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When we first met "the pariah of the village . . .the son of the drunkard" in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom was "under strict orders not to play with him", so he played with him every time he got the chance. Twain took his most outrageous and outcast character (and perhaps the one he loved the most), Huckleberry Finn, from the book and wrote his own Adventures.This giaWhen we first met "the pariah of the village . . .the son of the drunkard" in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom was "under strict orders not to play with him", so he played with him every time he got the chance. Twain took his most outrageous and outcast character (and perhaps the one he loved the most), Huckleberry Finn, from the book and wrote his own Adventures.This giant work, in addition to entertaining boys and girls for generations, has defined the first-person novel in America, and continues to demand study, inspire reverence and stir controversy in our time....

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  • David
    2018-11-19 05:51

    After reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I realized that I had absolutely nothing to say about it. And yet here, as you see, I have elected to say it anyway, and at great length. Reading this novel now, at the age of mumble-mumble, is a bit like arriving at the circus after the tents have been packed, the bearded lady has been depilated, and the funnel cake trailers have been hitched to pick-up trucks and captained, like a formidable vending armada, toward the auburn sunset. All the fun has already been used up, and I’m left behind circumnavigating the islands of elephant dung and getting drunk on Robitussin®. Same story, different day. How exactly did I make it through eight total years of high school and undergraduate studies in English without having read any Mark Twain but a brief (and forgotten) excerpt from Life on the Mississippi? Isn’t this illegal by now? I mean, isn’t there a clause in the Patriot Act... an eleventh commandment... a dictate from Xenu? Isn’t Huckleberry Finn, like Romeo and Juliet and To Kill a Mockingbird, now an unavoidable teenage road bump between rainbow parties and huffing spray paint? Isn’t it the role of tedious classic literature to add color and texture to the pettiness of an adolescence circumscribed by status updates, muff shaving, and shooting each other? Or am I old-fashioned? Let’s face it. In the greater social consciousness, there are two stars of this book: (1) the word 'nigger' and (2) the Sherwood Schwartz-style ending in which Tom Sawyer reappears and makes even the most casual reader wonder whether he might not be retarded. Huckleberry Finn, for all his white trash pedigree, is actually a pretty smart kid -- the kind of dirty-faced boy you see, in his younger years, in a shopping cart at Wal-Mart, being barked at by a monstrously obese mother in wedgied sweatpants and a stalagmite of a father who sweats tobacco juice and thinks the word 'coloreds' is too P.C. Orbiting the cart, filled with generic cigarette cartons, tabloids, and canned meats, are a half-dozen kids, glazed with spittle and howling like Helen Keller over the water pump, but your eyes return to the small, sad boy sitting in the cart. His gaze, imploring, suggestive of a caged intellect, breaks your heart, so you turn and comparison-shop for chewing gum or breath mints. He is condemned to a very dim horizon, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it, so you might as well buy some Altoids and forget about it... That boy is the spiritual descendant of Huckleberry Finn. The 'nigger' controversy -- is there still one? -- is terribly inconsequential. It almost seems too obvious to point out that this is (a) firstly a 'period novel,' meaning it that occurs at a very specific historical moment at a specific location and (b) secondly a first-person narrative, which is therefore saddled with the language, perspective, and nascent ideologies of its narrator. Should we expect a mostly uneducated, abused adolescent son of a racist alcoholic who is living in the South before the Civil War to have a respectful, intellectually-enlightened perspective toward black people? Should the character of Huck Finn, in other words, be ahistorical, anachronistic? Certainly not, if we expect any semblance of honesty from our national literature. Far more troubling to many critics is the ending of Huckleberry Finn, when -- by a freakishly literary coincidence -- Huck Finn is mistaken for Tom Sawyer by Tom’s relatives, who happen to be holding Jim (the slave on the run) in hopes of collecting a reward from his owners. There are all sorts of contrivances in this scenario -- the likes of which haven’t been seen since the golden age of Three’s Company -- which ends with Tom arriving and devising a ridiculously elaborate scheme for rescuing Jim. All in all, the ending didn’t bother me as much as it bothered some essayists I’ve read. That is, it didn’t strike me as especially conspicuous in a novel which relies a great deal on narrative implausibility and coincidence. Sure, Tom Sawyer is something of an idiot, as we discover, but in a novel that includes faked deaths and absurd con jobs, his idiocy seems well-placed. In the end, I suppose the greatest thing I can say about this novel is that it left me wondering what happened to Huck Finn. Would his intellect and compassion escape from his circumstances or would he become yet another bigoted, abusive father squiring another brood of dirty, doomed children around a fluorescently-lit Wal-Mart?

  • Petra X
    2018-11-27 03:47

    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 Amazon 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 more 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 451edited 27 Jan 2018

  • Nathan Eilers
    2018-11-27 07:38

    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.

  • Matt
    2018-12-15 09:51

    "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 out......It 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."

  • Evgeny
    2018-12-12 07:57

    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.

