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Tom Sawyer, a shrewd and adventurous boy, is as much at home in the respectable world of his Aunt Polly as in the self-reliant and parentless world of his friend Huck Finn. The two enjoy a series of adventures, accidentally witnessing a murder, establishing the innocence of the man wrongly accused, as well as being hunted by Injun Joe, the true murderer, eventually escapinTom Sawyer, a shrewd and adventurous boy, is as much at home in the respectable world of his Aunt Polly as in the self-reliant and parentless world of his friend Huck Finn. The two enjoy a series of adventures, accidentally witnessing a murder, establishing the innocence of the man wrongly accused, as well as being hunted by Injun Joe, the true murderer, eventually escaping and finding the treasure that Joe had buried.Huckleberry Finn recounts the further adventures of Huck, who runs away from a drunken and brutal father, and meets up with the escaped slave Jim. They float down the Mississippi on a raft, participating in the lives of the characters they meet, witnessing corruption, moral decay and intellectual impoverishment....

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Reviews

  • Jason Pettus
    2018-09-09 09:43

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reposted here illegally.)The CCLaP 100: In which over a two-year period I read a hundred so-called "classics," then write essays about whether I think they deserve the labelThis week: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain (1876)Book #6 of this essay seriesThe story in a nutshell:Designed specifically to be a popular example of the then-new American Pastoral novel, Tom Sawyer is Twain's look at an impossibly idyllic small-town childhood that never was, that never could be, in fact, based very loosely on a handful of real events that happened in his own childhood in Hannibal, Missouri (on the banks of the Mississippi River, about a four-hour drive north of St. Louis), but with each story sharpened and honed until they become too impossibly magical to be anything but fictional. As such, then, the book mostly concerns those subjects regarding childhood that adults most fondly look back on with nostalgia -- the sense of societal freedom, the sense of playful rebellion, the simplicity and elegance of pre-pubescent romance -- couched in an insanely whimsically perfect rural environment, one designed specifically to recall a kind of idealized frontier existence that most people even in 1876 had never actually experienced, much less all of us 132 years later.In fact, our titular hero Tom pretty much stands for each and every element of a "noble childhood" that we all secretly wish we could've had -- a constant irritant to his legal guardian who is nonetheless clearly loved and constantly forgiven by her, clever hero to the rest of the neighborhood boys while still being a simple-minded romantic to the girls he's got a shinin' for. Throughout the first half of the novel, then, we follow Tom and his cohorts as they get in and out of a series of short-story-worthy jams; there's the Story of How Tom Convinced The Other Boys to Whitewash His Fence For Him, the Story of the Dog That Got Bit During Church And Made a Huge Racket, the Story of the Boys Who Ran Away and Played Pirates for a Week on a Mid-River Island But Then Found Out That Everyone In Town Thought They Were Dead So Decided To Attend Their Own Funeral. Yeah, impossibly romantic little stories about impossibly idyllic small-town life, pretty much the definition of a Pastoral novel. Add a more serious story to propel the second half, then, in which a couple of local drunks actually do commit a murder one night, with Tom and his badboy friend Huck Finn being the only secret witnesses, and you've got yourself a nice little morality tale as well, not to mention a great way to end the story (buried treasure!) and a fantastic way to set yourself up for further sequels.The argument for it being a classic:As mentioned, one of the strongest arguments for Tom Sawyer being a classic is because it's one of the first and still best examples of the "American Pastoral" novel, an extremely important development in the cultural history of the Victorian Age that has unfortunately become a bit obscure in our times; for those who don't know, it was basically an artistic rebellion against the Industrial Age of the early 1800s, a group of writers and painters and thinkers who came together to decry the dehumanization of mechanized urban centers. Ironically, it was these same people who established what are now many of the best things about our modern cities, things like parks and libraries and zoning laws and all the other "radical" ideas that many people first laughed at when first proposed; as a complement to these forward-thinking theories, though, such artists also put together projects about rural small-town life that were designed deliberately as political statements, as little manifestos about how much better it is when you live in the countryside and breathe fresh air and grow your own food and make your own clothes.The Pastoral movement first really caught on over in England*, where urban industrial growth proceeded a lot more quickly than in America, and where the detrimental effects of the age could be more rapidly seen; nonetheless, by the mid-1800s (and especially after the horrific Civil War of 1860-65), more and more Americans had started pining for this unique brand of entertainment as well, and pining for a "good ol' days" that had never really existed. This is what Twain built the entire first half of his career on, fans say, and it really doesn't get much better than Tom Sawyer for pure delightful small-town escapist entertainment; his later books might be better known, they say, more respected within the academic world, but it is these earlier Pastoral tales that first really caught on with the public at large, and made him the huge success he was.The argument against:Of course, you can turn this argument straight around on its head; there's a very good reason, after all, that this book's sequel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (written ten years later) is the much more studied and analyzed of the two. And that's because Twain only grew into his role as "America's Greatest Political Satirist" over time, critics of this book argue; if you take a close look at his career, they say, you'll see that the majority of work he wrote in the first half of his career is either kitschy nostalgic housewife pabulum or smartass travelogues about how Americans pretty much hate everything and think they're better than everyone else. We've lost sight of this over the last century, the argument goes, but Twain wasn't really considered a "serious" writer until late in life and already a big success; I suppose you can think of it in terms of Steven Spielberg pre- and post-Schindler's List, with Tom Sawyer being the 1800s version of the popular but ultimately intellectually empty E.T..My verdict:So let me first admit that I am probably too close to this book to be able to be completely objective about it; after all, I grew up just three hours away from the town of Hannibal where these events took place, have visited the town many times over the years, connected deeply with the book when a child precisely because of it taking place so close to where I lived, and in fact have probably now seen and read a dozen movie, television, comic-book and stage-play adaptations of the novel by now as well. (Why yes, even as late as the 1970s, in rural Missouri you could still find plenty of stage-play versions of Tom Sawyer each year, mostly Summerstock and other community productions.) I will always love this story because it will always remind me of my childhood, just as is the case I imagine with a whole lot of people out there; of nighttime barefoot runs through woods, of bizarre superstitious rituals held in the bottoms of muddy creek beds.That said, it was certainly interesting to read it again as an adult for the first time, I think maybe the first time I've ever actually read the original novel from the first page to the last without stopping, because what its critics say really is true -- there really is just not much of substance at all to Tom Sawyer, other than a collection of amusing little stories about small-town life, held together with just the flimsiest of overall plots. In fact, the more I learn about Twain, the more I realize that his career really can be seen as two strikingly different halves; there is the first half, where Twain was not much more than a failed journalist but great storyteller, who started writing down these stories just because he didn't have much else better to do; and then there's the second half, when he's already famous and finally gets bitter and smart and political, as we now erroneously think of his entire career in our hazy collective memories. This doesn't prevent me from still loving Tom Sawyer, and still confidently labeling it a "classic" for its American Pastoral elements; it does give me a better understanding of it, though, in terms of Twain's overall career, and how we should see it as merely one step along a highly complex line the man walked when he was alive.Is it a classic? Yes*And in fact, the term "Pastoral" has actually been around since the 1500s (or the beginning of the Renaissance) and originally referred to stories specifically about shepherds; these anti-city writers of the Victorian Age sorta co-opted the term from the original, with the American wing then co-opting it from the Brits.

