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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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    Searching For Jim: Slavery In Sam Clemens's World (Mark Twain and His Circle) by Terrell Dempsey (pechmerle)
    pechmerle: Tremendously enlightening study of the N.E. Missouri social context from which Twain developed the character of Jim.
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I love this book. There is so much nuance. The people who want to ban it are the people that Twain is mocking. The change in the peripheral characters' attitudes at the end is hysterical and stunning. Twain exaggerates their language to wonderful effect. Huck's change in attitude comes in fits and starts, but it sticks.

Huck and Jim are two of the best characters in American lit. Huck for his plain honesty (and unreliable narration) and good character. Jim for his undying kindness and good heart, despite his awful circumstance. My heart broke for both of them, which is exactly what Twain intended.

I loved seeing Tom Sawyer again, but I was a bit put off by the deus ex machina of the unlikely long distance coincidence, but it amused me. I was willing to go with it because there had to be a conclusion and resolution to the book somehow.

Plus, it was fun seeing how Huck interpreted Jim's reaction to Tom's increasingly ridiculous suggestions for the rescue plan. Jim knew he could do it alone, but tolerated the boys because he needed them and cared about them. Twain was a master of language. What is seen through Huck's eyes as childish and stupid language, can also be seen as a tolerant adult knowing they have little choice but to play along.

Jim's language is very different around the Duke and the King. He speaks little and is always guarded in what he says. He's not childish or stupid.

The conversation that details Sister Hotchkiss and a number of the townfolk is brilliant. I love the way that Twain captures dialects uses them as character descriptions.

The book ends when Huck says it ends. I want to know so much more. I know there are follow up books with Sawyer, so I intend to read them. And on goes my summer of Twain. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
Many rate Huckleberry Finn better than Tom Sawyer better but I like the latter better. Huckleberry Finn can be rambling at times, taking too much time on particular episodes, for example, the rescue of Jim, which became tiresome. What is touching about the story is the relationship between Finn and Jim i.e. the genuine kindness they show towards each other regardless of race. ( )
  siok | Mar 9, 2019 |
matters appear hysterical on goodreads these days. Ripples of concern often appear daunting to the literate, cushioned by their e-devices and their caffienated trips to dusty book stores; why, the first appearence of crossed words often sounds like the goddamn apocalypse. Well, it can anyway. I find people are taking all of this way too seriously.

I had a rough day at work. It is again hot as hell outside and I just wanted to come home and listen to chamber music and read Gaddis until my wife comes home. Seldom are matters that simple. It is within these instances of discord that I think about Pnin. I love him and the maestro's creation depicting such. I situate the novel along with Mary and The Gift in my personal sweet cell of Nabokov, insulated well away from Lolita and Ada, perhaps drawing strength from Vladimir's book on Gogol, though certainly not his letters with Bunny Wilson. It is rare that I can think about Pnin washing dishes and not tear up. I suppose I'll survive this day as well. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Huck Finn: The Manga Edition will be a hit with both manga readers and in the classroom. A four-page essay at the beginning ties the novel and manga together; the rest of the book is taken up with the manga novel itself. So, there should be strong carryover between those people who are manga readers and those teachers/students who want a new and unique way to read the plays.
Our Huck Finn manga is true to the original context of the play--we don't take Huck, Jim, and the rest of the characters and set them in a setting/time that's not relevant to Twain's original and intended time/setting. Also, we don't shy away frm the controversial language that you find in Twain's original work. You could say that ours is "true" to the novel.
  JESGalway | Feb 12, 2019 |
A great book of adventures but: The slavery issue was tainted by the times. This book is a window to the attitudes and sick humanity of its place and time. While Jim, the African American hero, fares very well and the ending is a relief, I can't help feeling shame and disgust at the prevailing philosophy of all of the other characters. It is a clever story with lots of chilling adventure. The seduction of greed and the plays on ignorance are plenty and this gives it a redemptive value. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Twain, Markprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benton, Thomas HartIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brockway, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cardwell, GuyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coveney, PeterEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DeVoto, BernardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dietz, NormanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dufris, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Field, RobinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fiore, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fraley, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giphart, EmyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hagon, GarrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, DickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kazin, AlfredAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kemble, Edward W.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krüger, LoreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKay, DonaldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Minton, HaroldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moser, BarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neilson, KeithPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Meally, Robert G.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parker, TomNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seelye, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Henry NashEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stegner, WallaceIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Swahn, Sven ChristerTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, ColinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whittam, GeoffreyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wood, ElijahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553210793, Mass Market Paperback)

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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