  • AhmadEbaid
    2018-12-01 02:59

    "وأيقنت ألا جدوى من إضاعة الوقت هباء, فأنت لا تستطيع أن تعلم زنجياً كيف يجادل. وعندئذ كففت عن الحديث" هاكلبري فين, بعد أن رفض الزنجي أن الاختلاف بين الأمريكي والفرنسي مثل الاختلاف بين القطة والبقرة إذا لم تستطع هذه الرواية أن توصل لك قيمة العلم والمنطق, وخطر العلم الزائف فما الذي سيفعل؟ إذا لم تشعرك الرواية بكمية الخطر والخداع الذي يتحتم عليك أن تحتمي منه في هذا العالم المحيط بك, فما الذي تبقى لنشلك من سذاجة الطفولة؟فكما يقول "بريان ديوننج":"قد يكون مارك توين أكثر النقاد فاعلية عند نقده لجهل البشر وخدعهم حتى الآن, بالرغم من مظهرها فهي تبدو وكأنها قصص مغامرات, فهي بالحقيقة مجموعة من إفشاءات صادمة للضعف البشري, والتي تقودها الخرافات, العنصرية, الجشع, والجهل" في ريفيو الجزء الأول: توم سوير تحدثت عن روعته الرواية كقصة مغامرات مسلية, ولكن في الجزء الثاني منها, والذي يُحكى لنا على لسان صديق توم سوير "هاكلبري فين", نشهد تحولا كبيراً واضحاً في موضوع المغامرات منذ الصفحات الأولى من الرواية:- فدية؟ وما هي الفدية؟- لست أدري! ولكن هذا ما يفعله المغامرون دائماً! ولقد قرأت عن الفدية في الكتب. ومن ثم فهذا هو ما يجب علينا أن نفعله!!- ولكن كيف يمكننا أن نفعل ذلك ونحن لا نعرفه؟- مهما يكن من أمر, فإنه يجب علينا أن "نفعل" ذلك! ألم أقل لك إنه مذكور في الكتب؟ هل تريد أن تأتي عملاً يخالف ما ورد في الكتب؟ وأن تفسد كل مغامرتنا بذلك؟...- ولماذا لا يلتقط الإنسان هراوة و "يفتديهم" بمجرد مجيئهم إلى هنا؟!!- لأن ذلك ليس مذكوراً في الكتب!..هذا هو السبب يا "بن روجرز".. هل تريد أن تعالج الأمور حسب النظام المتبع أم بطريقة مخالفة؟ -هذه هي المسألة ..ألا تظن أن أولئك الذين وضعوا الكتب يعرفون الإجراءات الصحيحة التي ينبغي اتخاذها؟ هل تظن "أنك" تستطيع أن تعلمهم شيئاً؟ كلا يا سيدي! سوف "نفتدي" هؤلاء الأشخاص بالطريقة المتبعة - .. وهل نفتدي النساء أيضا؟ - لا, فان أحداً لم يقرأ عن مثل هذا في الكتب! ======================الرواية هي إحدى الكلاسيكيات الخالدة, وعندما نقول أنها كلاسيكية ليس فقط معناها أنها قديمة, بل لأنها أيضاً أصيلة في أفكارها التي يتداولها اللاحقون تحت غطاء مسميات أخرى, فمثلا عندما تقرأ هذا المشهد:- إن ما يجعلني أشعر بالحزن هذه المرة , هو أنني سمعت صوت باب يغلق بعنف منذ قليل , فذكرني ذلك بالمعاملة السيئة التي عاملت بها ابنتي اليزابيث الصغيرة في أحد الأيام ! لم تكن حينذاك قد بلغت الرابعة من عمرها , وأصيبت بالحمى القرمزية , وكانت إصابتها شديدة الوطأة ولكنها شفيت . واتفق ذات يوم أن كانت تقف أمام المنزل فقلت لها :- أغلقي الباب.ولكنها لم تفعل , وابتسمت لي فجن جنوني , فقلت لها مرة أخرى بصوت مرتفع:- ألا تسمعيني ؟ أغلقي الباب .فوقفت جامدة في مكانها , والابتسامة على شفتيها , فازددت سخطاً وغيظاً وصحت :- سأجعلك تطيعين ما أقوله لك .وهويت بيدي فوق رأسها , فسقطت على الأرض . ثم تركتها ودخلت المنزل وقضيت هناك عشر دقائق .. وعندما خرجت , كان الباب لا يزال مفتوحا والطفلة واقفة وقد خفضت رأسها والدموع تنهمر من عينيها .. وقد زادني ذلك جنونا ؛ وهممت بالانقضاض عليها , لولا أن الريح هبت في تلك اللحظة فأغلقت الباب خلف الطفلة .. ولمنها لم تتحرك من مكانها . فأحسست بأن قلبي يكاد يفلت من بين ضلوعي , وتقدمت نحو الباب وفتحته بلطف وهدوء وأبرزت رأسي من خلفه , فإذا بالطفلة لا تزال واقفة في مكانها ؛ وعندئذ صحت فيها صيحة مدوية مفاجئة , ولكنها لم تتحرك .. أواه يا هاك .. لقد انفجرت باكيا , وحملت الطفلة بين ذراعي وقلت لها : أيتها الطفلة المسكينة , فليغفر الله العظيم لجيم المسكين ما أتاه من أثر عظيم , لأن جيم لن يغتفر لنفسه هذا الإثم طالما بقي على قيد الحياة" .. يا الهي يا "هاك" ..لقد كانت الطفلة التعسة بكماء صماء .. ومع ذلك عاملتها لك خشونة.!تذكرت مشهد مشابه سرده ستيفن كوفي في كتاب العادات السبع الأكثر فعالية, رغم أنه سرده كمشهد حقيقي.====وقالت لي الآنسة واطسون انه ينبغي علي أن أصلي كل يوم حتى أستطيع على كل ما أطلبه في صلاتي! ولقد جربت ذلك, ولكن الصلاة لم تحقق لي أي مطلب! ... لقد كنت أحدث قائلاً: "إذا كان الناس يستطيعون الحصول على ما يريدون بالصلاة فلماذا لا يستعيد "ويكون وين" النقود التي فقدها في تربية الخنازير؟ ولماذا لا تستطيع الأرملة دوجلاس أن تسترد علية "السعوط" الفضية التي سرقت منها؟ ولماذا لا تستطيع الآنسة واطسون أن تزيد من وزنها" وعندئذ أيقنت أنه ليس في الإمكان أن يحقق الإنسان أمنيته بالصلاة! وذهبت إلى الأرملة وقلت لها رأيي, فقالت أن الشيء الذي يستطيع الإنسان الحصول عليه من الصلاة هو "الهبات الروحية" لا الهبات المادية!! ====في الغالب ستخرج من هذه التجربة متشكك يعمل عقله في كل الاحتمالات, فطوبى للمتشككين."فأجبت : أكبر الظن أن هؤلاء الجن أغبياء لأنهم لا يحتفظون بالقصر لأنفسهم بدلاً من أن يشيدوه لغيرهم ! فلو أنني كنت واحداً منهم , لما لبيت نداء أي شخص يحك مصباحاً قديماً من الصفيح !! بل لو أنني كنت واحداً من هؤلاء الجن, لتخليت عن عملي !"

