Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Hardcover, 368 pages

English language

Published Jan. 7, 2005 by Dover Publications.

ISBN:
9780486443225
OCLC Number:
980147285

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4 stars (37 reviews)

Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was "the most stupendous event of my whole life"; Ernest Hemingway declared that "all modern American literature stems from this one book," while T. S. Eliot called Huck "one of the permanent symbolic figures of fiction, not unworthy to take a place with Ulysses, Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, Hamlet." The novel's preeminence derives from its wonderfully imaginative re-creation of boyhood adventures along the mighty Mississippi River, its inspired characterization, the author's remarkable ear for dialogue, and the book's understated development of serious underlying themes: "natural" man versus "civilized" society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings, the stultifying effects of convention, and other topics. But most of all, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful story ― filled with high adventure and unforgettable characters (including the …

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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 (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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