Penguin Classics Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainPenguin Classics Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Penguin Classics Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

byMark TwainEditorPeter Coveney

Paperback | January 28, 2003

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Mark Twain's witty, satirical tale of childhood rebellion against hypocritical adult authority, the Penguin Classics edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is edited with a critical introduction by Peter Coveney. Mark Twain's story of a boy's journey down the Mississippi on a raft conveyed the voice and experience of the American frontier as no other work had done before. When Huck escapes from his drunken, abusive 'Pap' and the 'sivilizing' Widow Douglas with runaway slave Jim, he embarks on a series of adventures that draw him to feuding families and the trickery of the unscrupulous 'Duke' and 'Dauphin'. Beneath the exploits, however, are more serious undercurrents - of slavery, adult control and, above all, of Huck's struggle between his instinctive goodness and the corrupt values of society which threaten his deep and enduring friendship with Jim. Based on the first edition of 1884, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn includes a chronology and list of further reading by Richard Maxwell. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) trained as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi river; 'Mark Twain', a phrase used on riverboats to indicate that the water is two fathoms deep, became the pseudonym by which he was best known. After the Civil War, Twain turned to journalism, publishing his first short story in 1865. Dubbed 'the father of American literature' by William Faulkner, Twain led a colourful life of travelling, bankruptcy and great literary success. If you enjoyed The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, you may like Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, also available in Penguin Classics. 'All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn ... There has been nothing as good since' Ernest Hemingway 'Huckleberry Finn, like other great works of imagination, can give to every reader whatever he is capable of taking from it' T.S. Eliot
Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, Mark Twain spent his youth in Hannibal, Missouri, which forms the setting for his two greatest works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Trying his hand at printing, typesetting and then gold-mining, the former steam-boat pilot eventually found his calling in jour...
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Title:Penguin Classics Adventures Of Huckleberry FinnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.8 × 5.09 × 0.92 inPublished:January 28, 2003Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light-hearted and meaningful book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the exciting story of a young boy, Huckleberry Finn, and his adventures as he floats on a raft down the Mississippi with a runaway slave. The time frame is set right after The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The book is written in first person from Huck’s point of view. Huckleberry Finn is a poor, uneducated boy with a drunken father. He is adopted by the Widow Douglas and Miss Watson who try to civilize him. Huck finds himself in a problematic situation regarding his father. To get out of it, Huck fakes his own death and hides out on an island. After a few days on the island, Huck comes across Jim, Miss Watson’s slave. Huck soon finds out that Jim has run away from Miss Watson. Together, Jim and Huck embark on a dangerous but hilarious journey to achieve Jim’s freedom. While trying to follow Huck’s moral development throughout the story, I noted that it is true to life with an uneven pattern as it often is with our own personal moral growth. Huck tends to lie and make up stories about who he is. At the beginning of the book it was either just for fun or to protect his identity as people thought he was dead. Later on in the book he still lies but now it’s mainly to protect Jim. In this book, the white people don’t treat the black people like humans but more as property or animals. After some time together, Huck comes to the realization that Jim is actually human but is unsure of whether he should help Jim attain his freedom. He wants to help Jim but he’s been told his whole life that helping a runaway slave is a sin and it’s wrong. Is this still a good piece of literature in modern days? Is there still something to be learned from this book? In my opinion, there still is despite the fact that it was written over 100 years ago. There are important morals and truths in this story that we can still apply to today. Racism and lack of equality between people is still a huge part of our society today, even though slavery has been banned in North America today. Humans tend to judge, superficially, based on what we see on the outside or as a result of our own fears and insecurities. If we see someone who looks different or acts differently than we do, we judge or feel threatened and often without realizing it. Although the issues tackled in this book are heavy topics, it is done in a lighthearted and amusing way. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a funny, engaging and meaningful book.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! hard to understand at first, but overall a great book with a different perspective
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A litterary classic A simple yet exciting novel. It was a truly great read!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I love this story. It's so simple and yet so amazing. I'm glad it's maintained popularity through the years.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome This is a classic and just so fun to read
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic I love this story. It's so simple and yet so amazing. I'm glad it's maintained popularity through the years.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stands the test of time Great story that expands the world and characters introduced in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Classic tale about a young boy's adventures and outlook on life.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CLASSIC I love Huck Finn. That's it. That's all I need to say.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Great book. Deals with many important societal issues and the writing is impeccable.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Huckleberry Finn Not one of my favourite classic books. It was time well spent reading the book.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic One of my favorite books - the first ten pages especially. The end is terrible, but it doesn't even matter. Hemingway said Twain ruined the book with the ending.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great #plumreview A true American classic that shows America, warts and all, with a deftness, humour and childlike vision unlike pretty much any other writer.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nicely printed, basic copy. Important piece of history. Never let the original version die. Down with censorship, especially when the subject matter is difficult to swallow. That makes it all the more important for people not to put their head in the sand. Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So boring It was probably the most boring book I've ever read
Date published: 2015-09-21
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