  • Fabian
    2018-12-15 02:34

    THE Greatest American Novel? Well... No wonder the Spanish think themselves superior with their Quixote, undoubtedly a blueprint for this mischievous Every Boy! Huck Finn is the full embodiment of THE American Fantasy: mainly that dire misconception that the protagonist of the world is you and that everything gravitates around that essential nucleus. Everyone in town thinks Huck dead, and what does he do but follow the tradition of a plot folding unto itself (as Don Q finds his story become medieval pop culture in Part II of that superior novel) as he disguises himself as a little girl and tries to squeeze information out of some lady about his myth-in-the-making trek. It seems everyone cares for this vagrant, a perpetual Sancho to Tom Sawyer's Quixote, whose redeemable features include (a pre-transcendental) openmindedness and an inclination to live only in the NOW. But the narrator, a very unreliable one at that, surrounds himself with bad bad men, playing the role of accomplice often, always safe and sound under the dragon's wing. Very American in his lemming mentality & in his misconceptions (though about his hometown and wilderness he knows much indeed).So: disguise used as an integral plot device several times throughout; brawny men taking a boy hostage; nakedness by the riverbed; costume changes, improvised Shakespearean shows, men almost always described as "beautiful" (and women solely as "lovely")....***GAY!!***Yeah, it really is hard to discern the allegory behind all of this hype. The humor is obvious, but I have to admit that this picaresque novel about a boy who avoids "sivilization" at all costs is beaten mercilessly by a more modern, therefore more RELEVANT tale of the South, "Confederacy of Dunces." Although it must be admitted that "Huck Finn" does manage to surpass other often-praised classics, like the droll "Wuthering Heights."

  • Glenn Sumi
    2018-11-21 07:40

    Why have I never read Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn before? Was it Twain’s copious use of the N word? (I vaguely recall a primary school teacher abruptly halting a class read-aloud session, perhaps because of that.) Was it the air of earnest solemnity that surrounds so-called classics? Sheer laziness?No matter. I’ve read it now, and I’ll never be the same again. Hemingway was right when he said (and I’m paraphrasing) all American literature comes from Huck Finn. While it’d be entertaining to read as a kid, it’s even more rewarding to approach as an adult. Savour that wonderful opening paragraph (and tell me you can't hear Holden Caulfield in the cadences):You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but lied one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybe Mary. Aunt Polly – Tom’s Aunt Polly, she is – and Mary, and the Widow Douglas is all told about in that book, which is mostly a true book, with some stretchers, as I said before.Everything to come is in those opening lines, penned in that distinct, nearly illiterate yet crudely poetic voice. You get a sense of Huck’s humility (compared to Tom Sawyer’s braggadocio); his intelligence; a cute postmodern nod to the author; the idea that storytelling contains “stretchers” but can also tell “the truth”; and the fact that everyone lies, including Huck. Especially Huck. He gets into so many tight spots that part of the joy is wondering how he’ll get out of them.The outlines of the plot should be familiar: Huck, a scrappy, barely literate boy, flees his abusive, alcoholic father by faking his death and travelling the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers with Jim, an escaped slave, on a raft.Huck's gradual awakening to Jim's plight is subtle and touching, never sentimental. In a sense the book chronicles his growing conscience. And the colourful characters he and Jim meet and the adventures they have add up to a fascinating, at times disturbing look at a conflicted, pre-Civil War nation.We meet a Hatfields vs. McCoys type situation; a group of rapscallions who put on a vaudeville-style act and try to fleece rubes; a scene of desperation and danger on a collapsed boat. We witness greed, anger and most of the other deadly sins – all from a little raft on the Mississipi. And before the midway point, we see the toll that a cruel joke can have on someone’s feelings.To a contemporary reader, some of the humour can feel a little forced, and the gags do get repetitive, particularly when Huck’s savvier, better-read friend Tom enters the scene.And then comes a passage like this: When I got there it was all still and Sunday-like, and hot and sun-shiny; the hands was gone to the fields; and there was them kind of faint dronings of bugs and flies in the air that makes it seem so lonesome and like everybody's dead and gone; and if a breeze fans along and quivers the leaves it makes you feel mournful, because you feel like it's spirits whispering – spirits that's been dead ever so many years – and you always think they're talking about YOU.Wow. You can see, hear and feel what he's describing. Hard to believe this was written more than 150 years ago.In the book's closing pages, Huck tells us this:If I’d a knowed what a trouble it was to make a book I wouldn’t a tackled it, and ain’t a-going to no more.Well, gosh, Huck, it war worth all yer trouble. We’re darn glad you dunnit. Yessir.

  • Madeline
    2018-12-09 05:54

    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 more 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 more 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 more paleness, spreading around; then the river softened up, away off, and warn't black any more, 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."

  • Manny
    2018-12-01 03:45

    One of my absolute favourite books, which I have read multiple times. A major classic. If at all possible, get an edition with the original illustrations.___________________________________(Expanded review based on conversation with JORDAN)Here in Switzerland, l'affaire du mot N hasn't quite had the high profile it's received on its home territory. In fact, I'm embarrassed to admit that I hadn't even heard of it until Jordan gave me a few pointers earlier today. So, no doubt all this has been said before, but I still can't resist the temptation to add my two centimes worth.In case you're as ignorant as I was about hot topics in the literary world, the furore concerns an edition of Huckleberry Finn in which the word 'nigger' has been systematically replaced with 'slave'. My initial response was plain surprise. One of the aspects of the book I enjoy most is Twain's appallingly exact ear for dialogue. He's reproducing the language actually used in the American South of the 1840s, and this, above all, is what gives the novel its force; so why on earth would anyone want to change it? For example, here's Huck's Paw in full flow:"Oh, yes, this is a wonderful govment, wonderful. Why, looky here. There was a free nigger there from Ohio -- a mulatter, most as white as a white man. He had the whitest shirt on you ever see, too, and the shiniest hat; and there ain't a man in that town that's got as fine clothes as what he had; and he had a gold watch and chain, and a silver-headed cane -- the awfulest old gray-headed nabob in the State. And what do you think? They said he was a p'fessor in a college, and could talk all kinds of languages, and knowed everything. And that ain't the wust. They said he could vote when he was at home. Well, that let me out. Thinks I, what is the country a-coming to? It was 'lection day, and I was just about to go and vote myself if I warn't too drunk to get there; but when they told me there was a State in this country where they'd let that nigger vote, I drawed out. I says I'll never vote agin. Them's the very words I said; they all heard me; and the country may rot for all me -- I'll never vote agin as long as I live. And to see the cool way of that nigger -- why, he wouldn't a give me the road if I hadn't shoved him out o' the way. I says to the people, why ain't this nigger put up at auction and sold? -- that's what I want to know. And what do you reckon they said? Why, they said he couldn't be sold till he'd been in the State six months, and he hadn't been there that long yet. There, now -- that's a specimen. They call that a govment that can't sell a free nigger till he's been in the State six months. Here's a govment that calls itself a govment, and lets on to be a govment, and thinks it is a govment, and yet's got to set stock-still for six whole months before it can take a hold of a prowling, thieving, infernal, white-shirted free nigger.I'm sorry, but I'm honestly unable to see how anyone could think the above passage was racist or might be improved by substituting 'slave' for 'nigger'. It's incidents like this which create the popular European myth that Americans don't understand the concept of irony.If you're curious to know more about the tradition of improving great works of literature by removing dubious words, you might want to take a quick look at the Wikipedia article on Thomas Bowdler which Jordan and I were giggling over. Bowdler, it turns out, had acted from the best of motives. When he was young, his father had entertained him by reading aloud from Shakespeare; butLater, Bowdler realised his father had been extemporaneously omitting or altering passages he felt unsuitable for the ears of his wife and children. Bowdler felt it would be worthwhile to present an edition which might be used in a family whose father was not a sufficiently "circumspect and judicious reader" to accomplish this expurgation himself.He undertook to create a suitably amended version. Or, to be exact, he got his sister to do it and then gave out the books under his own name. Again, his reasons were unimpeachable: it would have reflected badly on her to admit that she had understood the naughtier passages. I won't criticise Dr Bowdler or his equally well-meaning modern followers. I just think it's a shame Mark Twain never had the opportunity to write a story about them.

