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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)

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Blueprint for living. Five stars. Six stars. A thousand stars! ( )
  Peter_Scissors | Jun 21, 2016 |
A great historical read that is full of exciting adventure and heart wrenching drama. ( )
  BrandyLuther | Jun 19, 2016 |

3.5 stars

“That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.”

It looks like Huckleberry Finn will be yet another classic I kind of fail in rating wise.

As a wee one I recall doing a mini, poorly written biography on Mark Twain for school. Why I picked him, who knows, I hadn’t read his stuff. That didn’t change until now either, where my first encounter is Huckleberry Finn, a book I rushed into enthusiastically, convinced I’d embrace this long-praised classic like a well-known friend. Sadly this wasn’t exactly the case.

There’s no argument, none, that this isn’t an awesome adventure tale. It pushed the envelope and was written full rush, the author without fear showing an abused child who runs away from his elders, a victim of fate who messes around with people, personal property, and petty crime. Certainly not a conventional protagonist for that time period, Huckleberry (what a name!) is far from perfect but that’s a star in his favor since I don’t care for one-dimensional characters. He’s not that – he has a conscience, he’s good in spirit, but also delightfully rebellious, ignorant due to circumstance, and enjoys a fib or two.

“What's the use you learning to do right when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?”

While the book wins with adventurous tales and the people Huck and Jim meet along their voyage, the dangers they escape, the near snares they avoid, my interest waned during the down time. It wasn’t the fault of the pacing, but rather my unfamiliarity with the old fashioned writing style. Dialogue is convincing and Twain full-on dishes out convincing dialect, yet this can grow irritating after awhile if I have to spend too much brain time away from the book trying to figure out what’s being said.

For a political soap-box story, this book has been commonly banned because of the “n” word usage. Here I see reviews disliking the book for that word as well.

I say, with this detestable word, that hiding from history or altering it (such as changing the word to robot in certain modern versions) doesn't do favors. It is history, it was the reality word then. If I read a modern book where this word was embraced, I would be offended. But with this book, published in the 1800s, I am not. Ironically it was banned for being anti-slavery when first released. It’s kind of strange now people see the word as too close to racism for comfort, so shun it for the opposite reasons now.

If the book kept this word up and promoted slavery of the times, I’d be more sympathetic to the outcries on not reading it. In reality, the author makes the situation of Jim a grim one, making the reader sympathize with the positive character of the story, see how horrible slavery was, and paints a nasty picture of it. It’s showing reality of those times but showing it as horrible, not something to be encouraged.

Overall it’s a worthy story, I can see why it gained it’s classic status – good characterization, interesting developments, a nice wrapped-up ending, unconventional plot surprises for the time period – it’s just a little difficult to stay enthralled with due to the time period I’m in now and the limited attention span I’ve developed.
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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
I had mixed feelings about this book for two reasons. I really liked the plot and stories within the book; however, the language made it difficult to read and I think children would struggle to comprehend. This book is centered around slavery in the south and adventures that Huck and Jim go on as they run from town to town escaping slave catchers. The plot is really engaging and unpredictable in so many ways the reader is always thrown for a surprise, but the end is tied together very nicely. Staying true to the setting of the story, the language and dialogue are very authentic as the author uses dialect when characters are conversing. This does add to the story and how individuals of that time period and region talked, however this made reading passages very challenging. I don’t know what would have helped make comprehension easier, while still staying true to the author’s voice, but I think children would struggle. The main message of this book is that in a society where following the rules doesn’t always seem morally correct, taking risks and creating adventures is sometimes the only thing you can do if you want things to change. Doing the right thing is hard, but helps if you have friends and courage to get you through tough times ( )
  Hayfastutman | Jun 9, 2016 |
What can I say? I read this several times as a child & teen. I loved the bit where the housewife figures out that Huck is a boy in a girl's dress. I love reading about the con artists. I want to float down a river with the stars above. Slavery is bad. If you've not read it, do so, ferpeetsake.

Ok, now (July 2012) I've just finished listening to this audio version, narrated by [a:Patrick Fraley|1312628|Patrick Fraley|http://www.goodreads.com/assets/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66.jpg]. He's good. I admit I've not listened to a lot of audio books so I don't have a lot to compare him too, but he 1. read naturally and smoothly in a pleasant voice, with pretty good differentiation among the characters and 2. helped me focus on the story instead of on deciphering the dialect.

I'd forgotten how many other stories were embedded in the adventures, and how much of a tribute to river life the book is. I'd forgotten how reflective of morals and ethics Huck is, too. This time I was a bit better able to tolerate Tom's shenanigans, but I still don't much care for that boy.

My teen son listened with me and he says he really liked it; it was a lot of fun. I can't think of anything more to say - it's just marvelous. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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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.
"All right, then, I'll go to hell"- and tore it up. 
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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.
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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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