Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: With Illustrations by E. W. Kemble

Hardcover | May 6, 2005

byMark Twain

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Universally acclaimed as one of the greatest creations of American fiction, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful tale of adventure and self-discovery along the mighty Mississippi. Enjoy this classic over and over again with this beautiful hardcover reproduction of the original edition, adorned with 174 exuberant illustrations by E. W. Kemble.

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Universally acclaimed as one of the greatest creations of American fiction, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful tale of adventure and self-discovery along the mighty Mississippi. Enjoy this classic over and over again with this beautiful hardcover reproduction of the original edition, adorned with 174 exuberant illustrations ...

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. Dur...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.38 × 0.98 inPublished:May 6, 2005Publisher:Dover PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0486443221

ISBN - 13:9780486443225

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain Like many people growing up I read THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN as an obligatory assignment at school. No one likes obligatory reading, and it was like water off a duck's back. Regretting that I remembered nothing of the novel, I recently re-read it, and I found it entertaining reading, and also much more for a grown-up audience than I expected. Of course the book was only started as a sequel to Twain's novel for boys THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER before being turned towards much more serious themes, such as child abuse and the conflicts in antebellum southern society. But even much of the novel's humour is intended for older readers, requiring some knowledge of European history and of Shakespeare. The book's status as one of the Great American Novels is curious when it paints so bleak a picture of America. Any signs of refined culture among these inhabitants of the Mississippi comes not even for the East Coast but from Europe. For all of Twain's love of the land--indeed, the Mississippi River is itself a character--he was clearly a cosmopolitan figure by this point. Or perhaps the praise of America is subtle, as it is a portrait of a land free of aristocracy (the characters who call themselves the "king" and "duke" are scoundrels), and the novel is written in the honest vernacular of country people. The novel cannot in any way be considered a perfect work of literature when it is an arc that soars towards quality only in the middle. The opening pages are still in the realm of children's literature, while the final section reads as a tiresome parody with far too much serendipity to be believable. For that reason I've rated it four stars.
Date published: 2009-07-26