  • Barb Middleton
    2018-09-03 15:58

    As a kid, I loved Tom Sawyer's imaginative adventures and bucking of authority. He had the nerve to run away and didn't care if he got in trouble. I envied his manipulation of adults and kids. When Tom talks the neighborhood boys into painting the fence for him because it was fun, I remembered wishing I had his smooth talking ways so I could convince my neighbors to help me rake what amounted to 100 bags of leaves - an endless fall chore of mine and my siblings. Not only does Tom psychologically motivate the neighborhood boys into begging him to paint the fence, but he convinces them to barter their most treasured possessions to participate in doing his chore. I lived vicariously through the mischievous Tom who pulled pranks and snuck out his bedroom window at night. He gave me ideas too. I had adventures based on favorite books, made blood oaths, and giggled my way out the bedroom window with my best friend on sleepovers. Like Tom, we purposefully made our adventures harder to represent the literature. We'd forsake a flashlight for candles, make a raft out of cattails (that sunk), eat clam chowder and Velveeta cheese (think plastic cheese) because that was what we thought pirates ate, chiseled a port hole in a wood door that was our ship, built a tree house out of shingles (what a spectacular fall when that broke), used a Swiss knife to chisel holes out of ice on a hill pretending we were mountain climbers, and more. Reading Mark Twain's books as an adult, I see his serious themes, satire, and how he is capturing a nostalgia for imaginative childhood play.The Romantic pastoral emerged in Europe as a reaction to the burgeoning industrial revolution and Twain represents an American counterpart movement. The pastoral genre is a look back on simpler times in an idealized way. Heroes are oftentimes alone, powerless, and alienated from society. Whereas Tom Sawyer is satirical and entertaining and creates an idealized childhood, Huck Finn shows an outcast boy that wants to live within social conventions but can't because he morally struggles with them. Nothing is cut and dry with Twain. His messages are ambiguous and what I like so well about Huck is his internal struggles with his friend, Jim, a black slave and how Huck can't treat him in the way society deems correct. Huck thinks he's sinful and doesn't question societies' ethics or morals, he just recognizes he can't follow them with a clear conscience. He's a fascinating character because he flips back and forth from racist thoughts and prejudices to ones that see Jim as a human being that deserves better. One minute Huck is concerned about Jim, his friend, and later he is telling a white woman that a steamer cylinder blew and no one was hurt. As an afterthought he tells her a black man was killed, assigning slaves to a subhuman status once again. Twain's creation of the character of Jim, the slave, is also ambiguous. On the one hand, Jim gives deep and rich answers to some of Huck's actions or questions, and on the other he is a complete buffoon. This makes me wonder is Jim relegated to a stereotype because he is just protecting himself from whites or is the author reflecting the attitudes of his time? Nothing is clear-cut which makes this such a fascinating read. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's back up and look at Tom's story first.Tom is depicted in a series of events in the American West during the 1840s that romanticize small town life on the frontier. Tom gets together with his buddies and plays pranks on them, the school teacher, and acts out books. His guardian is exasperated by his rebellious behavior but loves him all the same. When the school master "whups" him, Tom doesn't feel bad about it nor does he think of the injustice of it. In the face of tyranny, Tom represents freedom and he seems to have this idyllic (pastoral) life and attitude. He bucks social conventions but always goes back to Aunt Polly; thus, never coming across as a complete rebel or delinquent. When Tom acts out his imaginative adventures many come true. When he dreams of being a pirate and finding treasure, it happens in real life. When he fantasizes about his own funeral, it happens. When he has mock-battles and wars, he witnesses a murder. Tom's belief in his swashbuckling tales shape his world and the adults in it are as childish as him often mirroring his actions. When he's in church teasing a pinch-bug that torments a stray dog, his amusement is mimicked by the congregation. The adults are hiding their boredom and going to church as a social convention following peers rather than out of pleasure. While children have to go, the adult church-goers intentions appear hypocritical. When Tom has to recite scriptures for Sabbath School, there is a guest of honor that the adults and children respond by "showing off." This satirical look at adult hypocrisy shows a deeper level than just a child's story about imagination and friendship."The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" take a darker turn where Tom Sawyer's imaginative play-acting takes on a cruel aspect and Huck is confronted with the morally corrupt institution of slavery. At the end of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," Huck is living with the Widow Douglas who is good to him and he is rich from the treasure he and Tom discovered in the caves by their town. When Huck's drunken pap gets wind of the wealth he comes after Huck, kidnapping him and locking him in a cabin. Huck doesn't mind at first but as his father gets more violent he flees the cabin on a raft where he meets up with Jim, a runaway slave that doesn't want to be sold to another family. Jim dreams of being free and reunited with his wife and kids. Huck does not want to be civilized and is running away from the controls of society.Huck and Jim have adventures on the raft that has become their refuge from society. They meet a wealthy family, the Grangerfords, that is having a feud with another family, the Shepherdsons. When the daughter of one family runs off with the boy from the other family, a brutal shoot-out occurs that shows the senselessness of the family's code of honor that makes Huck sick at heart. Next Huck and Jim get wrapped up with a couple of con men who claim to be a Duke and King. Huck tries to fix the immoral actions of the two in some humorous scenes as they try to swindle others out of money. Twain seems to be ridiculing aristocratic pretensions reflected in certain Americans, as well as, reflecting the carpetbaggers that came from the North to the South during the reconstruction trying to seek monetary gains at the expense of others.Huck's journey with Jim is a moral quest or crisis of conscience resulting from interactions with others and Jim himself. He starts to see Jim as a human being and not how society views slaves, but interestingly enough, Huck never questions the institution of slavery; instead he always blames his decision to help Jim and not sell him as being a product of him not being civilized and sinful. The last third has Huck abandoning his quest and enlisting Tom Sawyer's help to free Jim. Jim becomes a caricature of a docile and ignorant slave while Huck and Jim let Tom act out his fantasies that are more harmful and less innocent as in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." Huck cared about Jim's feelings and vowed to never play tricks on him again while they were on the river, but with Tom he doesn't seem to care anymore letting Tom turn Jim's escape into a game. His development seems to have come full circle with Huck acting childish again. The ending makes it impossible to determine if the novel speaks against racism or merely reflects racist attitudes in society. It is understandable that some view the novel as a satire on racism and others can't reconcile the stereotypical depictions of slaves.Twain wrote burlesques a popular form of parody that were favorites of working-class theatergoers in the 1840s and it is evident he uses the same technique in the subplot involving the Duke and King and Tom's escape game. Burlesques were a form of satire and Twain pokes fun at a host of people and subjects: religion, African Americans, upper classes, Britain, Native Americans, education, to name a few. While some might find his stereotypes disturbing, others might find them funny and enlightening. There's a good reason his book consistently shows up on banned book lists. It's controversial and it makes for good discussions. If we want to recognize racism, then we have to discuss it.

