- Series: Norton Critical Editions
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 3 edition (December 17, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393966402
- ISBN-13: 978-0870865046
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,212 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition 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 the Kindle Edition edition.
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My son really enjoyed the book. We live near Hannibal so it spurred a trip to see all of the famous Twain sights. I know the book has fallen out of favor with many school districts because of its racial language in describing Jim. If this is a problem there are many websites that explore the relationship of Jim and Huckleberry Finn. The story in essence provides a realistic account of early American river town thoughts and language. Should continue to be read by everyone.
I reread the book on a Kindle. I know some of the vocabulary was dialect, but was disappointed at the dictionary's telling me several times that it had no listing for the word I'd selected.
Bottom line: Everyone should read this novel as a teenager and as a mature adult. There's much to learn! Besides, Mark Twain has a wonderful sense of humor.
After years of buying copies of the Bantam Classic paperback edition for use in the classroom, and then buying new copies every few years to replace them; it made sense to upgrade to a hardcover edition.
While Dover Publications is known for it's economically priced paperbacks, this is a durable hardcover alternative. The binding is stitched and glued. A heavy binders board is used with a clothbound cover. It uses a heavy stock paper. All 174 of E.W. Kemble's original illustrations are reproduced. And an easy to read 12 point serif type is used.
This is an unabridged republication of the 1885 edition published by Charles L. Webster and Co. (The publishing house founded by Mark Twain in 1884.) When I first purchased these five years ago, I paid only ten dollars per copy. (The current Bantam paperback is $5.95.) While this was several times what the Bantam paperback cost at the time, it more than makes up for it in endurance. Five years on, my copies are still in near mint condition.
This is a novel that every student should read before graduating from high school, and this edition makes an excellent version to choose. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED