I had to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in middle school, and I fervently wish that they had made us read Huck Finn instead I mean, I understand why they didn t giving middle schoolers an excuse to throw around racial slurs in a classroom setting is just asking for a lawsuit from somebody s parents , but Huck Finn is better It s smarter, it s funnier, and Huck s adventures stay with you a lot longer than Tom s, because Huck s experiences were richer and interesting, whereas The Adventures of Tom Sawyer could easily have been titled The Adventures of an Entitled Little Asshole If Tom had to go through half of what happens to Huck in this story, he d be balled up in the corner crying after five minutes The action of Huck Finn is set in motion when Huck s father shows up and decides that he s going to be responsible for his son now the story picks up right where Tom Sawyer left off, with Huck and Tom becoming rich, hence Finn Sr s sudden involvement in his kid s life Huck s father essentially kidnaps him, taking him to a cabin in the middle of nowhere and getting drunk and beating his son Huck escapes by faking his own death and it s awesome and begins traveling up the Mississippi river He runs into Jim, a slave who belonged to the Widow Douglas s sister Jim overheard his owner talking about selling him, so he decided to run away and try to go north Huck, after some hesitation, goes with him From this point, the structure of the book closely mirrors Don Quixote a mismatched pair of companions travels the country, having unrelated adventures and comic intervals On their travels, Huck and Jim encounter con men, criminals, slave traders, and in the best mini story in the book a family involved in a Hatfields and McCoys like feud with a neighboring clan The story comes full circle when Tom Sawyer shows up and joins Jim and Huck for the last of their adventures, and the best part of this is that Tom Sawyer s overall ridiculousness becomes obvious once we see him through Huck s eyes Huck is a great narrator, and I think one of the reasons I liked this book than its counterpart was because it s narrated in first person, and so Huck s voice is able to come through clearly in every word In addition to the great stories, there are also some really beautiful descriptions of the Mississippi river, as seen in this passage about the sun rising on the river The first thing to see, looking away over the water, was a kind of dull line that was the woods on t other side you couldn t make nothing else out then a pale place in the sky then paleness, spreading around then the river softened up, away off, and warn t black any , but grey you could see little dark spots drifting along, ever so far away trading scows, and such things and long black streaks rafts sometimes you could hear a sweep screaking, or jumbled up voices it was so still, and sounds come so far and by and by you could see a streak on the water which you know by the look of the streak that there s a snag there in a swift current which breaks on it and makes that streak look that way and you see the mist curl up off of the water, and the east reddens up, and the river, and you make out a log cabin on the edge of the woods, away on the bank on t other side of the river, being a wood yard, likely, and pulled by them cheats so you can throw a dog through it anywheres then the nice breeze springs up, and comes fanning you from over there, so cool and fresh, and sweet to smell, on account of the woods and the flowers but sometimes not that way, because they ve left dead fish laying around, gars and such, and they do get pretty rank and next you ve got the full day, and everything smiling in the sun, and the song birds just going it also that was one single sentence Damn, Mark Twain A fun, deceptively light series of stories that s funny and sad when you least expect it Well done, The List you picked a good one, for once why are you still here The review s over Oh, I get it You want me to talk about the racism, right You want me to discuss how Huck views Jim as stolen property instead of a person and criticize the frequent use of the N Word and say problematic a lot, right Well, tough titties I m not getting involved in that, because it s stupid and pointless, and I m just going to let Mark Twain s introduction to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn speak for itself, and the work as a whole Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. Review updated on 16.02.2017.Ask any person anywhere in the world to give an example of a classic book of US literature and it is a safe bet this one will come out among the top three The only reason I am going to mention the plot for such famous book is the fact that I always do it I am not breaking my own tradition in this case So an orphan boy and a runaway slave travel together in Southern US One of the most interesting parts of the book for me was gradual change in Huck s attitude towards Jim he stops regarding the latter as a slave and starts thinking about him as an equal human being There is an obvious anti racist message in the book It also happens to have very funny laugh out loud moments It also contains satirical depiction of some aspects of life in small US cities in the early nineteenth century It contains some very poetic descriptions at times It also has some sad moments It is a classic book which is also still fun to read unlike numerous classics I can think of This is a book which teaches important lessons while still remembering that reading can be fun The book is written in the first person vernacular This is really the only example I can think of where it works It took a genius of Mark Twain to pull it off successfully If an inspiring author who thinks about using first or third person vernacular stumbles upon my review my advice would be do not, unless you think your writing talent is on the same level as that of Samuel Langhorne Clemens The author wrote the novel in such a way that it became controversial countless number of times resulting in its banning it from public libraries and censorship One would think people would get over these controversies by now, but to nobody s surprise some people still find things in the book to be offended at, just take a look at the latest example will try to explain to the easily offended hypocrites why they are wrong in the least brain taxing way possible using simple ASCII art Point 1 mile v OYou You missed the point by one mile This gives me an excellent opportunity to talk about limited copyright terms it seems to me we are heading for unlimited extension of copyright Limited copyright term means that regardless of current political climate and resulting censorship we will always have access to a legal unaltered copy of the book as in this case public wins.A lot of people do not appreciate the book because they were forced to read it in high school If this was your only reading by all means give it another try to get a fresh prospective In conclusion this novel belongs to a relatively rare category of classics consisting of books that do not feel like you do heavy manual labor while you read them My rating is 4.5 stars rounded up out of my deepest respect for it P.S The original illustrations are excellent.P.P.S Project Gutenberg has a copy with original illustrations. An Alternative Cover Edition For This ISBN Can Be Found HereThis Perennially Popular Norton Critical Edition Reprints For The First Time The Definitive Iowa California Text Of Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, Complete With All Original Illustrations By Edward Windsor Kemble And John Harley The Text Is Accompanied By Explanatory Annotations Contexts And Sources Provides Readers With A Rich Selection Of Documents Related To The Historical Background, Language, Composition, Sale, Reception, And Newly Discovered First Half Of The Manuscript Of Mark Twain S Greatest Work Included Are Letters On The Writing Of The Novel, Excerpts From The Author S Autobiography, Samples Of Bad Poetry That Inspired His Satire Including An Effort By Young Sam Clemens Himself , A Section On The Censorship Of Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn By Schools And Libraries Over A Hundred Year Period, And Commentary By David Carkeet On Dialects Of The Book And By Earl F Briden On Its Racist Illustrations In Addition, This Section Reprints The Full Texts Of Both Sociable Jimmy, Upon Which Is Based The Controversial Theory That Huck Speaks In A Black Voice, And A True Story, Repeated Word For Word As I Heard It, The First Significant Attempt By Mark Twain To Capture The Speech Of An African American In Print Criticism Of Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Is Divided Into Early Responses Including The First Negative Review And Modern Views By Victor A Doyno, T S Eliot, Jane Smiley, David L Smith, Shelley Fisher Fishkin The Black Voice Thesis , James R Kincaid A Rebuttal Of Fishkin , And David R Sewell Also Included Is Toni Morrison S Moving Personal Introduction To The Troubling Experience Of Reading And Re Reading Mark Twain S Masterpiece A Chronology And Selected Bibliography Are Also Included I about made up my mind to pray and see if I couldn t try to quit being the kind of boy I was, and be better So I kneeled down But the words wouldn t come Why wouldn t they It warn t no use to try and hide it from Him Nor from me, neither I knowed very well why they wouldn t come It was because my heart wasn t right it was because I warn t square it was because I was playing double I was letting on to give up sin, but away inside of me I was holding on to the biggest one of all I was trying to make my mouth say I would do the right thing and the clean thing, and go and write to Jim s owner and tell where he was but deep down in me I knowed it was a lie and He knowed it You can t pray a lie I found that outIt was a close place I took it up, and held it in my hand I was a trembling, because I d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself All right, then, I ll go to Hell and tore it up. . That is just the way with some people They get down on a thing when they don t know nothing about it What makes a classic A question I have had to ask myself repeatedly over the last few days, after students in Grade 8 received the task to come to the library and check out a classic to read There was a list with the usual suggestions, but students ventured out and started to explore shelves, and then came to me with a wide range of books, repeating the question Is this a classic Why did I turn down the diary of a wimpy kid, they wanted to know, and accept Huckleberry Finn, even though it was so much harder to understand, and also, they had heard it was racist All good questions, and I was careful not to give a too categorical answer The last thing I wanted was for them to make the connotation that a classic is a boring must, while a good book is what the teachers and librarians would refuse.Difficult.I found myself talking about the Count of Monte Cristo and Voldemort, about Tom Sawyer and Oliver Twist