  • Nancy Oakes
    2018-09-03 14:43

    I had to decided to read Huckleberry Finn as a sort of preparation for Coover's new novel Huck Out West, but I bought the wrong book combining the two by accident so I decided to read Tom Sawyer anyway. I'm so happy I did. And while that one was very good, I was much more drawn to Huckleberry Finn.Anyway, more on the subject soon. For now I'll just say that there's a world of difference reading these novels as an adult after reading them as a child, and it's been eye opening.later.

  • John Wiswell
    2018-08-30 09:43

    This the best volume without annotations, as it compactly contains both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, with the split in the middle that explains the former is the story of a boy, and the latter is the story of a man.The former captures the spirit of boyhood extremely well, with an unrivaled sense of humor and ignorance. It's just anecdotal enough to be read in tiny doses or in a steady stream, and builds to a satisfying climax - though plot is always in third place, between these characters and Twain's poignant observations about life. Considering it was a boy's book, it does an amazing job at painting reality.The latter is one of the best novels in American history. Racism, sexism, segregation, violence, romanticism and family strife all get put in their places in the great American picaresque. It's a much more dangerous book, and its consequences are often more severe - but it's ending reminds us of its beginning, all the way back in the first book, which this volume conveniently contains. Just as adulthood is built on and reflects life, so Huckleberry Finn's adventures grow out of and reflect Tom Sawyer's. It's greatest achievement is that despite all the heavy subject matter, Twain writes in a simple style that allows readers of any age to enter it - and because of its simple and complex wonders, a child can enjoy it just as much as an adult. I know, as I've enjoyed it as both.

  • Lmcwil
    2018-09-04 14:00

    I don't understand why these are only listed as one book- I distinctly remember reading Tom Sawyer, and then some years later, reading Huck Finn. Anyways, I liked them both although I recall particularly appreciating the latter. As far as I recall, Tom Sawyer was basically just a fun read, whereas Huck Finn seemed more of a social commentary, with a certain dark brooding about it. I read these both ages ago, prolly when i was about 13 or 14; I would definitely recommend.