  • Nayra.Hassan
    2018-12-15 03:51

    كله يدلع نفسه ..بالعقل و بالاصول اوعى تدلعها زيادة دايما بتفكرني هذه الأغنية ب هاكلبيري فين ذلك الصبي الأشقر المطالب للابد بحق الانسان في ان يكون ملكا لنفسه مهما كلفه ذلك من مشاق و صراعات صبي افاق شريد.. يكره العمل المنتظم و الذهاب للمدرسة او الكنيسة !! لا يبغى سوى : حرية منفلتة بلا حساب او عقاب..فيه لمحات من بيتر بان الصبي الابدي نصيبه من العلم محدود.. .و من التربية معدوم♨ ..ترق له ارملة و تتبناه ..و لكنه يتبطر على حياة الدعة و الشبع المصحوب بالادب و النظام بالطبع..و يهرب مع عبد اسمر هارب. .ليلعبا لعبة الحياة الكبرى ..الصراع لنيل حريتك و عبر رحلتهما في الميسيسيبي⛵ ..يسخر توين بقلم لاذع لا يضاهى من تقاليد المجتمع الأمريكي بطبقاته.. من الكذب و الخرافات ..الجهل و التعليم ..الثار و العبودية قيمة الرواية تأتي من انها تفرق بين المبادىء الانسانية الصحيحة و القيم الزائفة التي تستمد بقاءها من تقاليد بالية تتسلط على الجموع و العقول و تصبح لها قوة قاهرة لأي تفكير فردي حريحتفي الأمريكيون بهذه الرواية بشكل لايصدق⭐. .فهي الرواية الوحيدة التي تصلح ليقرأها المرء في العاشرة ...ثم يقرأها سنويا و تمنحه شيئا جديدا

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-12-10 06:49

    825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twainماجراهای هاکلبری فین - مارک تواین (خوارزمی) ادبیات نوجوانانعنوانها: هکلبری فین؛ برده فراری ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ سرگذشت هکلبری فین؛ هاکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ عنوان: هکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: ابراهیم گلستان؛ چاپ نخست 1328؛ چاپ دوم: تهران، آگاه، 1349؛ چاپ سوم: تهران، روزن، 1348؛ در 308 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، بازتاب نگار، 1387، در 383 ص؛ شابک: 9789648223408؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر کلاغ، 1393، در 368 ص؛ شابک: 9786009418879؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 19 معنوان: ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ فروست: ادبیات نوجوانان؛ مترجم: هوشنگ پیرنظر؛ تهران، سازمان کتابهای جیبی فرانکلین، 1345؛ در 312 ص؛ چاپ ششم: تهران، علمی فرهنگی، 1377، در 416 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، امیرکبیر، 1389، در 443 ص؛ شابک: 9789640013182؛ عنوان: ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: شهرام پورانفر؛ تهران، زرین، 1362؛ در 394 ص؛ چاپ دیگر؛ مشهد، ارسطو، 1370؛ در 394 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، مهتاب، 1370؛ در 394 ص؛عنوان: ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: سودابه زرکف؛ تهران، دادجو، 1364؛ در 255 ص؛ عنوان: سرگذشت هکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: نجف دریابندری؛ تهران، خوارزمی، 1366؛ در 380 ص؛ عنوان: ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: رویا گیلانی؛ تهران، ارغوان، 1372؛ در 136 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1390؛عنوان: برده فراری ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: جواد محیی؛ تهران، گوتنبرگ، 1379؛ در 228 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: مشهد، جاودان خرد، 1375، در 228 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1385؛عنوان: هکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: کیومرث پارسای؛ تهران، ناژ، 1390، در 397 ص، شابک: 9786009109746؛ عنوان روی جلد ماجراهای هکلبری فین؛عنوان: ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: محمد همت خواه؛ تهران، عصر اندیشه، 1391؛ در 59 ص؛شابک: 9786005550078؛ عنوان: ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: شکوفه اخوان؛ تهران، نهال نویدان، 1392؛ در 175 ص؛شابک: 9789645680440؛ عنوان: ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: سحرالسادات رخصت پناه؛ تهران، قدیانی، 1394؛ در 336 ص؛شابک: 9786002517029؛ مجید آقاخانی نیز داستان خلاصه شده را ترجمه کرده در 177 ص؛داستان نوجوانی ست با پدری الکلی، او در پی نزاع با پدرش از خانه فرار می‌کند. در راه با برده سیاهپوستی به نام جیم آشنا می‌شود. آنها کلکی می‌سازند و سوار بر امواج رودخانه می‌.سی‌.سی‌.پی را می‌پیمایند. این کتاب به حوادثی که بر این دو رخ می‌دهد و میگذرد می‌پردازدا. شربیانی

  • Barry Pierce
    2018-12-15 04:44

    I really quite enjoyed this well-written satire of slavery-era America. I reads a lot like a Dickens novel, very episodic and with a youthful protagonist. I'll put aside the fact that Huck Finn may be the most annoying character in all of literature and say that this is a great American classic for a reason. It's captivating, it's funny, and it's never boring. While it may not have aged very well, it's still an important text that covers a time when America was in its adolescent stage.

