The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

byMark Twain

Paperback | December 1, 1998

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"One can read it at ten and then annually ever after, and each year find that it is as fresh as the year before, that it has changed only in becoming somewhat larger."--Lionel Trilling
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...
Title:The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.98 × 5.68 × 1.25 inPublished:December 1, 1998Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company

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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 4 out of 5 by from Huck Gets More Then He bergains For Huck Finn runs away to get away from his overly religious and formal aunt. Then he runs into his abusive father, were he kept as prisoner basically, in a log cabin. after escaping his fathers cabin, he runs into his Aunts runaway slave Jim. After meeting two con men in their travels, the con men tie up Jim, and turn Jim in for the money. later Huck meets his friend Tom Sawyer, who agrees to help him, in Jim's escape. Tom and Huck, come up with plans to help Jim escape. Tom's plan is not the best to say the least, but Huck goes along with the plan anyway, because Tom Sawyer is so stubborn, and head strong, Huck feels he can't change Tom's mind anyway, so Huck goes along too get a long. I wont tell more, though you may already know what happens. Some parts of the book are hard to understand, because of slang that is used in the speech, but you do get use to it. Warning The N word is used a lot in this book, but it's not done in the sprite of racism, it is done in sprite of realism. Let's be honest, the N word was much more common in the 19th century, then it is today.
Date published: 2013-08-27
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