  • Nathan
    2018-09-06 16:44

    Correct start date for my reading Huck Finn is some time in the Fall of 19** about when Mr G was reading aloud to the class of us sixth-graders but being as how I suppose we all preferred the Ray Bradbury and Stephen King short stories we didn't get so very far in ole Huck's autobiography. Forward a few states and years and Mrs Rule tried to teach us Huck Finn in eighth grade. (Bless her soul, the only competent teacher in a school staffed by monkeys.) I did my damnedest to avoid reading much of Huck's shenanigans. Two more years and yet a different school and somehow in 10th grade I recall being asked to read Huck's story yet again and somehows fully succeeded in skipping it altogether. (I successfully didn't read Pride and Prejudice in undergrad philosophy as well.) So's what we have here is a case of severe literary avoidance of an American classic. And I recommend to you as well that if you know six significant chunks of information regarding ole Huck and Tom and Jim that you can right move onto some piece of fiction you find a bit more entertainin'.I did feel rather short changed having never stuck through with Huck to the happy ending and had never properly paid Tom Sawyer's story any kind of a proper due. On top of which this volume from Everyman's Library is so beautifully bound in red cloth. Time to read the sucker.Tom's story is just dull. It's kid's literature, or so one takes it. Is it better if one has a childish imagination? But of some value, Tom Sawyer gives us a rather bloated prelude and lead up and into Huck's much more interesting book.So on to Those Adventures of the Most Admirable Huckleberry Finn and his Nigger Jim. Here's a stooped thing to say: I give it two stars; it wasn't all that great; got kind of boring. -- Thank you, Internet, for allowing me to make judgements of the kind that don't belong in the place I stick 'em. Somethings is classics. Read them -- and the rest of us don't really care if you 'like' them or 'really' like them or what you thought. Unless you think, of course. No, I didn't get off so much on ole Huck's story, but it was a literary duty I felt quite fulfilled in having carried out and fulfilled. Much more satisfied am I than that time I obligingly read Stephen King's book.Mr Clemens did make me smile with his tip of the hat to the ole Don (Quixotes, should it be needin' spellin' out): "...and he said there was A-rabs there, too, and elephants and things. I said, why couldn't we see them, then? He said if I warn't so ignorant, but had read a book called Don Quixote, I would know without asking. He said it was all done by enchantment." Suchly, as chastisement in regard to poor Huck's considerable illiteracy, especially in regard to the proper manner of piratin' and such not. Well, yes, fine, but Tom's book sickness -- book sickness which, you'll notice is itself grounded on a book about booksickness (third generation sickness? I caen't count) [we meta-fictionists can find this shit any-where] -- is on much grander display later in Huck's story in that little matter at the Phelp's farm in the matter concerning poor Jim (which I feel absolutely stupid circumlocuting as if I were concerned about wrecking someone's reading of the book by something which illiterate people call 'spoilers.' But let it rest, I'm respecting your sensitivity so don't complain if I just called you 'illiterate.' See?) So I would be innerested should you have a copy of Tom's considerable reading list. Any Clemens scholars out there?So, no, it was gratifying to get old schooldays' memories of the book quite straightened out and see how it all comes together. Thankfully, it's really not so much about floatin' down the River but spends most of it's time among some desperately despairing americans along its shores. And, but, the Duke and King I just got tired of waiting for them to get (view spoiler)[ tarred and feathered and out of the way of the story.(hide spoiler)]. But You clicked on that, didn't you? despite lecturing me about spoilers. But until they did get (view spoiler)[ tarred and feathered and out of the way of the story (hide spoiler)] we had been provided with the Duke's wonderful travesty of Hamlet's famous soliloquy, (chapter the XXI) to wit: To be, or not be; that is the bare bodkin That makes calamity of so long life; For who would fardels bear, till Birnam Wood do come to Dunsinane. . .To continue the plagiarizing: and so there ain't much more nothing to write about, and ain't I so rotten bloody glad about that cuz were I to have know'd what a pain in the butt reviewing this book woulda been I wouldn'ta tackled it and I ain't gunna no mores.

  • Ani
    2018-09-09 12:43

    The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBy Mark TwainReview by Anneliese Edge I can honestly say I have never been to the Mississippi River, but the author of the this great American novel made me feel as if I were actually with Huck and Jim on their many adventures down this historical river. The novel is about a young boy named Huckleberry Finn who is searching for adventure and is longing for freedom. This young boy was taken away by his drunk of a father because he wanted to possess the money Huck had earned with his “partner in crime”, Tom Sawyer. Huck tells us of how he has lived with The Widow Douglass who controls him with rules and order, but he wants to be free of it all. He gets away from them both which lead him to his journey throughout the book on the Mississippi River. He is joined by another runaway who is searching for the same things, freedom and adventure. He happens to have been a slave of the Widow Douglass’ sister, Miss Watson. The slave, Jim decides to join Huck on this treacherous adventure to seek what they both have wanted their whole lives. I loved this book because of the deep and compassionate relationship between Jim and Huck. Huck has been brought up with slaves all his life and he has to get accustomed to the fact that Jim is running away. He knows he could face severe consequences if they were caught together, but he pushes the doubtful feelings aside because he knows the feeling Jim gets when he thinks about freedom. I love how they can both connect through that even if they wanted freedom for different reasons and in different ways. They journey together and become such close friends that they would risk their own lives for the other. As I traveled farther into the novel with them I saw that the racial issues began to fade away with each dangerous obstacle in their paths. They learned to care for one another based on what they knew and not on what they saw from appearance. As Jim and Huck go further down the Mississippi they come across many dangers and also many new characters. We meet a so-called “Duke and King” who are greedy liars, The Grangerfords and Sheperdsons who are two rivaling families, and Aunt Sally who is Tom Sawyer’s aunt. These characters provide Huck and Jim with items for survival even if they were unaware. They had to do some stealing, especially with such greedy people like the Duke and King. Some of the characters provided Huck with comfort and support he has needed all his life from a family. He was seen as apart of them and not as someone who just needed to be taught something because he was so uneducated. He was taught some life lessons that he felt would be a lot more beneficial than any school lesson he could be taught by the Widow. I saw this as another similarity Jim and Huck shared because they both lacked many things that were seen as beneficial in their society. They could relate even better to the other because they had an understanding for each other. The major theme of this book is racial integration which revolves around the time period of the novel when this was a very intense issue. Huck and Jim see passed this and that is what makes it such a truly great American novel. They do mix and connect with each other well; they had so much to relate to despite the color of their skin. They both came from similar backgrounds of not having much time to do anything worth while or having choices to make on their own. Even though they felt this in two completely different ways it’s what they lived for. They wanted it enough to escape everything they had ever known because they knew it was a risk worth taking if they could every reach their desire, freedom. So much of what went on in this book including racism and poverty still exists in our world today making it the best great American novel that anyone from any generation can relate to and understand. As I read I became connected to the two men because I wanted them to reach their goal of freedom so it could prove to everyone that people are people no matter what they look like, we all want the same things. Everyone wants acceptance and rights to live their lives the way they want. This story tells of how no one should be denied the opportunity to adventure and explore any way one pleases. Jim and Huck proved this to us through their adventures even if they were separated at times, but to find out if they make it together as one again than read this novel.

