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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)

by Mark Twain

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Series: Tom Sawyer (2)

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One frequently challenged American classic is Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemons.) The reasons for challenging it are various. It uses the "n-word" to refer to African-Americans of the pre-Civil War period. Huck Finn makes an important choice in the course of the book, in which he defies the law and the moral injunctions of his elders, and is shown as being right to do so. America of the pre-Civil War period is portrayed as being less than perfect--a long way less than perfect.

The story of Huckleberry Finn is simple; in fact, the Author's Note at the beginning threatens dire consequences for anyone claiming to identify a plot in the book. Huck, having come into money in an earlier book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, has been placed in the custody of the Widow Douglas, who is attempting to civilize him. He appreciates her efforts, but feels confined. The alternative, living with his abusive father, is even worse. Huck runs away, heads down the Mississippi River--and meets up with the Widow Douglas' slave, Jim, who has also run away. They raft down the Mississippi together, with Huck getting an education about people, relations between black and white, and injustice. In the end they are back in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, MO, with Jim recaptured and set to be sold. Huck has a difficult choice to make.

This is not a grim book; it is lively and entertaining, and filled with adventures that any young or young-at-heart reader will enjoy. Huck learns a lot, though, and grows as a human being. This is an important book; it's also a fun one.

Highly recommended. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
It’s about forsaking religion in the name of rap.

“Well, I wouldn’t want to go to heaven if it meant associatin’ with a blery kaffir fool like you!”

.... That’s the character, then there’s the author: you see it in more classical types too, who theoretically would Know Better, but because religion (atonement theory) is one thing, and reality is something else— they don’t.
  smallself | Sep 14, 2018 |
991/1500 ( )
  Drfreddy94 | Jul 17, 2018 |
Honestly, anything I would want to say about this book has already been said. I read it awhile back but I still adore it to this day. It's a truly great book! I wish more schools would add it to the curriculum!!! ( )
  spellbindingstories | May 24, 2018 |
Mi primera impresión tras terminar la lectura de Las aventuras de Huckleberry Finn fue que me había tardado muchos años en descubrir este libro. Pensé (y pensaba a medida que lo leía) que debí haberme acercado a él cuando aún era un púber, cuando podía identificarme mejor con Huck Finn, en fin, cuando era un muchacho más inocente. De eso iba a tratar esta reseña: de la importancia de esta novela como lectura iniciática, de cómo me aseguraré de que mis hipotéticos y poco probables futuros hijos y nietos lo lean (junto con Alicia, El Principito y El Hobbit) antes que ningún otro libro. Ahora lo pienso bien y decido que no, que las aventuras de Huck Finn o de Tom Sawyer (que hace un cameo en este libro y que, por cierto, me cae muy mal) no son literatura infantil o juvenil en absoluto, más bien son historias muy duras, difícilmente digeribles por un niño. De pronto entiendo la intención de Mark Twain: que el lector se parta de la risa. Este es un libro para leerse con mucho sentido del humor, pero esto solo se consigue observando a sus personajes desde fuera, desde la imposibilidad de cualquier identificación, desde las alturas sin retorno de la vida adulta.

He perdido la cuenta de cuántas novelas han sido ennoblecidas con el rimbombante título de "La Gran Novela Americana". Al respecto, mi opinión es que hay una gran novela americana por cada década de la cambiante historia de ese país, una obra de ficción que representa todo lo que Estados Unidos fue durante determinados diez años; después de eso la misma historia ya no sería representante fiel de la realidad.

Esta es, sin asomo de duda, una de esas novelas: en ella tenemos la oportunidad de echar un vistazo a los Estados Unidos previos a la Guerra Civil a través de los ojos de un niño que viaja por el Mississippi río abajo (creyendo que está viajando río arriba) en compañía de un esclavo negro al que ha ayudado a escapar. Huck y Jim, prófugos, ingenuos y blanco fácil de infinidad de peligros, se embarcan en una aventura épica de la cual no cualquiera habría salido vivo. Si ellos se salvan es precisamente debido a las características que en apariencia los hacen más vulnerables. Y claro, gracias a la perspicacia y la habilidad para mentir del buen Huck. Pese a que en ocasiones podría confundírsela con una novela moral, Twain deja bien claro desde el principio, en una genial advertencia introductoria, que cualquiera que intente encontrar lecciones, razones o incluso una trama en su narrativa, será juzgado, desterrado y hasta podría recibir un disparo. La misma advertencia debería abrir toda obra literaria.

Un pensamiento aislado que no puedo reprimir: me gusta confundir la realidad con la ficción, pero me gusta más confundir la ficción con la ficción, entrelazar historias que nunca sucedieron. Así me he convencido de que uno de los hijos del viejo Jim terminó por convertirse en Django "Freeman", el prócer de la abolición de la esclavitud en Estados Unidos (remitirse al último film de Tarantino).

Y un consejo final: hay que leerla en inglés. No quiero ni pensar cómo acometieron la traducción de un texto con tantos dialectos (están el dialecto de Jim y de los negros de Missouri, la variedad de acentos sureños en algunos personajes), pues el autor también explica, antes de iniciar, que no los ha transcrito al azar o por adivinanza, sino tras un muy arduo esfuerzo y gracias a su experiencia y familiaridad con los mismos. Esto puede resultar confuso al principio, sobre todo para un lector que viene de otro idioma, pero pronto se vuelve divertido y nos permite imaginar con más detalle los diálogos y así tener una experiencia más completa. Es lamentable lo mucho que se pierde en cualquier traducción, pero estoy convencido de que en esta en particular se pierde mucho más. ( )
  andresborja42 | Mar 24, 2018 |
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Mark Twain may be called the Edison of our literature. There is no limit to his inventive genius, and the best proof of its range and originality is found in this book, in which the reader's interest is so strongly enlisted in the fortunes of two boys and a runaway negro that he follows their adventures with keen curiosity, although his common sense tells him that the incidents are as absurd and fantastic in many ways as the "Arabian Nights."
 

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Book description
This is the story of a boy and an escaped slave as they travel down the Mississippi River. it's a story of friendship and family and home.
Audible is pleased to announce the premiere of an exciting new series, Audible Signature Classics, featuring literature’s greatest stories, performed by accomplished stars handpicked for their ability to interpret each work in a new and refreshing way. The first book in the series is Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, performed by Elijah Wood.

Ernest Hemingway said, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn". One hundred years after its author’s death, this classic remains remarkably modern and poignantly relevant. In this brand new edition, Elijah Wood reads Huck in a youthful voice that may be the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent. His performance captures the excitement and confusion of adolescence and adventure. Best of all, the immediacy of Wood’s energetic reading sweeps listeners up and makes them feel as though they’re along for the ride, as Huck and Jim push their raft toward freedom.
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Run away from home
Lazy Summer down river
Ignorance ain’t bliss

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A seminal work of American Literature that still commands deep praise and still elicits controversy, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is indispensable to a full understanding of the novel. The changes, deletions, and additions made in the first half of the manuscript indicate that Mark Twain frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational book than the one he finally published.

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A feisty young boy fakes his own death to escape his abusive father and heads off down the Mississippi River with his newfound friend Jim, a runaway slave.

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