Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher

Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher Lenore Hart
  • Title: Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher
  • Author: Lenore Hart
  • ISBN: 9780312373276
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher Lenore Hart Becky The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher Becky Thatcher wants to set the record straight She was never the weeping ninny Mark Twain made her out to be in his famous novel She knew Samuel Clemens before he was Mark Twain when he was a wide e
    Becky Thatcher wants to set the record straight She was never the weeping ninny Mark Twain made her out to be in his famous novel She knew Samuel Clemens before he was Mark Twain, when he was a wide eyed dreamer who never could get his facts straight Yes, she was Tom s childhood sweetheart, but the true story of their love, and the dark secret that tore it apart, neveBecky Thatcher wants to set the record straight She was never the weeping ninny Mark Twain made her out to be in his famous novel She knew Samuel Clemens before he was Mark Twain, when he was a wide eyed dreamer who never could get his facts straight Yes, she was Tom s childhood sweetheart, but the true story of their love, and the dark secret that tore it apart, never made it into Twain s novel.Now married to Tom s cousin Sid Hopkins, Becky has children of her own to protect while the men of Missouri are off fighting their un Civil War But when tragedy strikes at home, Becky embarks on a phenomenal quest to find her husband and save her family a life journey that takes her from the Mississippi River s steamboats to Ozark rebel camps, from Nevada s silver mines to the gilded streets of San Francisco.Time and again, stubborn but levelheaded Becky must reconcile her independent spirit and thirst for adventure with the era s narrow notions of marriage and motherhood As she seeks to find a compromise between fulfillment and security, she also grapples with ghosts of her past Can she forgive herself, or be forgiven, for the lies she s told to the men she s loved Will she ever forget the maddening, sweet talking, irresponsible Tom Sawyer, the boy who stole her heart as a little girl And when she is old, and Huck and Tom and Twain only memories, whose shadow will still lie beside her
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    About Lenore Hart


    1. Lenore Hart is the author ofWaterwoman, Ordinary Springs, The Treasure of Savage Island and Becky The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher She teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Wilkes Univesity, and at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Cape Cod She lives on the eastern shore of Virginia.


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    1. This book could have easily been called The Adventures of Becky Thatcher I know I loved it, because I didn t want it to end The ending was just as it should be, although because I would have wanted something concrete, it was a little ambiguous Hart cleverly interweaves the past and present fluidly as Becky looks back on her life, but not the one Mark Twain had created in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Sam Clemens is intertwined throughout the novel, coming into and out of Becky s life, as well as [...]

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    2. I m torn I loved the first half of the book but I like to think these characters stayed forever young Even though it is quite reasonable for them to grow up So torn.

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    3. At first glance this book just reeks of book club smarm Seriously, just look at that cover But it s actually really good No smarm, I promise Well maybe just a little, but it s well worth it.

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    4. Becky The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher has an interesting premise Tom Sawyer s childhood sweetheart setting the record straight Yes, please Tell me all about the real people from Mark Twain s literary adventures Show me who Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Becky Thatcher grew up to become Let me see Becky s life then and now and watch as she tries to reconcile who she used to be with who she is today I got all of these things in Becky, but they turned out to be significantly less satisfying [...]

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    5. So I m not usually a fan of books that take characters from other people s novels and give them a life of their own Or rewritten novels I need to own up and read one of them, but I hate the entire concept of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies type books I just want to stab the authors with forks But this one wasn t too bad Let s be honest and say it wasn t great literature, but it was pretty entertaining In this book, Becky Thatcher of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer fame, tries to set the record [...]

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    6. AS other reviewers have said, we ve had a flood of books offering alternative points of view on classics Some of them are fun fan fiction , but Lenore Hart s BECKY is not of this genre What sets her book apart is the very high quality of the prose The descriptions, the experiences, the vivid physical and emotional details of Becky s lifenning partly parallel to Twain s story, but then veering off into her own taleke this a literary novel in its own right.The time and place Civil War era Missouri [...]

