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Author: Jon Clinch
Finn sets a tragic figure loose in a landscape at once familiar and mythic. It begins and ends with a lifeless body -- flayed and stripped of all identifying marks -- drifting down the Mississippi. The circumstances of the murder, and the secret of the victim's identity, shape Finn’s story as they will shape his life and his d...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780739484593
ISBN-10: 0739484591
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 287
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Masterful re-imagining of the tale of Huck Finn's pap. Clinch uses Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer to flesh out the vile Pap Finn. And Clinch really characterizes Finn as the vilest! He expertly uses every reference to Finn by Twain to weave a tale of Finn's life on the banks of the Mississippi, his addiction to alcohol, and his love/hate relationship with blacks. Probably the most daring aspect of the novel was making Huck Finn a mulatto. Although this was never hinted at by Twain, it is a reasonable alternative to Huck's history. Overall, I would definitely recommend this one to anyone wanting to read a slightly different approach to Twain's masterpiece. I haven't read Huckleberry Finn since college (over 40 years ago) -- I definitely need to reread this classic!
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Jon Clinch takes us on a journey into the history and heart of one of American literatures most brutal and mysterious figures: Huckleberry Finns father.

I liked this book Clinch is an eloquent writer. The out of sequence story-telling was a bit distracting for me.

Clinch takes information for Huckleberry Finn and creates a backstory of Finn's father. Finn was a hard to like guy most of the time.