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The Adventures of Joe Harper

The Adventures of Joe Harper The Adventures of Joe Harper picks up where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer leaves off Twenty years after plundering with Tom Joe Harper is a failed pirate turned vagabond wandering in search of the pe

  • Title: The Adventures of Joe Harper
  • Author: PhongNguyen
  • ISBN: 9781944853044
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Adventures of Joe Harper picks up where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer leaves off Twenty years after plundering with Tom, Joe Harper is a failed pirate turned vagabond, wandering in search of the perfect cave in which to die What he finds instead is a philosophizing Chinese railroad worker and an Amish woman fleeing a forced marriage a surrogate family that bonds overThe Adventures of Joe Harper picks up where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer leaves off Twenty years after plundering with Tom, Joe Harper is a failed pirate turned vagabond, wandering in search of the perfect cave in which to die What he finds instead is a philosophizing Chinese railroad worker and an Amish woman fleeing a forced marriage a surrogate family that bonds over their hobo adventures When the three are arrested and forced to work on a chain gang, their narrow escape earns them a powerful enemy, until they are rescued by Tom Sawyer who just might be the greatest threat they ve faced yet Inspired by Twain s storytelling, Phong Nguyen expertly evokes the beloved world of Tom Sawyer and extends Twain s savvy commentary to the struggles of Chinese Americans, women, and outcasts in Reconstruction America.

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    1. Tara on said:

      Brilliant concept and execution. Nguyen brings to life a character from Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, even giving Tom a cameo. What works is the continued dance between racism and enlightenment that infuse The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Nguyen's spot on imitation of Twain's humor and garbled English. There are LOL passages and some intensely intelligent passages. I'll be interviewing the author at some point and will link to that once it posts.

    2. Holly on said:

      I received this book as a Giveaways winner. Oh, my goodness! This is one of the best books that I've read in a long time! Phong Nguyen is brilliant! The narrator, Joe Harper, is from Missouri and he's telling the reader his story from his perspective, dialect and all. I can't be sure, but I think you call it cacography, or something like it. For example, instead of the text reading evangelicals, Joe Harper pronounces it evaginicals! Just when you think he couldn't get any dumber, he goes and pu [...]

    3. Shannon Deveny on said:

      A highly enjoyable read for fans of Mark Twain, complete with intelligent and humorous social commentary delivered via the naive observations/philosophizing of a lovable set of characters. My favorite example occurred during an encounter with the Mormon religion. Brigham Young's name is mistaken for "Bring' em Young," which is eventually deemed logical due to his many young wives Zing!

    4. Christine on said:

      This picaresque novel is ridiculously delightful - so original and full of startling detail, and he's created a most memorable voice too. Nguyen writes with such grace and confidence--he deserves legions of readers, nation!

    5. Val Jensen on said:

      I received an advanced reading copy for my review for the Historical Novel Society which can be read here: historicalnovelsociety/re

    6. Melissa Smith on said:

      Thanks for the giveaway. This has been a very interesting book!

    7. Amy on said:

      The Adventures of Joe Harper apparently starts off where Tom Sawyer left off. I never actually read Tom Sawyer (for which, I assure you, I feel a deep sense of shame) and I still managed to fully enjoy this book. Joe has returned from his years as a pirate to Missouri and, after learning that his mother is gone, decides he's going to find himself a cave to crawl in, with the intention of dying there. Along the way to finding himself a cave, he finds himself in one predicament after another, as a [...]

    8. R.M. Kinder on said:

      This is a marvelous book. Nguyen takes a Mark Twain character, a buddy of Tom Sawyer, and gives him full life. Joe Harper has his own vernacular, and one must get accustomed to it. Joe, comic, naïve, and introspective, reveals his nature, sometimes shockingly and sometimes touchingly. His views and his experiences, all made very vivid by Nguyen, give us another slant on those times, and on bigotry then and now. As Twain does, Nguyen questions institutions and long-held beliefs. The best people [...]

    9. Kathy Church on said:

      This book was interesting. It was written in first person about the adventures of Joe Harper. This is about his adventures after leaving piracy and wanting to become a hermit. This was a book that I won from entering a contest on .

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