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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: The only authoritative text based on the complete, original manuscript (Mark Twain Library) Paperback – August 10, 2010
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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 alternate Paperback edition.
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 an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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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