The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

English language

Published July 10, 2002 by Penguin Classics.

ISBN:
9780142437179

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4 stars (51 reviews)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) by Mark Twain is one of the truly great American novels, beloved by children, adults, and literary critics alike. The book tells the story of “Huck” Finn (first introduced as Tom Sawyer’s sidekick in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), his friend Jim, and their journey down the Mississippi River on a raft. Both are on the run, Huck from his drunk and abusive father, and Jim as a runaway slave. ate a ton of nothing and almost died a couple hundred times. As Huck and Jim drift down the river, they meet many colorful characters and have many great adventures. The true heart of the story, however, is the friendship between Huck and Jim. A constant theme throughout the book is Huck’s internal struggle between what he has been taught, that helping a runaway slave is a sin, and what he truly believes, that Jim …

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5 stars

A really good read, much better than Tom Sawyer. It was funnier and more heartfelt than Tom, with a character who thought he wasn't any good but really was a great kid, despite his challenges. Catching up late on these two classics, but this one had way more memorable characters and told a more interesting story.

It's biggest drawback was that it was a "quest" story. I am not a big fan of quest stories. These are usually the domain of fantasy or science fiction, so the author can throw all kinds of disconnected but "interesting" vignettes at you. They never seem to hang together all that well for me, and don't tell a cohesive story. It is kind of like a dream sequence, where there are no repercussions or any need for connections as the story goes along.

So I often find it hard to pay attention. This …

Review of 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A bloody good adventure, Huck is the man, he hunts, can read the river well, when stuck in a dire situation he is calm as a cucumber and will swim down to the river bed to avoid a steam boat wheel and his final gift is the ability to weave a story at a moments notice.

Then you got Jim, a runaway slave, made out to be a bit slow like all slaves were considered turns out to be a bright spark with as much wit about him as Huck has.

The third character appears in the last third of the book, the mighty Tom Sawyer himself. The guy is a genius of madness. You gotta feel sorry for Jim for having to put up with Tom's schemes, but at least he is game to go along with them.

There seems to be a lot of complaint about the racism …

Review of 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Penguin Classics)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," Mark Twain's most famous novel, is an absolute masterpiece. First published 1884, the story details the exciting adventures of Huck Finn, a boy who refuses to succumb to apathy. Along the way, he encounters Jim, a runaway slave, and their explorations shake the very foundation of their shared existence. Twain explores a multitude of pivotal matters, such as bigotry, racism, brotherhood, war, religion, and freedom. While Twain's mantra has the ability to inspire lighthearted hilarity, it is the commentary on this central issues that drives the narrative forward. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is a heavy-hearted work of staggering genius that absolutely everyone ought to read.

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