  • Jeremy
    2018-09-20 15:48

    Eli loved it! I think he is a little bit jealous of Tom though.

  • Sandy
    2018-09-11 12:00

    Finished Tom Sawyer but not Huckleberry Finn.Liked the shewd naughty Tom, how he pursuaded the boys to paint the fence for him with fun, how he was absorbed by a fly or a green worm, how he comforted and protected Becky like a man.As to Huckleberry Finn, stopped reading at the adventure with the "king" and the "duke", what nonsense were they talking about... I think you will like these paragraphs: <3=====In the midst of the prayer a fly had lit on the back of the pew in front of him and tortured his spirit by calmly rubbing its hands together, embracing its head with its arms, and polishing it so vigorously that it seemed to almost part company with the body, and the slender thread of a neck was exposed to view; scraping its wings with its hind legs and smoothing them to its body as if they had been coat-tails; going through its whole toilet as tranquilly as if it knew it was perfectly safe. One day Tom was in the act of dosing the crack when his aunt's yellow cat came along, purring, eying the teaspoon avariciously, and begging for a taste. Tom said: "Don't ask for it unless you want it, Peter." But Peter siginified that he did want it. “You better make sure."Peter was sure.A little green worm came crawling over a dewy leaf, lifting two-thirds of his body into the air from time to time and "sniffing around", then proceeding again.

  • Ebster Davis
    2018-09-10 11:59

    First off, this is the first time I've listened to the unabridged version. For those of us naive enough to believe that the two American Folk heroes in this book are merely rambunctious teenagers looking for adventure, the real story will come as a complete shock. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are budding psychopaths. It's not like its completely their faults either. They both have a skewed sense of morality that was influenced by their upbringing and culture. Huck was abused badly and then abandoned by his father. His dad only comes back when he finds out Huck is now wealthy. Huck also believes he is destined for to go to hell because he wants to do the right thing, but his culture believes its wrong (freeing a slave). Tom and his brother Sid are orphans. (Although, judging by Tom's behavior I think he would probably be the evil mastermind even if this were not the case.) Poor kids and their totaly messed up lives!The boys are clever, but not very logical. And they are poorly educated. And they lie for no particular reason at all. Crazy.On a side note: Huck should have died, like, ten times during his trip down the Mississippi River. And, eating snakes is gross!

  • Dave
    2018-09-21 11:03

    I reread this and liked it a lot more. My first review is below this one. I got to thinking about narrators who reveal things about themselves unintentionally. Plus I liked Jim a lot more. Definately a sloppy book, but Huck is great. Kinda sad how he is great and doesn't realize it. The language in this book and the style of narration are what make Huck Finn. I am not interested in the movement of the plot which tires me in keeping track of where the hell they are going. But that is lazy attention on my part. I do not see anything to write home about in the Huck/Jim relationship. Try imagining that Jim instead of a person is Huck's trusty hound and there does not appear to be much difference. There is a real racial controversy surrounding this book that will never go away. Europeans are lucky in that they can read this more comfortably, but Americans are looking too hard in the mirror with this book that it will never rest comfortably in a school's curriculum. Which is sad because about 40% of young adult literature rips off Huck.

  • Cathy
    2018-09-13 14:39

    I read Tom and Huck, and skipped the third book (at least for the time being). I read Tom Sawyer as a kid, and managed to make it this far in life without ever having read Huck Finn before! Tom is just good entertainment and nothing more, loaded with nostalgia for the childhood everyone wishes he had had -- running loose on summer nights, exploring islands and haunted houses, adventure and peril and hidden treasure to be won.Huckleberry Finn is pretty amazing, for its loving description of the river scenery as much as for Huck's determination to follow his own conscience and go to hell, rather than do something "good" that seems like a moral wrong. I could have lived without the slapstick ending, and without the deus ex machina of Jim being free all along ... it's like Twain got afraid of the book he was writing at the last minute, and Tom Sawyered it up before sending it to his publisher. If it had concluded with Huck's decision not to turn Jim in, it just might have been the Great American Novel.

  • Vishnu
    2018-08-27 15:44

    Although I'd read both of these a decade ago, when I was about the same age as Tom and Huck, reading them again has been such a differently enriching experience. While the first is, ostensibly, a book for children by adults, the second is a book for adults by children. Even as both works can exist in their own, a dual edition like this brings out some of the inherent interdependencies as well those feature which contrast one another sharply. I agree with those who say that Twain is perhaps America's finest and most important author in that his fiction is so very rooted in a geographical and cultural space that it is unimaginable to see these stories written from/set elsewhere. For an adventure tale, a story of young friendships, a semi-psychological-horror thriller and a narrative of nature vs human civilisation all rolled into two, Twain's most iconic works are essential reads for every generation across the globe.

