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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (original 1884; edition 1994)

by Mark Twain

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Title:Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Authors:Mark Twain
Info:Dover Publications (1994), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 224 pages
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain’s sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, became an instant success in the year of its publication, 1884, but was seen by some as unfit for children to read because of its language, grammar, and "uncivilized hero." The book has sparked controversy ever since, but most scholars continue to praise it as a modern masterpiece, an essential read, and one of the greatest novels in all of American literature.... ( )
  Tutter | Mar 2, 2015 |
I really do love this book but those final chapters really make me angry at Mark Twain. Here we have Huck's big revelation that he'll go to hell to save his friend Jim from slavery after the duke and the king sell him out for a bit of whiskey money then who takes over the book but good ol' Tom Sawyer. All of Huck's progress as a character is thrown out the window for Tom Sawyer's crazy schemes for Adventure. Huck has lived the adventure while Tom is merely pretending, having no idea what horrific scenarios Huck has seen that came with the price of said adventure. To free Jim would be a straight forward plan in Huck's mind but Tom has to romanticize it that puts Jim, Huck, and himself in danger. Then Huck and the reader finds out due to Miss. Watson freeing Jim in her will that all of it was for nothing. Does Huck get angry at his friend Tom Sawyer over this fact like a older boy would after seeing people kill each other for reasons they can't remember, a man kill a innocent drunkard in cold blood, two crooks swindle people out of their hard earn money, and grown to see a person who society says isn't a person become a friend and a father figure? Nope, Huck just accepts this as everything is resolved nicely. Thus the failure of those final chapters of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. ( )
  FourOfFiveWits | Feb 23, 2015 |
This is a book set in old Mississippi. It is a recreation of a little boys's antics. It is before slavery was abolished.

Age: 5th through 8th grade
  RachelHollingsworth | Jan 20, 2015 |
Yes, yes…this is another instance of not having yet read a book virtually everyone in the English speaking world had read when they were young. Yet it is true…I had never before this past week read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

In this case I am glad I hadn’t read it before. Having grown up with the Disney-ification of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer I am convinced had I read this as a youth, it would not have made any more an impression on me than any other book of adventure. Having now read it as an adult I can appreciate the biting social and political commentary contained within the story. Themes of slavery and freedom, gender roles, the role of religious worship, class and regional distinctions, and competing economic systems are all contained in the prose….wrapped within a humorous, and exciting adventure story.

I would absolutely love it if a movie were made of this that was actually true to the book; one that explored all of these themes and didn’t shy away from the ugliness Huck and Jim encounter on their adventure. Coen brothers…are you listening? :) ( )
  mybucketlistofbooks | Jan 10, 2015 |
Had to read this long long ago as a high school assignment. Rereading it is much more meaningful now than then. ( )
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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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Notice: Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. By Order of the Author per G. G., Chief of Ordnance
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You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," but that ain't no matter.
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"All right, then, I'll go to hell"- and tore it up. 
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This is the original work. Please do not combine with other adaptations, abridgements, study guides, or volumes that contain the original work PLUS critical essays or study guides.
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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.

This book was the perfect adventure book for me when I was younger. I always wanted to pretend I was floating off on some great journey, but I was always happy to come home.
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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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