Surprisingly, this is one of the funniest books I've ever read. Twain injects humor into ordinary circumstances and creates extraordinary situations. My favorite is when Huck convinces Jim to etch stories of his captivity and torturous life in jail on metal plates and throw them out of the window of the small guest cabin behind Huck's aunt's house, where Jim had been staying only a week.
Huck's a mischievous and adventure-loving little guy you'll really enjoy simply because of his bold and fearless personality. Twain did well with this one and I recommend it.
I had read it when I was younger and wanted to read as a adult. Just wonderful Mr Twain sure knew how to write. Just picks you up and sets you down in a different time. I could feel the heat, feel the river and so enjoyed it.
Gail M. reviewed Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain Library) on
If contemporary readers can put themselves back into a different time period, this is a fascinating visit to a very different era. Twain's struggles with his contemporary social attitudes are evident throughout the book.
The adventures of a boy and a runaway slave as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft.
From the Publisher
Revered by all of the town's children and dreaded by all of its mothers, Huckleberry Finn is indisputably the most appealing child-hero in American literature.
Unlike the tall-tale, idyllic world of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is firmly grounded in early reality. From the abusive drunkard who serves as Huckleberry's father, to Huck's first tentative grappling with issues of personal liberty and the unknown, Huckleberry Finn endeavors to delve quite a bit deeper into the complexities-both joyful and tragic of life.
Winner of the Listen Up AwardBest Classic Fiction of 1996 and Grammy Award Nominee for the Best Spoken Word of 1996.
From The Critics
All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.
1. Each year I try to make sure that at least one of the books I read has achieved the status of classic. This years choice was Huckleberry Finn, the timeless (one of the marks of a classic) coming of age story that also fits into the picaresque category in that it is an adventure tale about a hero with a rather shady past who comes from a bad family, lacks traditional values, isnt always honest and sets off on a journey with a sidekick. Thats Huck, all right. Timeless classics like this one earn that distinction for other reasons as well. Not only does Huckleberry Finn reveal something about the historical era in which it was set, but it also passes the test of time because it deals with universal themes and issues that have to do with the complexities, the heartbreak and the joy of being human. Love, and loyalty as well as betrayal and forgiveness are all there in the relationship between Huck and Jim, and the characters they meet on their trip down the Mississippi are each a portrait of some aspect of human nature (not necessarily the most uplifting!) Huckleberry Finn has been accused of being a rascist novel a criticism I find difficult to understand since it seems to me that Twains purpose in writing it was to expose and condemn rather than go along with attitudes about blacks that were so prevalent at the time the novel was written. My only criticism of the novel has to do with the last part when Tom Sawyer appears upon the scene. It seems like from that point on the focus shifts away from Huck and Jim and on to a character who has very little if anything to do with both the story and what it stands for. Somehow it just didnt feel right and I cant help but wonder what Twains purpose was.
In high school I was taught this is America's greatest novel, and that it's our epic. Thirty years later, I read it again with more confidence in my own opinion.
The first part of the book, before Huck and Jim take off down the river, is great. Their island really is majestic, Huck's deception of his pa entertains and interests, as well as speaking volumes about Huck's character.
The middle of the book, Huck and Jim are too much of bystanders watching other stories - the feuding families, all the adventures with the King and the Duke.
The end of the book, when Tom Sawyer shows up? Ouch. It's a thin joke gone way too far. Just tiring to read. Then the denouement fairy shows up on literally the last 2 pages to sweep away the 2 major points of conflict in the book.
That said, it's still a very powerful, humorously ironic upending of racist America in the middle 1800's, and Twain should be proud that some doofuses still get worked up that his book has that word in it. The novel also expresses Twain's love and knowledge of America's great river well.
This is an excellent book by Mark Twain. The story delves further into the character introduced in Tom Sawyer. In Twain's impeccable way, the reader will be transported back in time to experience life on the might Mississippi. Perfect reading for children and adults.
Huck Finn has probably been reviewed more times than anyone would care to count, so I guess it would be advantageous to make this short and sweet- not to mention different. I have a seven year old son who loves classic literature. Not many books lend themselves to storytelling to a seven year old that were written over one hundred years ago. This one does. It is in my humble opinion that this book is a wonderful selection for trying to bring the tradition of family reading back into style.
Gloria H. reviewed Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain Library) on
Mark Twain will take you back to the slow and lazy days of the old south. He will carry your imagination to the Great Mississippi, the Steam Boat and the people who traveled that busy waterway. You will also get a taste of the separation of Blacks and Whites of that day as well as the differences of the haves and the have nots of the Whites in that time period and in the South. This book will hold you spell bound.
I feel like this book is underrated.
Mark Twain captured his characters through his writing style so well.
It's a message book, but can also just be a fun read.
It's witty, and...oh it's just so "Mark Twain".
I tried to read the Adventures of Tom Sawyer once and couldn't get very far because I got bored, but this book was very interesting/entertaining.
I enjoyed it, and love that it's more in depth than most entertaining books.
I would recommend to a friend.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a sequel of sorts. First came The Adventures of Tom Sawyer which Huckleberry Finn was a character in just as Tom Sawyer was in this one. In this adventure Huckleberry runs away from his alcoholic father and along the way runs into a slave Jim, who is trying to gain his freedom. As they stop in towns along the river they always seem to run into trouble.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was more enjoyable to read on my own then it was to read for school. Huck definitely has a original imagination to get them through all the hijinks they go through.
I felt that by the Tom Sawyer showed up the book could and probably should have ended. Many of the people in the town were pretty gullible to believe Huck, Tom and other characters like the Duke or King.
An Interesting read. Not sure I understand why it is a classic except that is by Mark Twain. I could see the authors humor throughout the book, which he was known for.
An American classic. Twain fills out his characters so realistically, you may think you know them already. I think all the names were changed to protect the innocent and not so innocent. A great book to read and discuss.
I know this is suppose to be a classic but im not sure why.I found the book tedious and boring and had to push myself to read it.The way Jim spoke in the book was hard to read and therefore you had a hard time trying to understand what he said.Alot of my friends in my book group didnt like it either and didnt finish the story they gave up half way through.
He has no mother, his father is a brutal drunkard, and he sleeps in a hogshead. He's Huck Finn, a homeless waif, a liar and theif on occasion and a casual rebel against respectability. But on the day that he encounters another fugitive from trouble, a runaway slave named Jim, he also finds for the first time in his life love, acceptance and a sense of responsibility. And it is in teh exciting and moving story of these two outcasts fleeing down the Mississipp on a raft, that a wonderful metamorphosis occurs. The boy nobody wants becomes a human being with a sense of his own destiny and the courage to choose between violating the code of conventional and betraying the person who needs him most. Rich in color, humor and adventurous frontier experience of the Mississippi, this great novel vividly recreates the world, the people and the language that Mark Twain knew and loved from his own years on the riverboats.
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