  • Simona Bartolotta
    2018-12-09 02:47

    3.5"There warn't no home like a raft, after all."I mean, at the beginning there's a notice that reads "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." How am I supposed not to fall in love, pray tell?This book swarms with key issues of Twain's -today's- America -world-, all properly backed up by irresistible humour and irony. As I've said elsewhere before, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is another of those books that, in my opinion, with their sole existence make the world a better place.

  • Matthew
    2018-11-22 02:50

    Pretty good, kinda silly - but I think that is what Twain was going for - 3.5 stars.Twain is the king of the Yarn. Huckleberry Finn is a collection of outlandish tales all with lies and trickery at their heart. At the time of its release I am sure it became a bible for scoundrels and mischevious teens.This book is controversial, and even frequently banned, because of its portrayal of black slaves and the use of the N-word. I venture into shaky ground here by offering my opinion as I am white, but I don't think I will cause too much trouble. I can accept that at the time of writing the words and language were fairly normal so as a time period piece it is true. However, I can't say I have read a book that takes place in that time period that so flippantly tosses the n-word around. Regarding banning of this book - I can definitely tell why some parents might be concerned about their kids reading this book. I think a lot of it depends on how it is being taught - I would hope the teacher would put an emphasis on explaining the language being used. Summary:- A good book- Kind of silly- A handbook for deception- An understandably controversial reflection of the prejudices at the time it was written- Some may need guidance regarding the the way racial differences are portrayed in this book.

  • James
    2018-11-22 05:50

    Review4 out of 5 stars to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, one of the "Great American Novels" by Mark Twain published in 1884. I've actually read this book twice: once as a 14-year-old and again in college as part of my many American English courses. My interpretations have expanded with the second read, but it's still at the core, a very profound book worth reading at least once in a lifetime.Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer appear in a few of Twain's novels, but it is in this one where Huck truly becomes a character, especially through his relationship with Jim. It's the type of book to openly challenge the norms and ideals of the mid-19th century, relationships between various races, treatment towards fellow humankind. Over 135 years later, this book is still pertinent to society today. So much needs to evolve and change, and perhaps with literature, it will move a little more each day -- at least as one of the necessary driving forces.At times, I tried to forget that the book was calling out differences between treatment of ethnicity and race in America at the time. I wanted to think about it also from the perspective of two human beings who needed each other for survival, growth, life experience and comfort. Being color-blind and able to connect with someone, even if you don't see them or no much about them, is an important lesson in life. And one so few of us have an opportunity to experience.One book can't change it. One book can't truly explain it. But knowing what was happening 135 years ago versus what is happening now is important. As is what people thought back then... not just what they did. If you haven't read this, as an American, it's your responsibility. Understand the past and history. Know what it was like. Read it from 135-year-old words. And decide what you can do to keep things moving forward at a quicker pace... to help us all figure out how to ditch the differences and embrace the fact that we're all humans who need the same things to survive.About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.[polldaddy poll=9729544] [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  • MJ Nicholls
    2018-11-16 04:53

    Having never so much as fingertipped a Twain until this moment, in the last rattle of my twenties, this caustic racial satire packaged as a rootin’-tootin’ Boys Own romp proved a pleasant surprise, rather like some other late-in-the-game experiences in my life, such as listening to Tom Waits for the first time, discovering the movies of Werner Herzog, and having a proper relationship with a woman who turned out not to be an asexual narcissist. [I include the last bit to shock regular viewers used to a steady diet of impersonal MJ sumuppagge]. Ah, the pleasures of reading classics untethered from schools and syllabi!

  • MCOH
    2018-12-13 07:53

    I had mixed feelings about this book.On the one hand, it's clear that Mark Twain was progressive for his day, satirizing the topsy-turvy morals of the slavery-era south. His heroes are two people at the bottom rung of the social ladder - a runaway slave, and the son of the town drunk. Though they're not valued by society, they turn out to be the two most honorable characters of the book. And I appreciated the questions it raised, about how we construct our own sense of morality in the context of broader social morals, and how we deal with potential conflicts between those two. I loved Huck for choosing to go to hell rather than turn in his friend. On the other hand, it's such a far-fetched farce, with so many over-the-top scenes, one crazy situation after another, so many coincidences, such silliness, that I had a hard time enjoying it. At the end, Tom keeps adding all kinds of superfluous details into the escape plan, just to satisfy his sense of drama. The author seems to think this will be amusing - see how it's a funny game to Tom, see how he's influenced by all the adventure books he's ever read... And I just wanted to smack the kid, and say, "A man's life is in danger! How dare you treat this like a game of make-believe! Just get him out of there, you idiot!" The humor reminded me a lot of Candide. That style (social satire, ironic farce, fable, whatever you want to call it) can be a great way to make a point. But it's not the same as a novel with well-developed characters and a realistic plot.Sometimes I enjoy satire, but yesterday, I just wasn't in the mood. I felt like the atrocities committed in our country against African-Americans were just too horrific to laugh at. I have heard that people often protest this book when it appears on school curricula, because of the repeated use of the n-word. I think I had an easier time accepting that word, because it reflected the common usage of the time, and it felt like part of the natural, authentic voice of the narrator. I had a harder time with the portrayal of Jim as a naive, superstitious, gullible, person, who seems completely dependent on a young white boy to figure out what to do. Jim is good, but he doesn’t come across as particularly smart. He's more an archetype - the noble savage - than a real person. I think the main value of this book is as a historical artifact. You can see the important role it played if you look at what it was for the time it was written in, and how it influenced other books written in America. But I don’t think it could get published today. I'm glad to say, we've come a long way.

  • Mostafa Galal
    2018-12-12 05:51

    لم أكن أعلم أن هذا الكتاب هو تكملة لكتاب"مغامرات توم سوير" حيث يتم التركيز على هيكلبري فين صديق البطل في الكتاب السابق .. بشكل عام كتاب جيد و ممتع يقدم مغامرات طفولية مضحكة أحياناً، و ساذجة أحياناً أخرى لكنها لا تخلو من خفة ظل مارك توين المعروفة و سخريته اللاذعة

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2018-11-29 01:46

    More mature and longer than its cousin, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn remains an incredible kid's story of initiation and adventure. Yes, there is some racial stereotypes in the depiction of Jim, but let's give Mark Twain the benefit of the doubt that he is trying to tell a good story and is sympathetic to the anti-slavery movement. An amazing tale that has not aged a bit!

