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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics)
 
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Mark Twain
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January 7, 1986 0140390464 978-0140390469 Revised 10 and up 5 and up
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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Amazon.com Review

Mark Twain's classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, tells the story of a teenaged misfit who finds himself floating on a raft down the Mississippi River with an escaping slave, Jim. In the course of their perilous journey, Huck and Jim meet adventure, danger, and a cast of characters who are sometimes menacing and often hilarious.

Though some of the situations in Huckleberry Finn are funny in themselves (the cockeyed Shakespeare production in Chapter 21 leaps instantly to mind), this book's humor is found mostly in Huck's unique worldview and his way of expressing himself. Describing his brief sojourn with the Widow Douglas after she adopts him, Huck says: "After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people." Underlying Twain's good humor is a dark subcurrent of Antebellum cruelty and injustice that makes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn a frequently funny book with a serious message.

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 Digital edition.

Product details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (January 7, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140390464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140390469
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,378 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,583,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars STAY AWAY - NOT A REAL BOOK November 10, 2016
By Matt
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DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. I don't even know how to describe it, it's not a real book, like a homemade bootlegged copy someone printed with tiny print. There is no title page, no copyright page, no table of contents, no writing on the spine, no illustrations, nothing but tiny print and excessively large margins. 4 books are crammed into one with no separation between them. I just opened it and am going to initiate a return immediately. If you look at all the positive reviews, they are for the kindle addition, NOT the paperback. I love Tom Sawyer as much as anyone but you'll have to find another version of this classic story, do NOT buy this one.
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94 of 100 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is an abridged version of these books. October 15, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read both books in high school and wanted to re-read them. I thought this would be a good deal, and convenient because both books were bound in one. However, after I received my copy, I realized that this book is too short to contain the full original text of both novels. I emailed the publisher and was told this is an abridged version of the books.

If you are looking for an unabridged version, this is not for you. I checked carefully, and did not find any indication on the book that this is an abridged version of the original novels (which is why I emailed the publisher to ask).

To be clear, I think both books are good, and are certainly worth reading at least once. I prefer unabridged versions of books, especially of American classics. As such, I returned this book to Amazon and will be purchasing the unabridged versions of these books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition is very badly implemented July 21, 2015
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This is NOT a review of Twain's book. It's a review of the Kindle edition.

The table of contents is useless. This may seem like a minor quibble but it isn't, not when you're reading a Kindle edition. You need to be able to navigate the book easily, and that's just impossible with this edition. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has 43 chapters. Yet none of the chapters appear in the table of contents. Here are the first four entries in the table of contents:

1. Introduction by John Seelye
2. Suggestions for Further Reading
3. A Note on the Text
4. Appendix: The Raft Episode

Whoever put the Kindle edition decided to insert the entire text of the novel, all 43 chapters as well as a couple of prefatory bits, right after "A Note on the Text." In other words, for the entire length of the novel, your Kindle will think you are reading "A Note on the Text." This makes the reading-progress features useless, prevents chapter-by-chapter navigation on the older Kindle Keyboard, and makes finding or going to an individual chapter on touchscreen Kindles absurdly cumbersome. In contrast, free public-domain Kindle edition has a proper, functional table of contents.

Also, while this is supposedly an "enriched ebook," the so-called enrichments are mostly as worthless as the extras that typically pad a movie DVD. Plus, one of the included collections of photographs appears under the wrong entry in the table of contents.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This novel should be read by every person on Earth. The story of a young boy in Middle America at a pretty peaceful and settled agrarian time. Tom's story is that of every boy of that age, no matter where that boy, who has now become a man, lives. He may not whitewash a fence, or run away to play pirates, but all the little things that Tom enjoys and experiences, we all have or wish we had. Please don't stop at seeing the many remakes of this book at the movies. Experience the fun, love and excitement of Tom as he experiences his young life. I would recommend The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to everyone from the ages of about twelve years to old folks like me. It is fun, entertaining and enduring. Enjoy this novel by the genius of Mark Twain. David G. Parsons
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198 of 206 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge this book by it's cover! February 15, 2011
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This review applies specifically to the April 2010, Sterling Edition, illustrated by Robert Ingpen:
I'm beginning to feel quite frustrated with the limited publishing information given to books on Amazon. For example, most books where you may click to "look inside" will default to the most common paperback. For books like Tom Sawyer, that is fine if you need the book for high school English class, where any copy cheap enough to write notes in the margins will do. I wanted a copy of Tom Sawyer to keep and love. I saw this publication on Amazon, but it had so little info and the one review given was a single sentence about the general value of Twain's story. The truth is, one doesn't buy this particular printing unless one is already convinced of it's literary excellency! So I am about to do Amazon a huge favor by telling you what it didn't tell me. For about $15, the asking price at the time of this review, you can invest in a real treat for your self or someone you love and wish to inspire.
This printing was meant to mark the one hundredth anniversary of Twain's death (2010). The story is unabridged, provided in full original text. It is positively rich with watercolor illustrations by Robert Ingpen. I just skimmed through the book looking for one that I especially liked, but I couldn't pick just one. In design, they are exactly as I would have dreamed them to be. Barefoot Tom, balancing a piece of straw on his nose, Huck Finn with a dead cat, Tom and puppy in church, Injun Joe- terrifying....each one pulls me in to read the text. The fabulous, wrapping cover art is also printed at the end of the book, so won't be lost if the dust jacket is damaged.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed the old time language
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Classic
Published 2 days ago by AllisonD
5.0 out of 5 stars 👍🏻
Haven't read them yet, but I'm sure I will like them because Mark Twain is incredibly entertaining for a dead guy.
Published 2 days ago by M. Waters
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic obviously. The use of the "N" word ...
A classic obviously. The use of the "N" word made reading it to my son difficult.
Published 2 days ago by Vincent Starace
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's Mark Twain. You should have already read this. 😂
Published 3 days ago by Tawni B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Twain rules!
The wonderful classic I remembered.
Published 3 days ago by L'Omar's Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Am American classic. I read it in high school many years ago and just wanted to revisit it.
Published 4 days ago by walter engdahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read. No longer politically correct
Fun read. No longer politically correct, but appropriate for its time. Be sure to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which is an extension of this book.
Published 4 days ago by David S Bartolf
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD IF YOU STICK WITH IT WORTH IT
WOW LIFE CHAINING ........VERY GOOD IF YOU STICK WITH IT WORTH IT
Published 4 days ago by Karen Mathews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was was a great book
It was interesting book,and I liked it .It was scary to.It was very funny.I really liked the book,but it could have had pictures,but still I don't care. Read more
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