- Lexile Measure: 650 (What's this?)
- Series: Bantam Classic
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Classics; Reprint edition (March 1, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780553210798
- ISBN-13: 978-0553212266
- ASIN: 0553210793
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,195 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Bantam Classic) Reprint Edition
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"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. It's the best book we've had." --Ernest Hemingway
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Hilariously picaresque, epic in scope, alive with the poetry and vigor of the American people, Mark Twain's story about a young boy and his journey down the Mississippi was the first great novel to speak in a truly American voice. Influencing subsequent generations of writers -- from Sherwood Anderson to Twain's fellow Missourian, T.S. Eliot, from Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner to J.D. Salinger -- Huckleberry Finn, like the river which flows through its pages, is one of the great sources which nourished and still nourishes the literature of America.
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TLDR; The book is a classic for the ages, but the publishers botched the job
So, as an oldster now, while in a state of angst at having finished my last book and not having anything readily in mind to read,
I decided to journey back and re-visit my old friend Huck. Well, I wasn't disappointed. Still brought tears to my eyes as I laughed uncontrollably at all the idiotic and downright dumb carrying-ons the characters engage in. But of course, as always, Twain's characters exhibit some good ways too, to offset the bad.
This story is a classic for a reason. In the end, Mark Twain's understanding of the vagaries, complexities, and plain silliness of humans, and our human nature, was simply--to me--uncanny. And his ability to portray this through funny, whimsical, and often satirical storytelling was better than anyone else, before or after. People do good, bad, crazy, rational, silly, inexplicable, and more...stuff. All the time. They always have and they always will. They can't help themselves. They're human. Mark Twain's exposition of this was - is - a GIFT to mankind.
As an aside, and as a special bonus in reading Mark Twain, I find it extra refreshing to read un-revised, unvarnished, un-PC tainted, true-to-life depictions of the way things actually were. So, if you can't or are too sensitive to deal with reality, then my recommendation is that you stay in your sanitized bubble, and deprive yourself of the joys of the truth. It really is your loss.
For all the rest, just read and enjoy!
I downloaded the free Kindle edition of the book. It's the one with the generic red and buff cover and the "Public Domain Book" stamp on the front.
It is a fine copy for general reading purposes. Displays well on my Kindle Touch and on my Kindle Fire. Formatting, layout, paragraph and page breaks, fonts, and general readability are fine.
So, if you just want a handy, free Kindle version, this will serve that purpose well.