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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Penguin Clothbound Classics) (original 1884; edition 2014)

by Mark Twain (Author)

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Title:The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Penguin Clothbound Classics)
Authors:Mark Twain (Author)
Info:Penguin Classics (2014), Edition: Reprint, 393 pages
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)

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In the words of one of my students, "Sometimes I forget that Huck isn't real." ( )
  Aidan767 | Feb 1, 2024 |
I've read a number of Twain's other works, but never got around to this one because what I knew of the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn told me they were the obnoxious sort that would rub me the wrong way. Well, this book was chosen for a book club read for February 2024. Time to read it and check it off the list.

Twain is excellent at creating voice. The book is powerful in that way--you get a sense of how people talked and acted, in a very immersive form. As I suspected, though, Huck Finn irritated me from the start. He does everything in the most difficult way possible. Situations drag out endlessly because people don't engage in the simplest of discussions. It is exasperating. At the end, Huck loses agency in a major way and Tom Sawyer maneuvers himself to dominate the narrative.

On a technical level, my copy was challenging to read, as the library bestowed upon me a late 1960s pocket-sized paperback that seemed to be held together by tenuous glue and prayers. The text was tiny, and that meant that the often-large dialogue paragraphs were hard for me to read. It made it easy to start skimming.

Those negatives said, it's a classic for good reasons.

There is tremendous power in that this book, published in the 1880s, represents a true friendship between a young white boy and a black man. Huck evolves through the course of the book, too. His love for Jim shows through his actions. There's also power in the language that Twain uses. I'd known for ages about the controversy over the use of the n-word in the book, but I had no idea how often it was used. It's... a lot. That noted, it also felt like Twain was calling upon the lingo of the period. That derogatory word has a unique, dehumanizing meaning. If someone tried to replace it using a word like "Black," (as has been proposed) the replacement wouldn't work. The words don't carry the same function.

We should learn from what our ancestors did, and strive to do better. Be kinder. Acknowledge other people as human. Share a raft, like Huck and Jim did, and learn from the experience.

That's why a book like this, which I honestly didn't enjoy that much, is still a worthwhile read and should not be banned. ( )
  ladycato | Jan 23, 2024 |
Just reread. Loved every bit until they ran into the duke and the king. Then it felt like a bit of a caper. Loved the river and rafting descriptions again though. First half is 4.5 stars maybe. ( )
  nogomu | Oct 19, 2023 |
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?”
  taurus27 | Oct 16, 2023 |
Read this book in my Junior year English class. I enjoyed it but the teacher preferred when we read it as a class, and had to write an essay on it. ( )
  florrrrr12 | Aug 31, 2023 |
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Classic novel grapples with moral question of slavery.
added by vibesandall | editCommon Sense Media, Common Sense Media (Sep 1, 2020)
 
Mark Twain's tale of a rebel boy and a runaway slave seeking liberation upon the waters of the Mississippi remains a defining classic of American literature.
added by vibesandall | editThe Guardian, Robert McCrum (Feb 24, 2014)
 
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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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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Penguin Australia

9 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141439645, 0142437174, 0141023619, 0141321091, 0451530942, 0141045183, 0143105949, 0141334843, 0141199008

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