  • Silvana
    2018-09-23 12:34

    I like Huck's story better than Tom's. Probably because it is darker. Tom's story is alright, he's a very smart and creative kid and he sometimes made me laugh, especially the part when he was asked about the first two disciples during Sunday School and he answered David and Goliath, haha...Anyway, Huck's story is better because it gives more insight on the real life and people along the Mississippi river when there's still slavery. Huck surely met with various, interesting characters during his runaway. He might not be as resourceful as Tom, but I love him because his character is more complex. He questioned himself many times on the values of society and his pondering whether he should 'break' the rules or not are quite intriguing. Apparently Huck Finn is one of the most challenged books in the US. Not surprising, especially with so much N word in it. Is it racist? My gut feeling says no. But anyway, I still think the book deserves its place among the great American novels.

  • Sonja
    2018-09-01 09:51

    I simply hate the way it is written. Yes, I know the southern American language shapes the characters and makes them unique, but damn it, it takes forever to read. Old medieval English is more understandable than this crap. I'll take Shakespeare any day.The story is lazing along and, to be honest, quite boring most of the time. There are so many detours and unnecessary details that even though the book is not that long, it feels like the length of a heavy Russian drama. I can honestly say that I am not a fan of Mark Twain, and I probably won't ever open another book that he has written - definitely not voluntarily. This book gave me headaches, and I had to force myself to keep reading. Books are supposed to be enjoyable, and this was just a waste of time.

  • Brian Ridge
    2018-09-05 14:40

    Not sure what else I can add to the mountains of praise these two books have received over the years. Clearly, they are are classics of American literature that deserve to be read in their original form by all American high school students. I think that what I liked best about these two books is the innocence and simplicity of the era. While kids today are busy with TV, movies, computer games, social media, and cell phones, Tom, Huck and their friends could entertain themselves for hours on end playing pirates, trading knick-knacks, pulling innocent pranks, and searching haunted houses. These books offer a real slivce-of-life of the times.

  • Tyler
    2018-09-24 13:33

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is about the life and times of a boy named Huckleberry Finn. After running away from home, Huck hides off in a near by island, and while at the island he gets to know and continues his adventures with Jim, a runaway slave. I really enjoyed the book because it was fun to read, unpredictable, and I liked how Mark Twain made the book feel like it was written by Huck himself. It's a good book, and I would recommend it.

  • June Ahern
    2018-09-05 15:46

    Mark Twain was a writing genius as he captured a time in American history and the lives of people living in the South. I'm chucking my way through Huck's adventures with Tom showing up recently. Read this as a teen and rereading as a senior with much change of my outlook on the story. Completed - again - since I've read this read this story way back in the olden days. A good read for sure!

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-24 10:51

    I LOVED this novel as a child. Reading as an adult, I found that I wasn't quite so engrossed but I did enjoy it and appreciated the author's style of writing. I found myself paying less attention to the story which I knew and more to the writing and language. A great period tale.

  • Denis
    2018-09-18 10:59

    Kennt wohl jeder aus seinen kindheitstagen

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  • Matthew
    2018-09-04 10:41

    What the fuck is wrong with people who want to change the vocabulary of this book? There is a point to using the word "nigger" in it. If you can't understand why, then you're a moron.

  • Megan Hoag
    2018-09-18 10:53

    You cannot call yourself an American if you have not read this book. Thus, if you are not American, it may be quite irrelevant to your literary canon.

  • A.K. Smith
    2018-09-13 12:46

    Mark Twain. Classic. Timeless. Authentic. wonderful

  • Michelle
    2018-09-13 12:53

    Not as much fun as Huckleberry Finn, but then when I re-read Huck, Tom was the most annoying part. He's such a bone-head.

