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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - (1876 book), by Mark Twain cover

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Something something painting a fence something racism something story of a boy.

After reading The Secret Garden - (1911 book), by Frances Hodgson Burnett I was not about to suffer through another book with an accent conveyed in text.

  • "This Reader's Digest edition contains the complete text of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, first published in 1976."
  • Copyright © 1985 Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
  • Fifth Printing, October 1990
  • ISBN-10 0-89577-217-5

My cover is different
My cover is different

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A spoiled little girl loses her rich parents and is sent away to live with her reclusive heartbroken (rich) relative.

The story is fairly awful to me, though I can see how this was popular at the time. It has definitely aged, not just in its period but in its language and writing style.

I'll class this as "liked", but I only see this as being good for historical reasons and wouldn't recommend it. I'll also class this as child-friendly, except it's child-friendly in its context: A parent reading to their child in the early 1900s.

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The Art of War cover

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A military treatise summing up the military experiences prior to and during the mid-Warring States period (475 BC - 221 BC).

Two editions of translations were released, and this publication includes everything:

  1. The 15 chapters of part 1 released in 1985
  2. The additional chapter released in 1985
  3. The 15 chapters from 1975's Part II, which were excised for that 1985 edition.

If this is what I think it is, then I first read this as The Second Art of War and found it a much better read than its predecessor. I was never able to find a book with that title.

  • aka Sun Bin: The Art of War
  • This is a two-book hardcover which also has the original/earlier The Art of War - (~476 BC book), by Sunzi
  • Published 2000-01-01
  • ISBN-10 7119024124
  • ISBN-13 978-7119024127
  • Note: I've read the author died in 310 BC, and I haven't seen a more accurate date for this book.

    • p.21 - Sunzi and Sun Bin lived more than 160 years apart.
  • Sun Bin (孫臏 · 孙膑)

    • Historians came to call him "Qi Sunzi" (Master Sun of Qi).



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The Art of War cover

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A military treatise from Ancient China's late Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.).

Like The Prince - (1910 book), by Niccolò Machiavelli, people have interpreted this text for all manner of uses such as the business world.

This is a dual language (Chinese-English) hardcover edition which was translated in China itself, as opposed to being one of the various foreign-made translations.



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This doesn't even begin to do this book justice
This doesn't even begin to do this book justice

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To read

An unfortunately-shiny fabric-hardcover, glossy full-colour pages with photographs gives an impression of high quality. It even has an integrated ribbon bookmark.



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