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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0486280615
ISBN-10: 0486280616
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Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was "the most stupendous event of my whole life"; Ernest Hemingway declared that "all modern American literature stems from this one book," while T. S. Eliot called Huck "one of the permanent symbolic figures of fiction, not unworthy to take a place with Ulysses, Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, Hamlet."
The novel's preeminence derives from its wonderfully imaginative re-creation of boyhood adventures along the mighty Mississippi River, its inspired characterization, the author's remarkable ear for dialogue, and the book's understated development of serious underlying themes: "natural" man versus "civilized" society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings, the stultifying effects of convention, and other topics. But most of all, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful story―filled with high adventure and unforgettable characters (including the great river itself)―that no one who has read it will ever forget.
Unabridged Dover (1994) republication of the text of the first American edition, published by Charles L. Webster and Company, New York, 1885. New introductory Note.

About the Author

After the Civil War, Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) left his small town to seek work as a riverboat pilot. As Mark Twain, the Missouri native found his place in the world. Author, journalist, lecturer, wit, and sage, Twain created enduring works that have enlightened and amused readers of all ages for generations.

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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 980 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1 edition (May 26, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486280616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486280615
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Orfield on September 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
One hundred and twenty years after its publication, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains the quintessential American novel. It is an amazingly well crafted piece of work, as complex or as simple as you want it to be. On one level, it is a dissertation on society, slavery, morality and the meaning of civilization. On another, it is simply an entertaining yarn. Whether you are 8 or 88, there is something here for you.

At the heart of the novel is the unlikely but heartfelt friendship between Huck and Jim, a runaway slave. Both are outcasts of sort, running away from a society they cannot comprehend. It is through his friendship with Jim and their adventures together on the river that Huck truly finds himself. He is continually confronted with the question of right and wrong and he learns to stay true to himself and follow his own heart, regardless of conventional, social, or religious mores. Huck's instincts rarely fail him. And, as Huck suspects all along, he learns more on the river than he ever did in school or Sunday school.

Many readers see the ending (Huck's adoption and continued "civilization") as a disappointment. I disagree. Huck has grown so much that his individuality has already been forged. Aunt Sally can't change him, no matter how hard she tries to "sivilize" him. Besides, Huck always has the option of escape.

The book has been lambasted in recent years for its shocking language. But I think it is important to understand that Twain was simply being honest and faithful to the dialect, language, and social sensibility of the times. It would be unfair (and a mistake) to apply present day sensibilities and standards of political correctness (well intended or not) to this book. The language may seem harsh but it should seem harsh.
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This is the granddaddy of American literature. Mark Twain is an American icon. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn slyly purports to be a boys book about freedom on the river. It pretends to have no moral or motive at all. This is not so. Mark Twain, in spite his opening rebuke against anyone finding a meaning in the book, is seeking to make a statement. This is a polemic against the evils of slavery. I often felt that Huck Finn parallels Twains own youth. Huck grows to see Jim as a man and a friend. Twain came from a family which owned slaves but he himself came to be vehemently opposed to slavery. Huck Finn comes from a background where slavery is perfectly acceptable. The grand climax is when Huck decides he will go to Hell rather than let his friend be sold back into slavery. He continues to help Jim. This is an amazing tale although the ending is a bit anticlimactic. One is happy that Jim is free however. He emerges as the one true man and gentleman in the whole novel. This is one of the great underlying ironies of the novel. It is often overlooked due to the politically incorrect racial slurs. The slave is the man with the greatest dignity and integrity. It is unfortunate that this point is missed. Mark Twain wrote a masterpiece. The current controversy will eventually fade but The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will endure as one of the great works of American and World literature.
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By shsu2009 on September 24, 2012
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I completely agree with some of the reviewers postings about the fact that this book has been banned by some schools in the past and banned from communities in general, yes it can be racist but it is literary genius on Mark Twain's part by taking this touchy subject of racism and running with it. This is a story about a troubled boy who gets into all sorts of adventures, even with those of different races. Put aside race and open this book and read between the lines on what Mark Twain was actually trying to achieve. Huckleberry Finn has become a literary hero along with his friends in the story, and it is a well known book that should be read!
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is truly one of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend that before you read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn you read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, both written by author Mark Twain. Some people believe that both of these books should not be allowed to be read by elementary school kids. I think that anyone can read this book if they're mature enough to understand that back then slavery was allowed.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a realistic fiction book. The main characters are Huckleberry Finn, Jim the slave, the "Duke", the "King", and Tom Sawyer. Tom Sawyer is in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Huckleberry Finn is in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Huckleberry Finn is a 13 year old boy that lives in St. Petersburg, Missouri somewhere around 1835. Huckleberry does not have an easy life thanks to his drunken father who treats him terribly. One of the things that makes this book exciting is that Huck is often getting himself into trouble. A very important moral of the story is that slavery is not good and that everyone should be free. This is the moral because Huck tries to help Jim escape slavery. Jim and Huck travel down the Mississippi River toward Cairo, Illinois in an attempt to get to the Ohio River which will take them to the Free states.

Huck Finn tries to help Jim escape from slavery and get him to the Free states. Huck had a hard time in some of the book trying to decide if he should turn Jim in or not. He is a smart kid in some ways but, in others he's not too clever. He was raised thinking slavery is good and you shouldn't help slaves escape, this is why it's difficult for Huck to try and help Jim escape.
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