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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Third Edition) (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback – December 17, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0393966404 ISBN-10: 0393966402 Edition: Third Edition
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A seminal work of American Literature that still commands deep praise and still elicits controversy, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is indispensable to a full understanding of the novel. The changes, deletions, and additions made in the first half of the manuscript indicate that Mark Twain frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational book than the one he finally published. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Considered the first great American novel, part of Finn's charm is the wisdom and sobering social criticism deftly lurking amongst the seemingly innocent observations of the uneducated Huck and the even-less-educated escaped slave, Jim. William Dufris's voice, unpretentious and disarming, like the book's main characters, seems the perfect armature on which to hang this literary strategy. Although he does an expert job with the entire cast, Dufris's delivery of Jim's dialogue is his crowning achievement. Out of context, Dufris's Jim might sound mocking and racist, due to his expert delivery of Twain's regional vernacular. Ignorance and intelligence, however, are not mutually exclusive, and taken as a whole, Jim's mind and heart come shining through, allowing the listener to reflect on their own assumptions. Tantor Media includes the entire text as a digital e-book on the final CD, a wise and thoughtful move in a market with swift and changing currents.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Critical Editions
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Third Edition edition (December 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393966402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393966404
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,499 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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995 of 1,029 people found the following review helpful By JLind555 on February 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Okay, we all know the plot, so there's no sense in rehashing it; but this book has generated a great deal of heat and very little light lately, it's been banned in some school districts and attacked as racist garbage, so this review will address the question: Is "Huckleberry Finn", in fact, a racist book?

The charge of racism stems from the liberal use of the N word in describing Jim. Some black parents and students have charged that the book is humiliating and demeaning to African-Americans and therefore is unfit to be taught in school. If there has been a racist backlash in the classroom, I think it is the fault of the readers rather than the book.

"Huckleberry Finn" is set in Missouri in the 1830's and it is true to its time. The narrator is a 13 year old, semi-literate boy who refers to blacks by the N-word because he has never heard them called anything else. He's been brought up to see blacks as slaves, as property, as something less than human. He gets to know Jim on their flight to freedom (Jim escaping slavery and Huck escaping his drunken, abusive father), and is transformed. Huck realizes that Jim is just as human as he is, a loving father who misses his children, a warm, sensitive, generous, compassionate individual. Huck's epiphany arrives when he has to make a decision whether or not to rescue Jim when he is captured and held for return to slavery. In the culture he was born into, stealing a slave is the lowest of crimes and the perpetrator is condemned to eternal damnation. By his decision to risk hell to save Jim, he saves his own soul. Huck has risen above his upbringing to see Jim as a friend, a man, and a fellow human being.

Another charge of racism is based on Twain's supposed stereotyping of Jim.
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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful By tracy on January 8, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
While I have no complaints about
Mark
Twain I do have to fault this version
of his
book as it is impossible to read on
the Kindle
because of improper formatting. Every
page looks
like this and that makes it very
difficult
to read.

I tried changing the font sizes and
the line
spacing as well as the orientation
of the
pages but I still could not get this
file to flow properly. Whatever
company
is responsible for formatting this for
the
Kindle needs to try again, because this
just does
not work.

I downloaded the Original Unabridged
Tom Sawyer
at the same time and that version
has the
same issue with the hard line breaks
coded
into the formatting. Hopefully
someone
else can put out better versions of
these
books that will be easier to read
on the
Kindle.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Harriet A. Sisk on February 17, 2011
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CLASSIC. I wanted a copy before new versions may be "abridged" to remove the "n" word. It's all a part of history at that time and is a classic to keep.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By mp on July 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
Mark Twain's 1885 novel, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," has had a long history, during which it has been and still is both reviled and celebrated. Essentially the story of the picaresque travels and adventures of a young Missouri boy and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, in 1840's America. Taking cues from books like "Don Quixote" and Jonathan Swift's works, and a fraught relationship to Sir Walter Scott's historical romances and those of his protege, James Fenimore Cooper, Twain constructs a masterful first person narrative, through the eyes of 14 year old Huckleberry and a profound and hilarious satire on American culture.
"Huckleberry Finn" begins in tension - Huckleberry's fortune and wardship with the well-meaning widow Douglas has him in a bind. The widow wants to 'sivilize' him, taking him out of the happy go lucky, easy going lifestyle he loves, while his fortune of six thousand dollars has him living in perpetual anxiety of his father, a violent drunkard whose absence only makes Huck more anxious about his return. When Huck's pap does return, sure enough, Huck is remanded, more or less, to Pap's custody, and kept prisoner in a secluded cabin. Though he is no longer being 'sivilized,' his time with Pap becomes more and more tense and lonely, driving Huck to stage his own death and run away from Pap and from civilization. Early in his escape, on a small island in the Mississippi River, he meets Jim, a slave from his town of St. Petersburg, who has run away, planning to raise money in the north to buy his family out of slavery. Together, Jim and Huck form a friendship that will take them up and down and all around the Mississippi River.
"Huckleberry Finn" deals with a great many social issues, and none more interestingly than with conventional morality.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2013
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I grew up with Mark Twain stories and essays. I read Huck Finn as a child and evidently I read the white-washed homogenized "kids" version because this original transcription contains all the local dialects and nuances that would not be interesting to a kid. I have to say this is the adult version of what became a children's adventure tale. Yes, the N word is used, and appropriately in the context of the story. I wish I could have read this original text when I was a child and could identify with the linguistic pronunciations. This Huck was more adult and endearing than I remember it as a child. It was loose, disordered and not at all interesting back then. This book was more than satisfying for the humor, outrageousness and sweet and moving friendships that are timeless and give a glimpse of what life was like in the rural country along the Mississippi. I highly recommend reading this book and experiencing the characters anew. You will not be disappointed.
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