  • Brian
    2018-12-01 06:40

    2016 RE-READI read this when I was like ten or something and all I remembered was that it was one of my favorites. Here I am, 26 years later, having read it again, and loving it perhaps more than I did then. I don’t remember Mark Twain being so damn hilarious. I mean I was in hysteria I was laughing so hard. I had to cover my mouth a few times when I burst out laughing when I was reading next to my sleeping beauty. I liked this so much that I bought a hard copy. I plan to read it again and again. I was so sad to get to the end of this because I felt like Huck was my best friend ‘dat I ever did haive ya see. I don’t know, that’s kind of how the whole book is written – so very wonderful. He touched on some very deep, heartbreaking issues, all covered in lightheartedness. I can’t seem to express how much I loved this. I remember reading this when I was young, then reading other books on slavery because of it. I felt that interest peaking again as I read it. As I was thinking about this I got inspired to look up some old Negro spiritual songs on YouTube and stumbled upon Martin Luther King’s last speech, “I Have Seen the Mountaintop.” I thought, “What if he would have seen Obama as President.” It made me weep. Then I saw a link to Robert Kennedy’s speech announcing that MLK was shot. That made me weep too. We sure have come a long way.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2018-12-02 05:51

    I used to hate this book when I was younger, but I'm glad I gave it another chance because there's so much more to it than I initially realized, and it's such an unforgettable and funny novel. :)

  • Alex
    2018-11-14 06:46

    Huck Finn is miles weightier than Tom Sawyer, and it's almost the Great American Novel it's called. Tom Sawyer was all fun and games - Don Quixote, as he points out himself, "all adventures and more adventures." Huck Finn's a different person; he's concerned with doing the right thing. He spends most of the novel helping a runaway slave escape, and he brilliantly represents a person judging the morals of society against the morals he's come up with himself, and ending up in the right place. That's why Huck Finn isn't a racist novel: Twain means to show us how a person who approaches life honestly will come out against racism. He's not subtle about it.And Twain pulls off this wonderful reversal near the end of the book: Sawyer suddenly (view spoiler)[reappears on the scene, pulling the same hijinks he always has, but now we see it through Huck's and Jim's eyes, and it's maddening. Huck wants to find the most direct solution to the problem of freeing Jim, who's been recaptured. Tom wants to complicate things, as he always does; rather than just pulling a loose board out and making off, Tom insists on digging under the wall, and loosing bugs into Jim's prison so he can be properly prisonerish, and finally warning the family about the impending escape to make the whole thing more dangerous.(hide spoiler)]While Sawyer did horrible things in his own book - most notably faking his own death so his Aunt Polly could about die of sadness - we forgave him then because the book was a lark, told through his eyes, and we understood that it was all about fun. Twain takes a leap in Huck Finn, showing us an adult world and then showing us what real stakes look like when Tom Sawyer gets a hold of them, and it's devastating to watch Tom toy with Jim's life this way. This radical flip is one of Twain's best moves, and it elevates Huck Finn considerably. But Jim, for all his humanity, is still problematic. He never drives anything forward himself, and his passivity makes me uncomfortable. He's certainly shown to be kind, and we're allowed to see him weeping for his separated wife and children, and we get to see his heavily allegorical refusal to allow Tom to throw rattlesnakes into his prison to make it more realistic. We're allowed into Jim's humanity, yeah, but he never gets to drive the plot. At the end, when he realizes that he'd been a free man all along, and Huck didn't know it but Tom did and Tom was just playing...I wanted a moment of anger from him. Didn't he deserve it? Shouldn't Jim have had a moment when he said, "What about my wife and children?" Toni Morrison says that "the brilliance of Huckleberry Finn is that it is the argument it raises." As great as this book is, I'm uncomfortable in parts. In making Jim the co-lead but giving him no action, Twain failed Jim; so while this is an anti-racism book, it's not totally an enlightened one.

  • Apatt
    2018-11-27 08:48

    Now, how in the nation is a body going to start this review? Well, I'll be ding-busted!I usually don’t like reading colloquial prose style, accented dialogue and dialects. All too often they require additional effort to decipher and are just plain irritating. However, I have to make an exception for Mark Twain because he does it better than anybody else I can think of. There is never any confusion about the meaning and his colloquial narrative style and dialogue add a great deal of humour, charm and atmosphere to the story.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn does not need any synopsis I think, as it is one of the most widely read novel of all time. At the most basic level it is an adventure yarn of a rough young lad and an escaped slave on a raft down the Mississippi River, both running away from unbearable circumstances, and meeting some very colorful characters along the river. It is a very funny novel without actually being a “comic novel” in the sense that its primary purpose is not to make you laugh but to tell a ripping yarn with some serious issues embedded therein. I find it to be a generally good-natured story in spite of some underlying dark themes like slavery, parental abuse and violence. The biting social satire is delightful and Twain seems to enjoy poking fun at his favorite targets of nice but dim gentility, racists, bigots, roughnecks, con men and the religious.There is a genuine sense of childhood innocence in Huck Finn’s first person narrative and I felt swept along with his enthusiasm for life and taste for adventures. Huck is a wonderful protagonist who is easy to identify with. Twain subtly charts the development of Huck’s morality through his experiences in this book, particularly from the time he spends with Jim, the escaped slave who he initially views as a little less than human. Jim is in fact the moral compass and the true hero of this book, much more so than Huck’s famous friend Tom Sawyer who does some highly reprehensible things in this book just for a lark*The word “nigger” appears on just about every page of this book and I have read that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is banned in some schools because of this***. I have to wonder whether the people who want to ban the book actually bothered to read it. Twain is very compassionate toward the black characters in this book, and – as I mentioned earlier – Jim comes out of it shining brighter than anybody else. The book is at its funniest when detailing Tom Sawyer’s plan for rescuing Jim from captivity, his absurd adherence to the principles of a proper prison break is hilarious (though he really is an atrocious little fellow). However, the funniest part of the book for me is when Huck is trying to explain the concept of a foreign language to Jim. Twain gives an almost unassailable reason why the French should only speak English**Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a book I can read again and again just for the prose. Certainly if you have never read it even once you should make a bee line for it.___________________________NotesI listened to the excellent audiobook edition from Wonderfully read performed by John Greenman. Thank you sir!* “What the hell? A brother's freedom ain't no game man!” - Thug Notes review (on Youtube).Update: Having read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer since reading this Huck Finn book I find that Tom in the previous book is just a naughty — kind of hyperactive — boy, not so despicable and borderline insane as he is in this book. That is some character arc! Huck Finn — after his own adventures — has become much more mature.** "Why, Huck, doan' de French people talk de same way we does?""No, Jim; you couldn't understand a word they said—not a single word.""Well, now, I be ding-busted! How do dat come?""I don't know; but it's so. I got some of their jabber out of a book. S'pose a man was to come to you and say Polly-voo-franzy—what would you think?""I wouldn' think nuff'n; I'd take en bust him over de head—dat is, if he warn't white. I wouldn't 'low no nigger to call me dat.""Shucks, it ain't calling you anything. It's only saying, do you know how to talk French?""Well, den, why couldn't he say it?""Why, he is a-saying it. That's a Frenchman's way of saying it.""Well, it's a blame ridicklous way, en I doan' want to hear no mo' 'bout it. Dey ain' no sense in it."*** Apparently NewSouth Books published an edition where "nigger" is replaced by "slave" ಠ_ಠ. On the bright side, this led to publication of The Hipster Huckleberry Finn where "nigger" is replaced with "hipster" to placate the hip and sensitive.

