The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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Huckleberry Finn, rebel against school and church, casual inheritor of gold treasure, rafter of the Mississippi, and savior of Jim the runaway slave, is the archetypal American maverick.

Fleeing the respectable society that wants to "sivilize" him, Huck Finn shoves off with Jim on a rhapsodic raft journey down the Mississippi River. The two bind themselves to one another, becoming intimate friends and agreeing "there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft."

As Huck learns about love, responsibility, and morality, the trip becomes a metaphoric voyage through his own soul, culminating in the glorious moment when he decides to "go to hell" rather than return Jim to slavery.

Mark Twain defined classic as "a book which people praise and don't read"; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a happy exception to his own rule. Twain's mastery of dialect, coupled with his famous wit, has made Huckleberry Finn one of the most loved and distinctly American classics ever written.
 

About Mark Twain

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Samuel Langhorne Clemans, known to most as Mark Twain, has been hailed by many as the father of American Literature. His two most famous works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), are considered two of the greatest American novels of all time. Twain was born in Florida, Missouri on 30th November 1835. He grew up in the town of Hannibal on the Mississippi River, which would eventually serve as the basis for the place where Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn would live. Twain grew up in Missouri at a time when it was a slave state. After the American Civil War broke out, he became a strong supporter of emancipation, and staunchly believed that the slave trade should be abolished. Though he began as a comic writer, the tribulations he faced in his personal life perhaps served to turn him into a serious, even pessimistic, writer in his later years. He lost his wife and two daughters, and his ill-fated life never really allowed him to recover. Twain passed away in 1910, but he is still one of the best-loved writers around the world.
 
Published August 15, 1989 by Aerie. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Comics & Graphic Novels, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Arts & Photography, History, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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This slender graphic adaptation of the Great American Novel preserves some of Twain’s language, most of his plot and a good sense of his sardonic take on human society.

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Publishers Weekly

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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 ev

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The Guardian

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an amazing adventure book.

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Publishers Weekly

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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 ev

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Examiner

One of the first pieces of American literature to be classified within the United Statsian canon, this novel is rightfully deserving of its title as one of the “Great American Novels.” Told in the humorous (if a bit archaic) first-person prose of pre-adolescent Huck Finn, we follow this youngste...

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Suite 101

A series of classic stories illustrates the consequences of women who carry anima projections to please men.

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Common Sense Media

Tom Sawyer is often avoided, and has at times been banned from schools, because of Twain's use of the "N" word (which appears several times) and his derogatory portrayal of Native Americans in the form of the dangerous villain Injun Joe.

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Common Sense Media

Huck has been taught to be racist, too, but he overcomes this, even though he thinks doing so is wrong -- a clever approach that may be too sophisticated for some young readers to understand without help.

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Nights and Weekends

But its considerably larger and more ominous brother, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, on the other hand, had always been a “next book” for me, the one that hides in the far corner of your mind whenever you walk into a book store or the library and ask yourself that agonizing question, “what...

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Geeks of Doom

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as adapted by Eric Powell is more than just a newly illustrated accompaniment to Mark Twain’s classic novel.

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ParentMap

(See also our Q&A with Village Theatre artistic director Steve Tomkins.) Michael Chabon, writing in The Atlantic, on reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to his kids Bearing Blog: How Do You Read Huckleberry Finn to Children?

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