  • Monthly Book Group
    2018-08-27 11:02

    The proposer began with a brief introduction to the life of Samuel Clemens, whose pen name was Mark Twain. ("Mark Twain" was a Mississippi River term: the second mark on the line used to measure safe depth for a steamboat.)He was born in 1835, and grew up in Missouri beside the Mississippi River. The two books are set in the period of his own childhood, before the American Civil War. As a child, the proposer had received a copy of Tom Sawyer as a birthday present. The proposer wanted to see if the books conjured up the excitement he experienced reading them as a boy. The proposer also wanted to test our response to the view that ‘Tom Sawyer is great fun, Huckleberry Finn is great literature’. The first member of the group to offer an opinion after this introduction swooped like a vulture to a fresh kill. He had found Tom Sawyer delightful, but it had been a huge struggle to get through Huckleberry Finn and thought the storyline was ‘silly’. Having got this off his chest, he folded his wings and stuck out his beak defiantly.Another reader timorously proposed the opinion that the books were so different that they could have been written by different authors.There was a consensus that Huck’s characterization was convincing and sympathetic. Huck himself stood in the position of slave to his father. Like Jim, Huck is imprisoned in a cabin, but his escape is masterfully pragmatic, unlike the elaborate nonsense invented later by Tom Sawyer to free Jim. Tom is in fact a character who doesn’t live in the real world, whereas Huck is very down-to-earth and lives in the moment. Huck however doesn’t question the superiority assumed by Tom, or query the absurdity of his ideas.There was general agreement that the last part of Huckleberry Finn greatly overplayed the joke of the elaborate fantasy woven by Tom, and became merely tiresome. Like Hemingway, most thought that the novel should have ended earlier. It was noted that there was a three year hiatus in Mark Twains writing process before the ending was written, and we wondered about whether an effective editor would have let the latter part of the novel pass unchallenged.It was remarked that the authorial voice in the two books was different: in Tom Sawyer it is Mark Twain who addresses us, in Huckleberry Finn it is Huck.We didn’t spend as long on the character of Tom Sawyer. Essentially a fantasist, the main quality he shares with Huck is that they are both prodigiously accomplished liars.A member of the group interested in the visual arts proposed that Tom Sawyer was like representational art, and Huckleberry Finn was like abstract art– playing with ideas and language rather than too concerned with plot and structure. There was a general feeling that from a structural point of view, Tom Sawyer was the more satisfying achievement, yet Huckleberry Finn was the more ambitious and stimulating work.What then of the proposer's assertion that ‘Tom Sawyer is great fun, Huckleberry Finn is great literature’?Well, there was more or less unanimity of agreement on the first point.In support of the second assertion, the proposer drew attention to the various significant American writers, including Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, and Scott Fitzgerald, who have praised Huckleberry Finn very highly. Hemingway accorded it seminal influence: “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called 'Huckleberry Finn.' …All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." One reader felt the books were so different that they could have been written by different authors.Someone said how much they had enjoyed the descriptive writing about the river and natural events such as thunderstorms. He also opined that the river in this book had no real symbolic significance, and no-one challenged this. He commented further that It was a picaresque novel, but whereas most picaresque heroes end up by returning home – perhaps wiser than they set out – in the case of Huck he has no real home, and intends to set out into ‘Injun’ territory at the end of the story. To some degree, the arrival of Tom Sawyer in the latter part of the story represents ‘coming home’ for Huck.There was a consensus that Huck’s characterization was convincing and sympathetic. It was pointed out that although he reveals a good heart he does not have the independence of thought to challenge the moral foundation of slavery, or the concept that ‘niggers’ are subhuman. In this respect however Huck’s attitude is simply typical of the time, and in no way extreme. It was pointed out too that Huck himself stood in the position of slave to his father, and that a judge confirmed that he was the property of his father, irrespective of his welfare. Like Jim, Huck is imprisoned in a cabin, but his escape is masterfully pragmatic, unlike the elaborate nonsense invented later by Tom Sawyer to free Jim. Tom is in fact a character who doesn’t live in the real world, whereas Huck is very down-to-earth and lives in the moment. Huck however doesn’t question the superiority assumed by Tom, or query the absurdity of his ideas.There was general agreement that the last part of Huckleberry Finn greatly overplayed the joke of the elaborate fantasy woven by Tom, and became merely tiresome. Like Hemingway, most thought that the novel should have ended earlier. It was noted that there was a three year hiatus in Mark Twain’s writing process before the ending was written, and we wondered about whether an effective editor would have let the latter part of the novel pass unchallenged.The preponderance of dialogue in Huckleberry Finn was noted, and its apparent authenticity admired. It was remarked that the authorial voice in the two books was different: in Tom Sawyer it is Mark Twain who addresses us, in Huckleberry Finn it is Huck.We kept returning to the characterization of Huck. His story doesn’t come to a conclusion. He refers repeatedly to a wish to die, and to his lonesomeness. He has low self-esteem. He has no home, he is just running away, and at the end he is still running. The world outside him keeps encroaching (for example in the persons of the duke and the king, or the attempts of Widow Douglas and Miss Watson to ‘civilize’ him). And yet he embodies the qualities of boldness, adaptability and quick-wittedness that make up the archetypal ‘frontier spirit’.The violence of Huckleberry Finn was remarked upon, and it was suggested that it provided some historical context for the casual violence and addiction to guns that characterize some elements of society in the USA today.What then of the assertion that Huckleberry Finn is great literature’?Well, there was degree of dissension. It was felt that Huckleberry Finn had historical importance in its influence on American literature, and was in many respects a very fine piece of writing, but that it lacked the sophistication of the best European novels of the period…This is an extract from a review at Our reviews are also to be found at

  • The Humpo Show [ Richard ]
    2018-09-04 15:03

    [DNF] don’t DNF many books – in fact, this is the second DNF book review I have EVER reviewed (American Sniper, the other), and I even managed to finish The Catcher in the Rye! The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is a book that I took no pleasure in reading, and it was a big struggle. The writing style was heavy going and it prevented me from enjoying anything that many readers have liked for generations.Having become accustomed to taking the language of a particular era with a pinch of salt – Ian Fleming’s James Bond books contain many 1950s misogynistic and racist language that white men would espouse – and this book, published in 1876 has plenty use of casual racism, which I managed to read past, thus showing that this particular point was not the reason for my aversion to the story.Like Catcher in the Rye and A Rebel Without A Cause, I just couldn’t relate to the characters and their decision-making, which was topped off by the writing style causing me to be ambivalent to Tom and Huck’s story. Maybe I have found a genre which doesn’t appeal to me- American Children’s/YA Classics, with a particular focus on an unrelatable protagonist.I presume this book may be studied in the U.S. quite a bit, so my American followers may have a difference of opinion regarding this book, and I welcome your thoughts on it…