  • Garythe Bookworm
    2018-12-06 04:39

    I've readThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn many times: first as a teenager, then as a young man in college and until last week, as a thirty-something adult. Each reading brought new insights about Twain's take on the American experience. He created unforgettable and timeless characters, the likes of which still exist from sea to shining sea. Drifting down the Mississippi River with Huck and Jim is a sublime experience. Twain captures the majesty and serenity of the river and uses it as a powerful metaphor for their troubled lives. Both are fleeing civilization because it represents an intolerable set of rules; Huck's life has been shaped by poverty, cruelty and neglect and Jim is an escaped slave. Huck, though still a boy, is an astute observer and Jim becomes the first and only adult who deserves his respect and loves him unconditionally. Twain published this at the close of Reconstruction and the birth of Jim Crow. For all his minstrel show characteristics, Jim is morally superior to all the scoundrels they encounter, particularly the King and the Duke, two grifters who hijack the raft to save their own necks. In Huck's increasingly radical voice, Twain skewers all kinds of injustices: not just the inhumanity of slavery, but also, false piety and vigilantism. Masquerading as an adventure story, it is a celebration of the glories of the Mississippi, a comic tour de force and a ringing indictment of American malfeasance and hypocrisy. This is arguably the Great American Novel. Just imagine what Twain would have to say about our current state of affairs.2/5/15 Update 3/22/14Becoming Mark Twain:

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2018-11-15 02:31

    Very funny children's book with great lessons. Great being an understatement.My earliest memory of this book was when I was in third year high school. My eldest brother who was already in college was vacationing at home. One day, he asked my other older brother who was in fourth year high school to read this book aloud to him. I think this was to coach my other older brother on his accent because he was to enter college in the city and join my eldest brother. People in our province pronounce words differently, oftentimes interchanging the “e” and the “i” and “o” and “u” and with difficulty pronouncing the sounds of “f”, “p” “v”, “b.”I remember that our copy of this book was thicker than this Oxford edition that I just finished reading. Thicker but the fonts were bigger and with illustrations. It must be an abridged edition. Curious of what the book was also about, I tried reading it and when I realized that it was about American boys traversing the stretch of Mississippi river on a raft, I dropped the book and read komiks again. Why should I spend time to learn about two boys with a colored man (I based this only on some of the illustrations) when I reading fantasy komiks heroes was then my idea of good literature. If Huckleberry was a children’s book and my favorite komiks were also for children, then hands down, my choice was the latter.When I joined Goodreads in 2009 and vowed on my quest to read all the books included in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die I saw Huckleberry in it. This being a children’s book, I thought I should postpone reading this as this should be a light easy read remembering our old (and now lost) copy in the province. Last December, my good friend Shiela and I decided to read this as buddies. We were about to start when we caught up a “storm” so I decided to postpone my reading and this should explain one of the reasons why it took me almost 3 months to finish this book. I only decided to continue when I felt that the storm was over. Then also of course, I found that this edition (should be the unabridged version) quite difficult to understand especially because of the way the people in the South (of America) used to speak. I read in the introduction that there were at least 6 types of Southern accents that were spoken during time that Mark Twain tried to capture in this book’s dialogues. Prior to finishing this book, I thought that those two real incidents – my two brothers enjoying this book and the storm my friend Shiela and I found us in - would just be the only things that I would remember when I hear people talk about this book. Wrong. The book itself is memorable. For me, overall, it is still a children’s book. However, it is multilayered and can be read by adults if only those adults would focus on its underlying theme: the evil of racism. I think Mark Twain designed the book to appeal to children in his desire to contribute, no matter how small, in opening the eyes of the American people and even the whole world on the flight of discriminated races. He definitely shied away from on-your-face preachy tone and instead opted for a funny and light mood that was what one would feel at the beginning and the end of the book. The realization of the important and critical theme – the seriousness of the book - is sandwiched in the middle when Huck and Jim are on the raft and encountering all those people and situations that definitely opened the eyes of the young white boy Huck. There are arguments that the childish ending, when Tom and Huck revert back to their playful adventures puts doubt to Huck’s transformation or awakening. I disagree. I know that those earth-shattering experiences will forever stay in Huck’s memories and will turn him to a fair and honest man. For the meantime, Huck and Tom are still boys at the end of the story and they still need some time to play and grow up.I read in one of the blogs that there is a proposal to replace all the “N” word with “slave.” I am against this. The use of the “N” word was a common practice during that time and Mark Twain used it to realistically capture that time in American history. I think that teachers in school, will just have to be strict in clearly explaining that the word is now derogatory and should never be uttered anymore – whether in school, at home, in public or even in private. But doing the replacement? It’s like tampering a masterpiece and who would like to read a tampered piece of art?The use of the first-person narration is very appropriate. It felt like you are witnessing the racial prejudices by yourself. Mark Twain’s handle of his milieu is one for the books. Reading it is like riding on a raft where you could see the green trees, feel the cold water of Mississippi and hear the wsloshing of water as your raft passes the riverbank. This is a funny book. I laughed out loud at least three times particularly those attempts of Huck to conceal his true identity. This is a great book. One whose message will last forever: that men are created equal despite their many differences. Funny and great. But one thing is certain: one of my unforgettable reads this year.