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    7. Ever since the brilliant Wide Saragasso Sea, people have been writing novels about the other characters in famous books I think the worst one is where Tiny Tim gets enmeshed with a London brothel although the Jane Austen mysteries are pretty sad as well I thought we might have plumbed the depths when Sherlock Holmes got himself hooked up with a 15 year old Jewish girl who was his intellectual equal No, honest But in this novel, Becky marries Sid, Tom s cousin, and gets into the Civil War Dysfunc [...]

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    8. Cute story, and overall, I think I might have liked it better if I remembered about reading Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, as in the 1st half of the book, there are some flashbacks where Becky tells stories from the Mark Twain books from her point of view In this book, Tom, Huck, Becky, Sid, etc are all grown up and it s during the Civil War The main character is Tom s childhood sweetheart, Becky, who s actually married to Tom s cousin Sid and living in Aunt Polly s house where Tom grew up which ove [...]

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    9. It s hard to take a character out of literature and construct their thoughts because everyone already has their version of them in their heads If I had thought , I would have picked a different book following God Knows because that was Heller s interpretation of King David and this is Hart s interpretation of Becky Thatcher Sadly, both books were disappointing I would have been better off re reading Tom Sawyer I didn t like Hart s version of Becky at all She was trying so hard to be one of the b [...]

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    10. Becky The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher written by Lenore Hart is about the mysterious secret s that didn t make it into Mark Twain s novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Becky is now married to Sid, Tom s cousin After beginning a family with two kids, Sid signs up to join the Union army As Becky has a hard time coping with Sid leaving her and her children for war they lose their youngest child When you think things couldn t get any worse Becky receives a unexplainable letter from Sid Becky is [...]

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    11. Becky Thatcher stops to take stock of her life and set some of the record straight when she hears an old childhood playmate, little Sammy Clemens, has passed away Becky always sort of took offense at being painted as such a girl, when she was a tomboy, busy keeping up with Tom, Joe, Huck and the like Yep, the names were changed to protect the kind folks of Hannibal, but everyone knew who Twain was writing about Hart moves the story through the familiar Tom Sawyer Huck Finn timeframe, as well as [...]

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    12. This is a very creative and original concept to take a beloved heroine of classic literature and revisit her as an adult In this case, it s Becky Thatcher made famous by Mark Twain in the books about their fellow townsmen Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Becky and Tom in the book are puppy love sweethearts and in this book we find out how the bonds of childhood still bind despite others.I found it hard to read this because to me the narration is choppy zig zagging back and forth between time periods The [...]

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    13. This is definitely cut from a different cloth than Tom Sawyer serious than whimsical , but I feel that Lenore did a wonderful job with bringing Becky s character to life What was even interesting is that Lenore chose to include Samuel Clemens a.k.a Mark Twain into the cast of characters who ran around with Tom and Becky He would then go on to write and publish Tom Sawyer based off those escapades, but according to Becky, he got the facts all wrong If you enjoy reading stories set in the Civil [...]

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    14. You might ask, after so many decades, who cares what really happened back then Maybe only me I knew each and every one of the folks in those books And though Sam s stories had the ring of truth, it s what he left out that s importantI was never that pale, limp, blond curled girl child from a sentimental chromo I was tough as any boy and I kept my own secrets So begins this creative novel from Lenore Hart It is the real story of Becky Thatcher and the other Twain characters It is part historical [...]

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    15. Lenore Hart s novel is a well researched and utterly creative spin off of a well known classic It tells a story of a woman that has never been told and develops characters into the adults readers had never seen them become Becky is perfect for anyone who loves American history because it ingeniously intertwines infamous persons and events with the lives of its fictional characters, bringing them to life in a new and relatable way Even if a reader is not a history buff, Becky will keep the pages [...]

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    16. In an interesting take on Twain s characters, Hart takes Becky Thatcher s point of view and turns the tides She gives Becky power and strength and a suffragette attitude in a man s world If you re looking for the sweetness of Twain s world, do not look here Hart s novel is grimy and bloody and full of tragedy which is probably much closer to the real world of the civil war south and gold mining rush of the west than Twain s saccharine expositions Chock full of well researched details, this story [...]