  • Jogle
    2018-09-25 09:43

    OVERALL 3 starsReading these two famous stories together in one volume immediately questions the idea that they are two episodes of the same continuing adventure. The picaresque novels about the boyhood friends may involve some of the same characters, and indeed one begets the other, but the tenor, complexity and theme of the Huck Finn novel is, for the most part, very different to the first.Samuel Clemens based the boyhood tales on his upbringing in Hannibal, Missouri, introducing the characters in ‘Tom Sawyer’ in1876, and elaborating on the theme in 1884 with the more in depth 'Huck Finn'. The first book has a more whimsical tone of nostalgia for the adventure of youth and despite the quite complex prose still seems a book for young adults. ‘Huck Finn’ tackles some weightier issues and whilst maintaining Twain’s clever irony and wit, allows it to explore the more controversial elements of conscience for an adolescent on the fringes of manhood at that time and in that place. In his own time Mark Twain was criticised mostly for the wayward elements of the boys’ behaviour; in modern times it is the frequent use of the word “nigger” and his dealing with race and slavery that questions the target motivation and audience. Under criticism of the “trashy” and corrupting nature of his book being read by young people, Twain himself commented, “I wrote 'Tom Sawyer' & 'Huck Finn' for adults exclusively, & it always distressed me when I find that boys and girls have been allowed access to them. The mind that becomes soiled in youth can never again be washed clean. I know this by my own experience, & to this day I cherish an unappeased bitterness against the unfaithful guardians of my young life, who not only permitted but compelled me to read an unexpurgated Bible through before I was 15 years old. None can do that and ever draw a clean sweet breath again on this side of the grave.” I suspect Twain very rarely removed his tongue from his cheek. TOM SAWYER - 3 starsTom Sawyer is the antebellum Bart Simpson, first person voice of this opening book. Mischievous in the extreme but charming and ultimately conflicted by his sense of conscience, even if that conscience is based on a fantasy honour in the worlds of pirates and robbers. He is Dennis the Menace (leaning more to the extra devilment of the English version) but he is a child. The escapades are local, always not far from the safety of home, so whilst the escapades are definitely thrilling, they are always close to the sanctuary of the fireside hearth.HUCK FINN – 4 starsThe word choice controversy follows this book around in the modern era, constantly harking to Twain’s own epigraph for the novel:“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.BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR” Since he wrote that, the motivations, morals and plot have been analysed endlessly without resolution and with lots of people shot. The vernacular language of Huck’s first person narration is obviously unacceptable within today’s society, but ironically the reading of the book in its original text allows the issues to be highlighted and considered in a modern context.('The Merchant of Venice' should not be cast aside because Shylock is abused - interpretation is everything.) Twain would be delighted. His adventure story is not only a wonderful geographical travel story but also an historical controversial discussion point.The book starts where Tom Sawyer left off although, as if to show a difference, it has Tom having forgot what a ransom is – at the end of Tom Sawyer he gives a detailed account! Twain seems to want to keep Tom in the childish world, where despite his orphan status he has the luxury of fantasy to escape from boredom. Huck is now bored with the childish world, and although he is the one with a parent, needs to escape from more than idle days. His adventure couples him to the escaping slave, Jim, with whom he assimilates (as much as his upbringing will allow), as both are escaping from unjust hardship. Together they travel down the Mississippi at the will of the river, leaving Tom behind, the escape being not ‘from’ but ‘to’. The adventures and characters are littered with almost unbelievable coincidence and what would now be considered extreme stereotyping. The wit and descriptive power of Twain, however, carry the story not least with the fantastic descriptions of river life based on his own personal experience of life as a riverboat captain.Hemingway thought this the novel from which all great American novels derive but famously was critical of the ending, stating that the later chapters should have been left off. It "devolves into little more than minstrel-show satire and broad comedy." I could not agree more. Without spoiling the plot, the final chapters seem to have no part in the flow of the novel that had previously developed. It is as if Twain lost his nerve and reverted to the Tom Sawyer book. Without those chapters the book is deserving of a much higher rating in its depiction of life around the 1840’s Mississippi. The racial slurring and the gradual respect that Huck develops for Jim ("white on the inside") that conflicts him in all the scrapes they endure is excellent. Mark Twain in his lecture notes proposed "a sound heart is a surer guide than an ill-trained conscience", and goes on to describe the novel as "...a book of mine where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision and conscience suffers defeat" Unfortunately the final stages are rather a ‘cop out’ from that statement.In his own time after criticism Twain remarked to his editor, "Apparently, the Concord library has condemned Huck as 'trash and only suitable for the slums.’ This will sell us another twenty-five thousand copies for sure.” Today, conflicting opinions of this book reflected through a different prism, mean it will continue to sell. Still a must read in any canon. You can see everything from Bellow to Steinbeck in its pages. But oh! The end!

  • Tatjana Markovic
    2018-08-27 13:33

    Kada bi postojala neka ocena izmedju 2 i 3 tu ocenu bih dala ovoj knjizi. Ovako sam se odlucila ipak za onu vecu zbog prve polovine koja je bila interesantna. Druga polovina postaje poprilicno dosadna, sa gomilom nebitnih delova koji su uzasno iscrpljujuci, a obzirom da ne volim da ista ostavljam nedovrseno, bila sam "primorana" i te delove da procitam. Generalno ne volim price sa milion likova jer je u velikom broju slucajeva vecina potpuno suvisna i svojim postojanjem ne doprinose samoj prici vec suprotno. Sve u svemu Haklberi i Dzim su simpaticni likovi zbog kojih i zelis da zavrsis knjigu i jedini su razlog zasto sam i izdrzala do samog kraja.

  • Piyush Sharma
    2018-08-28 16:40

    This novel is really just Classic. It takes you back in childhood, Tom Sawyer and Huck relate to each of us in all possible ways. It shows the innocent and pure nature of children far from unselfishness, how they find the happiness in small things, how they are not judgmental, how they don't understand the stupid social customs, how they get the sense of achievement/success from the things. It's a must read book and treat for the children.