  • Ellie
    2018-12-07 07:34

    For some reason, I've delayed reading this book for many years. Actually, I started it a few times but couldn't get past the language-the use of the n-word and the dialect. This time I stuck it out and I'm so glad I did.Huck Finn is a combination boy's adventure story and biting social critique. Huck is an abused child who runs away with Jim, a slave. The outline of the story is probably known to everyone but the writing is vivid and the anxiety about Jim's getting to freedom intense. And Huck is struggling hard with his ideas of what it means to be good, which would be turning a runaway slave in, and his own conscience, that tells him Jim is a good human being and a loyal friend that he needs to help.Once I got the rhythm of the book, I was able to enjoy the writing. Twain creates scenes so real you can almost see them. There are comic interludes, as when they pick up two con artists who get themselves into deeper and deeper trouble while trying to hoodwink others. The humor is mixed with drama and all along there's commentary on how cruel people can be. Poor Huck thinks he's a hopeless case but it becomes clear he's a very decent human being who is an outcast, like Jim.There's a good reason this book is a classic of American literature and I'm glad to have finally read it.

  • Наталия Янева
    2018-11-28 06:56

    Славен момък е тоя Хъкълбери Фин, честно слово! Ако не вярвате, питайте мистър Марк Твен, той ще ви каже...„Приключенията на Хъкълбери Фин“ четох в превод от 65-та година. Чудесно придава атмосферата на по-миналия век в САЩ. Не зная дали съвременен преводач, пък бил той и умел, би могъл така добре да се справи. Малкото, което помня от „Приключенията на Том Сойер“ (освен Беки, леля Поли, която донякъде напомня баба Цоцолана по нрав, и гангренясалия пръст на Том), е, че романът носеше същия дух. А самият Том, разбира се, не пропуска да се появи и да обагри и тукашните премеждия.Някаква магия има в малките момченца. Благоприличните момиченца не си играят на разбойници, не си измислят кървави клетви, нямат пръчки саби и метли кончета. Момиченцата си играят на сервизи и мама и татко, и общо взето още от малки се подготвят да станат пълноправни и сериозни членове на обществото (скучна работа, но все някой трябва да я върши). Виж, момченцата са друга работа. Съвсем спокойно можеш да скалъпиш освобождаването на негър от робовладелци и то по всички правила на рицарските и там другите му приключенски романи. Оставяш изчегъртани в камък скръбни послания (оф, пришки излязоха от това дълбаене!), копаеш тунел с часове, нищо, че безпрепятствено можеш да влезеш през вратата, за която имаш ключ (не се прави така, не разбирате ли) и освен това помагаш да избяга на някого, който е бил затворник 37 години! Е, те всъщност са били няколко седмици, но на ужким всичко е позволено. Пък и къде остава интересното иначе… Това ми напомня за В., която съвсем не в стила на момиченцата като била малка и се налагало да помага в градината на село и да носи нещо-си-тежко, си представяла, че била роб на галера, който трябвало да мъкне кофи с вода и един ден да се превърне в бъдещия страховит Черен корсар на Емилио Салгари.Хубаво е да прочетеш подобен роман като дете. Разгаря въображението като нищо друго. Хубаво е да го прочетеш и като възрастен. Виждаш какво изпускаш във всички онези дни, в които си зает с работата-си-за-големи, с чистене на фугите в банята и търкане на загорелия тиган след тиквичките. Хубаво е да се сетиш какво е да си толкова безгрижен, че всъщност да имаш време да го пуснеш на воля онова въображение, дето сякаш ти се беше разгоряло като малък и най-сериозният проблем беше, когато коремчето те подсеща, че май е време за вечеря. Ех, и всичкото това бързане да пораснем…

  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    2018-11-23 07:37

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer opened the door to this book, my favorite of the two. I’ve never been a fan of the leader of the pack, I’ve always been drawn to the quieter buddy. Not the buddy that blindly follows but the thinking man, the one that sits back to watch and learn from the things he sees before him.I adore Huck for how he handles the life lessons that have been dealt to him and those around him. At first he is afraid to stand on his own two feet, quick to yes sir and do what isn’t always in his best interest. As the story develops his backbone gets stronger and he starts coming into his own. Standing up for not only himself but others.I should knock Tom down a star and let Huck have all the glory but without Tom I wouldn’t have found Huck, so five starts to two of my all time favs.

  • Sue
    2018-11-20 01:59

    This was a wonderful experience, re-reading Huck's adventures after many years away from the book. On this second reading, so much spoke to me: the poetry in the descriptions of the time on the river, Twain's obvious love of his young character Huck Finn, the wonderful characters of all stripes and the picture of the time (with Twain's twist of course). Huck's struggles with what he perceives as right and wrong are so wonderfully written and, of course, so satirical for the reader, as he deals with the mores of his time.A section on Huck and Jim's travel on the river struck me with it's poetry. "Two or three days and nights went by; I reckon I might say they swum by, they slid along so quiet and smooth andlovely....It was a monstrous big river down there....we runnights, and laid up and hid daytimes; soon as night was most gone we stopped navigating....Next we slid into the riverand had a swim...then we set down on the sandy bottom...andwatched the daylight come. Not a sound anywheres---perfectlystill---just like the whole world was asleep, only sometimesthe bullfrogs a-cluttering, maybe. The first thing to see, looking away over the water, was a kind of dull line---that was the woods on t'other side...then a pale place in the sky;then more paleness spreading around; then the river softened up away off, and warn't black any more, but gray.... (ch 19, loc 1623)The description of dawn on the river goes on, and is lovely. I can imagine the times Twain must have watched the river and the wildlife, capturing all the details.Amazingly enough, this description feels right for Huck too, for he is an observer of all kinds of life. He's had to be due to his difficult upbringing. Further along, adventures of all sorts begin, ones that he and Jim are less than willing participants at times. But I'm not going to spoil any fun here. If you want to read about the outrageous con men of the time, the famous King and Duke, then you will have to read the book.Huck's growth during his journey with Jim is seen in his choices,along the way, especially his choices regarding Jim, and his perceptive views of the adults around him and their actions.He may believe he will ultimately be condemned for his thoughts and actions, but we and Twain believe otherwise in the major irony of the book.Highly recommended to all and I must say I enjoyed this far more on reading this as an adult. Thanks to On the Southern Literary Trail for having this as a June read.