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Puffin Classics Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Penguin UK Juvenile | April 1, 1995 | Trade Paperback

Puffin Classics Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
Hilariously picaresque, epic in scope, alive with the poetry and vigor of the American people, Mark Twain''s story about a young boy and his journey down the Mississippi was the first great novel to speak in a truly American voice. Influencing subsequent generations of writers -- from Sherwood Anderson to Twain''s fellow Missourian, T.S. Eliot, from Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner to J.D. Salinger -- "Huckleberry Finn," like the river which flows through its pages, is one of the great sources which nourished and still nourishes the literature of America.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.78 in

Published: April 1, 1995

Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140366768

ISBN - 13: 9780140366761

Found in: Literary
Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic There's a reason this book is a classic, it's arguably one of the greatest novels. It deals with sensitive but important issues such as slavery, and discrimination as well as life circumstances like building friendships and maturing. This truly is a book that everyone should read and experience, I highly recommend it. Another great adventurous book from Mark Twain and I expected nothing less.
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eeh, not great this book was not the greatest, it was hard to understand at times esp. when jim spoke.
Date published: 2009-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Classic Adventure Narrated by a poor, illiterate white boy living in America's deep South before the Civil War, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the story of Huck's escape from his brutal father and the relationship that grows between him and Jim, the slave who is fleeing from an even more brutal oppression. As they journey down the Mississippi their adventures address some of the most profound human conundrums: the prejudices of class, age, and colour are pitted against the qualities of hope, courage, and moral character. Classics always have a certain amount of hype and I had been intending to read this book for some time. Of course the writing is a little difficult to adjust to, but not because of the age of the book, but because of the dialects in which the characters speak. Twain chose to use the local vernacular that black slaves used for his runaway slave Jim. Although it is true to that time in history, it is striking how the characters speak and the words they use, which were in common usage in those days. I like how Twain chose to not sanitize the realities of that society, particularly racism. As I was reading I was constantly thinking that this story seemed like a fantasy. As if Huck was playing in his back yard and imagining that all these fanciful adventures were really happening. Now I don’t know if that’s what Twain intended, but that is how it came across to me. At the same time I couldn’t help but feel a measure of pity for Huckleberry Finn and Jim, two people with nowhere to go and no one to trust. But for those who have read it know that’s what makes the end satisfying. Story *** Characters *** Readability *** Overall rating ***
Date published: 2009-10-26

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Puffin Classics Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.78 in

Published: April 1, 1995

Publisher: Penguin UK Juvenile

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140366768

ISBN - 13: 9780140366761

From the Publisher

Hilariously picaresque, epic in scope, alive with the poetry and vigor of the American people, Mark Twain''s story about a young boy and his journey down the Mississippi was the first great novel to speak in a truly American voice. Influencing subsequent generations of writers -- from Sherwood Anderson to Twain''s fellow Missourian, T.S. Eliot, from Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner to J.D. Salinger -- "Huckleberry Finn," like the river which flows through its pages, is one of the great sources which nourished and still nourishes the literature of America.

About the Author

Samuel Clemens - steamboat pilot, prospector, and newspaper reporter - adopted the pen name "Mark Twain" when he began his career as a literary humorist. The pen name - a river's pilot's term meaning "two fathoms deep" or "safe water" - appears to have freed Clemens to develop the humorous, deadpan manner that became his trademark. During his lifetime, Twain wrote a great deal. Much of his writing was turned out quickly to make money. Even his least significant writing, however, contains flashes of wit and reveals his marvelous command of colloquial American English. His best work is his "Mississippi writing" - Life on the Mississippi (1883) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). In the latter novel Twain was able to integrate his talent for comic invention with his satirical cast of mind and sense of moral outrage. Novelist Ernest Hemingway declared The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the greatest American novel and the source of all modern American fiction. Certainly it influenced Hemingway's own work and that of writers as diverse as Saul Bellow and J.D. Salinger. Twain was born in Florida, Missouri, and grew up in Hannibal, a small southern town very similar to the one in which he places his heroes Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Twain was a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot, a profession he regarded with great respect all his life. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story "The Celebra
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From Our Editors

 

A brash, ill-mannered, rough and yet strangely innocent boy, Huck Finn has a reputation for getting into serious trouble — and having the most wonderful adventures a boy could ever hope for! In his second boy antihero, Mark Twain continued his wonderful portrait of American life on the Mississippi after the Civil War, so wonderfully rendered in the companion to this novel, Tom Sawyer. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn begins with poor Huck, safely living with the pious and well-intentioned Widow Douglas, having his fill of the inconsistencies in the Bible and turning tail and fleeing and faking his own death much like his best friend did in another tale. Along with Jim, the runaway slave, Huck takes a raft and goes on an unforgettable journey down the river and toward a strange type of freedom. Written with the same marvellous idiomatic language of Tom Sawyer and rich in the character studies that make it a classic, this edition of Huck Finn makes a welcome addition to the Puffin Classics library.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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