in comparison to Harry Potter, and I made a case for trying to get through parts of Huckleberry Finn even though the language is challenging, mainly because it contains exactly the message that people become unfair when they don t know nothing about it.I found myself talking about discovering other times, other societies, other ideas of justice and hierarchy, and I talked about living in the mind of someone other than oneself Imagine Huckleberry on that raft on the Mississippi, I said Imagine him being in a conflict between the values he was taught and the humanity he discovered together with his fellow human, who happened to be a black man in distress Which concept of life would be stronger Imagine a situation in which you would have to make a choice between what you are taught and what you perceive That s interesting , a student said.Another one replied Yeah, but it really is racist too And I thought That makes a classic A book that can still inspire discussions in a school library some 135 years after its initial publication So, dear Harry, I hope that in the year 2133, some librarian will tell students that you are a classic hero, still worthy of their attention, even though your worldview may seem a bit dated and out of touch with their perception of reality And just imagine all the Voldemorts we will have had to fight to make sure there are still school libraries and reading kids by then To Huck and Harry , 825 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark TwainAdventures of Huckleberry Finn or, in recent editions, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885 It is told in the first person by Huckleberry Huck Finn, the narrator of two other Twain novels Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective and a friend of Tom Sawyer It is a direct sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1994 1328 1349 1348 308 1387 383 9789648223408 1393 368 9786009418879 19 1345 312 1377 416 1389 443 9789640013182 1362 394 1370 394 1370 394 1364 255 1366 380 1372 136 1390 1379 228 1375 228 1385 1390 397 9786009109746 1391 59 9786005550078 1392 175 9789645680440 1394 336 9786002517029 177 This is a rant I found Huckleberry Finn on my bookshelf had been changed to Huckleberry Finn Robotic Edition Some very pc authors and editors took it upon themselves to change the N word to robot They then rewrote the book to take away any mention of humans and to roboticise words such as eye which becomes something like optical device The illustrations have also been changed I have no problem with this, but I do have two major issues with this edition.The first problem is with the librarians who think think this is close enough to the original that it should be combined and therefore share the ratings of Mark Twain s original book There was a long discussion in the librarian thread where some librarians thought it was essentially the same book, perhaps most So it was combined and the edition of the book I read was changed to that one I DID NOT read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Robotic Edition This robot edition was a Kindle book Think about it and the danger of these authors If this is acceptable and it is to a lot of the librarians, why not politically correct Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie oh she s been done already It was 10 Little N words, then 10 Little Indians, now it s Then there were 10, lol Sooner or later print books will be in used bookshops, research libraries and old people s houses They will become not books to be read but collector s items For reading it will be the ebook where changes can be easily and instantaneously made.And if politically correcting everything becomes policy then the whole publishing world will follow and your children will never know the original story that Mark Twain wrote They will never understand how N word people were treated and that is my second issue with this pc book.They will never know that Jim, a grown man would not normally be expected to hang out with 13 year old boys, kowtowed to Tom and Huckleberry not just because they all liked each other, but because he was not free, he was a slave, property, and was subject to the usual treatment of property He could be ordered to do anything no matter how stupid or harmful, he could be sold or mistreated not even for punishment but just because he had no human rights whatsoever Changing N people to robots negates all this Yes it is politically acceptable to Whites but how would a Black person feel having their history taken away from them This is not pc as much as sanitising history and is wrong on every level And it was done by the authors to make it easier for White teachers to teach this important book is it important if it is about robots though without engendering awkward discussions about race, slavery, why some people have rights and others are property which has also meant the book is on many banned school lists Do you find this acceptable A lot of GR librarians don t see a damn thing wrong with it But I do See Fahrenheit 451 edited 27 Jan 2018 Hemingway said American fiction begins and ends with Huck Finn, and he s right Twain s most famous novel is a tour de force He delves into issues such as racism, friendship, war, religion, and freedom with an uncanny combination of lightheartedness and gravitas There are several moments in the book that are hilarious, but when I finished the book, I knew I had read something profound This is a book that everyone should read.
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