the hypocrisy of children’s education, the morality and religion. On the other hand, he also described Tom and his fellows’ pursuing the legendary, adventurous, romantic and happy life to express the beautiful hope to life and dream. The novel is filled with true portrayal of realism as well as the emotional expression of romanticism. It perfectly combines his artistic styles of realism and ideal romanticism.
A good book is just like an ore, which you can gain something valuable whenever you mire. Once read, you could gain it forever. 英语 1 班 高喻佳 201330050108