Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (The Ignatius Critical Editions) Paperback – September 15, 2018
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- ASIN : 1586172964
- Publisher : Ignatius Press; First edition (September 15, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 424 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781586172961
- ISBN-13 : 978-1586172961
- Reading age : 8 years and up
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #182,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TLDR; The book is a classic for the ages, but the publishers botched the job
Jim is the story's most noble of character. Jim is a runaway slave. Jim is black. And, almost always, Jim is introduced by the N-word. A word that is so pejorative today, was surely not intended to be offensive when it was used to introduce kind, loyal, powerful and patient Jim. Today that N-word is only used as a disgusting insult. Hence schools are banning the reading of the book. In my view Mark Twain would understand and would support deleting the word completely or, perhaps, substituting something less hurtful. But, without the author's blessing, that would be considered destructive of literary authenticity.I will leave it to society to determine what should be done. I am glad I could just re-read the book after many years solely for my enjoyment, just as the author intended.
As I said, I read about Huck and Tom, long before I ever heard of the Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins, or any of the Fifties numerous Child's adventures. My first and second grade teachers have me good grades, besides notes on every report card, saying things like. " Herman doesn't like to participate in class, and seems to daydream a lot. Well, Duh, I was reading at a sixth-grade level before I ever heard of stupid " Dick and Jane", and their babyish buddy's.
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The loss of one star is for the Kindle version, which had an irritatingly large number of words joined together - e.g. 'I tellyouifI catchyoumeddlingwithhimagain' - which you become surprisingly quick at decoding but was a bit wearing.
If you've not read it - now's your chance.
My understanding is that this book was removed from being taught in school on the grounds of racism, which I find utterly bizarre. It is true that throughout the book slaves are referred to using the n***** word, which is obvious distasteful. But the book is a reflection of its time and this word is primarily used by white people to illustrate their bigotry and ignorance. Throughout the book slaves are portrayed as altruistic, considerate, warm-hearted and family orientated, whilst all the fraudsters and violent drunks, including Huck's father, are white.
That aside, this is a very funny book in which Huck gets into all kinds of scrapes along with Jim, a slave he is trying to free.
Personally I found Tom Sawyer the most engaging character despite his late appearance. Indeed, Tom and Huck as a double act come across as a childish precursor for the likes of Morecambe and Wise with Tom and as the daft Eric and Huck as the straighter Ernie.
I wonderfully entertaining and occasionally thought provoking read.