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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Paperback – November 16, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1456364397 ISBN-10: 1456364391 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456364391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456364397
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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.

From Publishers Weekly

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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I read it in high school.
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The humor is subtle, clever and entertaining.
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It's a beautiful addition to my collection!
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46 of 48 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stryder7 on November 24, 2011
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This is a very time specific book and it takes you back to a time when life seemed free and easy. It was anything but. Huck is footloose and fancy free but running in the background is his loyalty to his friends. He still 'tries' to get an education so he won't have to follow in his father's footsteps. He learns that there are people who care for him and he tries hard to please them. It is a wonderful, easy read that will take you out of your busy world. It's almost like taking a holiday.

I have read both the unabridged and the sanitized versions and I have to say that for me the unabridged version stays closest to the time and era of the book. The way people spoke in those days has a lot to do with the flavor of the book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Abbie on July 17, 2012
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I bought this because it is exactly what readers got when the book was first published, including illustrations. My son loves this book even though it is "summer reading." I was happy to find one that has not been expunged by the PC Police. Literature is literature and should be read as the author intended. I have had a discussion with my son as to why a word, which today is taboo, appears in the book. Language changes constantly and it might not be appropriate to use the "N" word today, but it was acceptable in the days of Mark Twain. If we can't have access to the past as it unfolds in literature, we have more to fear than the "N' word.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Purple Diva on May 20, 2012
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I read some of the other reviews and understand that some people had an issue with the candid way in which Mark Twain dealt with the race issues. However, as a person of color, I am a Black Bahamian, I have absolutely no problem, it is what it is, and it doesn't make sense to sugarcoat the past. I loved the book when I read it as a child, and enjoyed reading it again. Previously it was just an entertaining book, however, in reading it as an adult with a lot more exposure and understanding of the subtle and not so subtle undertones, it took my experience to a whole other level.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Ellsworth VINE VOICE on December 7, 2013
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I bought this particular edition of 'Huckleberry Finn' for the few but wonderful illustrations done by Scott McKowen. I already owned a gallery-sized digital print of the cover art and I wanted to document where it came from. I also purchased a 'critical edition' of the work with scholarly annotations by Michael Patrick Hearn. Both editions have their strong points: the Sterling Classic edition is a convenient bedside format and the text, without scholarly annotations, reads easily--like any 'regular' book. The Norton critical edition is sufficiently larger in size to be harder to hold. Its purpose is to inform the reader about Mark Twain, the influences on his writing and his aims in writing 'Huckleberry Finn.' There are columns of text along side of columns of notes on every page.

Readers of this review are going to ask: "who is HE to review perhaps the greatest work of fiction in American literature?" I have a literary education and am both a reader and a writer. That helps. I first read 'Huckleberry Finn' as a youth and I marveled at the unfamiliar world of the Mississippi River valley and the unfamiliar time in the history of our country. I read the work purely for its adventure. There is plenty of that. Even today, when readers are more sensitive to the struggle for Civil Rights for all Americans...and when regional dialects are possibly of little interest, the book holds up well as an adventure and as a coming of age story. Most teens will sympathize with Huck's desire for freedom from adult supervision. This has its parallel in Jim's desire for freedom from slavery as an adult.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erik on February 4, 2014
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This SO CALLED edition of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (as with the Barnes and Noble "Tom Sawyer" of the same tacky series) are neither Mark Twain's words, nor his intent. Twain's estate should sue Barnes and Noble for altering this literature and attempting to profit from such a ham-handed, politically correct fake.

Would I recommend this, much less ANY of the tinkered and tweaked editions of this pathetic pedestrian series of "pretty leather library books"?

Let me remind Barnes and Noble of the only "N" word that really matters to their $$ bottom line $$ ...

"NEVER".

(This classic tale is part of our cultural heritage and may I suggest an earlier edition printed before the Age of Political Correctness and the rise of The Nanny State.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Langstaff on July 3, 2012
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Not that Twain needs any more praise, kudos or whatnot, but I bother to write here only to point out that anyone taking issue with the "fine points" of language, political correctness (ersatz) or racial issues (contemporary or historic) has ENTIRELY MISSED THE POINT of this timeless American treasure.

The entire subtext of this gem of a novel is a polemic AGAINST racism. Twain was a die hard abolitionist and fought tooth and nail against prejudice and bigotry wherever he found them. He was intolerant of intolerance. He wrote this wonderfully funny novel after the end of the bloodiest Civil War imaginable (more lives lost than in any other war we have fought) when the entire nation was wounded, suffering and in need of a good laugh. BUT he was not going to let anything pass, let anyone off the hook and was going to call out fools wherever he saw them. His genius was in putting the words in their own mouths and giving them the staqe on which to do so.

The deep friendship he limns between Huck and Jim, an ignorant but sweet white boy and an uneducated but deeply loyal and sensitive runaway slave, will bring tears to the eyes of any reader who can, as it were, "read."

Twain creates such sympathy both between them and in the reader for them and their perilous situation that no one could have written a non-fiction tract, diatribe or polemic that would have better served the cause of racial equality and harmony.

Fiction works through the creative processes and in the hands of a master such as Twain can work miracles. The book remains a miracle and one of our national monuments to good overcoming bad ideas and bad people. A battle won, the war ongoing. Take the time to read it and mind-mend your ways. And, for heavensake laugh, because the situation is so absurd, as are we all, so much of the time.
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