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    17. I always sort of wondered what Becky ended up doing, and this book takes a shot at it Though I really liked it and had a hard time putting it down, I couldn t totally believe that Becky could get away with being such a hellion Parts of it just aren t quite as believable as I d like the whole meeting Jesse James thing and also that Becky can just run around the country pretending to be a man and not have too much trouble with it If not for the difficulty I had in accepting some of Becky s adventu [...]

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    18. I was hoping to enjoy this one than I did I always loved Mark Twain s Tom Sawyer, and I generally enjoy fan fiction, but this one missed the mark for me I guess I was expecting a whimsical tale, something along the lines of the original story It kept my interest enough that I read it through, but I got bogged down in parts, and I didn t like her portrayal of Sam Clemens or Tom I am glad I finally read this it s been on my must read list for years , but it won t make my favorites list, as I was [...]

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    19. A feminist adult re telling of Mark Twain s childhood classic Very readable, but I didn t always believe Becky s tough posturing, and her interactions with some of the famous folk of the day seemed a little too coincidental her stagecoach is actually robbed by a young Jesse James However, the Civil War detail is good, and I enjoyed learning about Missouri s role in the war between the states A perfectly fine, somewhat clean sex is only alluded to, but some of the battle scenes are quite bloody [...]

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    20. I loved this book Though, I was very skeptical before reading it the idea of an author using another author s characters and moving on with them was a bit offing to me But she is such a magnificent writer and made every character sympathetic to the reader AND Mark Twain did give future writers permission to write about Tom Sawyer and friends as adults Also some very interesting Civil War info included in this fictional historical novel It was a very good book and I highly recommend it.

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    21. I loved this book I found myself never wanting to put it down I don t really remember Tom Sawyer very much but you don t even need to have read the book to enjoy this one, the writer explains a lot of the background of the characters from that book Its a great love, adventure novel When I came to the end of this book I was disappointed, not at the ending itself just because it was the end of the book The characters are very likable and the writer is very creative and descriptive.

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    22. This book was fine I didn t love it though It was a really neat idea, but Becky was not my favorite character Everything seemed to fall into place too often and parts seemed really rushed or things were brought up that didn t end up leading to anything The writing itself wasn t special, but it was a good story.

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    23. I loved this book It is the true story behind Mark Twain s Tom Sawyer It is the story that wasn t told According to this book Becky was the weeping ninny that Mark Twain made her out to be It was a fun read and since it covered the Civil War, it slightly reminded me of reading Scarlett written many years after Gone With The Wind The other side of the story that was never told.

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    24. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn paint a picture of Becky in past books as a young girl dancing thru the meadow and acting sweet Lenore Hart shows another side Becky lives a rough life, meets several famous individuals Recommend this anyone interested in obtaining the other side of Mark Twain s Becky.

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    25. Becky Thatcher describes her love for Tom Sawyer, her marriage to Tom s cousin Sid, and her struggle between the expectations of her era, her obligations to her family, and the fierce quest for passion and fulfillment.

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    26. Interesting historical novel Moved quickly, somewhat superficial I thought as it covered a lot of territory but I like the whole building on a fictional character thing Appealing for men also but they will be turned off by the cover and marketing.

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    27. I learn a lot about Missouri s involvement during the Civil War This book makes me want to go back a read Tom Sawyer again, since it has been a long since I read it Enjoyable I am looking forward to the rest of the activities planned by One Book Bradford for this book.

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    28. I expected a lot from this book, but at the end, it delivered a good story which could stand on its own and squandered some major opportunities to shed light to what had taken place in Tom Sawyer.I would recommend it with some hesitation , but I m not planning to read it again.

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    29. Just saw this on Jessica s list There aren t many literary Beckys, so I m intrigued Becky Thatcher wants to set the record straight She was never the weeping ninny Mark Twain made her out to be in his famous novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer jacket flap

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    30. Historical Fiction Check Characters based on great literature Check Plucky heroine Check Feminist leanings Check Star crossed lovers Check The story told by the real Becky Thatcher had pretty much everything I could ask for in a novel.

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