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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today''s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader''s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader''s understanding of these enduring works. " Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the only one of Mark Twain''s various books which can be called a masterpiece. I do not suggest that it is his only book of permanent interest; but it is the only one in which his genius is completely realized, and the only one which creates its own category." T. S. Eliot 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 archetypical 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"; Huckleberry Finn is a happy exception to his own rule. Twain''s mastery of dialect, coupled with his famous wit, has made Adventures of Huckleberry Finn one of the most loved and distinctly American classics ever written.

Nominated for a Grammy for his work as co-producer of the five-CD box set The Jazz Singers (1998), Robert O''Meally is Zora Neale Hurston Professor of Literature at Columbia University and Director of Columbia University''s Center for Jazz Studies. He is the principal writer of Seeing Jazz (1997), the catalogue for the Smithsonian''s exhibit on jazz and literature, and the co-editor of The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (1996).

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004
ISBN: 9781593081126
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: O'Meally, Robert G. 1948-
Alternative Title: Huckleberry Finn


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Nov 10, 2020

The novel “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is a 18th century American-South classic. It is about Huckleberry Finn, the main character in the story and his adventure in and effort on escaping the orphanage he is in and escaping his drunken dad. This story takes place in Mississippi and the surrounding areas of the U.S.A. Since it was written in the 19th century and uses old southern slang as text/dialogue for the story, it is a bit hard to understand since it is so different from what modern day text is like. The author of the book, Mark Twain is a very popular author and a lot of his books ahem to do with the culture of the south. Overall, Huckleberry’s Finns immaturity due to his age gets him into a lot of trouble because he does not think about the decisions he is making and is what the plot is mostly based on. I would give this book a 5/10 since it was hard to understand and they were a lot of confusing parts that did not have to be included in the novel. @Sportsreader03 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 29, 2020

I read this book four times a day for the four years that I taught 9th-grade high schoolers in the seventies. I read it again this year for my parish book club. It gets better every time. Pap cussin' out the guv'ment, the Duke and the Dauphin fleecing the hicks, the feuds and the prejudices---Huck's trip down the river is a view of our society that changed only a little over the last century.

This is it: the Great American Novel. Look no further.

LPL_IanS Aug 13, 2019

Here’s an iconic mid 19th century book set on the Mississippi River with cringeworthy language and racial baggage to match. It’s the story of an ignorant boy slowly overcoming his wicked upbringing by getting to know and love a runaway slave. Maddeningly problematic, it also can be quite funny.

Read if you like: adventure stories, over the top comedy, reading “the classics,” historical fiction

Jul 29, 2019

In the Missouri river town where he lives, Huck Finn doesn't really fit in. His abusive drunk of a father is rarely around (arguably a good thing), and had the Widow Douglas not taken him in he'd have nowhere to live at all. The widow naturally aims to civilize him, forcing Huck to attend school, use good manners and learn his catechisms. Through a series of unexpected events he instead finds himself riding a raft down the Mississippi River, accompanied by Jim, an enslaved man making his break for freedom.

I first read this classic tale of adventure as assigned reading in (I think?) tenth grade. On this second read-through several of the scenes felt familiar, but many more did not. If you, as a 21st-century reader, can get past the problematic and extremely uncomfortable language throughout, it remains a highly entertaining and humorous story of adventure, danger, subterfuge, cunning and faking one's own death. For me, it also earns extra points for providing a handful of laugh-out-loud moments (e.g., the scene in which eleven dogs suddenly come barreling out from under Jim's bed). I also liked that I really had to scratch my head to parse some of the dialects spoken.

Feb 02, 2019

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is another classic American novel written by Mark Twain, which continues on from where his previous book on Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn left off. However, as the title suggests, the main character of this book is Huck, and not Tom. In this novel, Huck is left under the care of the Widow Douglas. But, after his abusive father comes back into his life and mistreats him, Huck decides to fake his own death and run away. Soon after, he befriends Jim and the two share many adventures across their travels where they meet more characters. This plot of this book and the events that take place are a lot more complicated than the previous book. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing as the plot can still be followed, and there is more suspense as readers are unsure of what will happen next. I would rate this book as 4.5 stars.
@Riveting_Reviews of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Oct 27, 2018

Visited Mark Twain's home in CT on our way to tour Civil War battle sites. Realizing Huck befriends Jim, a runaway slave, my interest is peaked to have a look back in time. Befriending Jim seems easy as he is so likable. Use of the N word is a downer. I took it all in stride as this is a book out of 1800s Enjoyed sounding out the dialogue, great writing by M Twain!

Jul 18, 2018

Lurking under the fun and surprisingly lyrical writing about nature is a reminder (the book was written 20 years after the Civil War) of how immoral slavery was.

Nov 28, 2017

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn can be used as a refreshing and humorous read, but is also a novel that displays great depth in character and story. However, it is worth mentioning that the literature, slang, and thick accent used can be difficult to portray or read.

The book is about a young 12-14 year old boy that explores the social aspects and adventures that exist in a 1830's Mississippi environment. Huckleberry Finn runs away from home and meets up with a runaway slave named Jim. The novel explores the racial interaction that Huck struggles with Jim and how his conscience feels about it. When reading, it becomes apparent that Huck is battling with his own conscience against what is right in the society's view. There is also religion involved in the story and it effects the way Huck thinks. Despite running away, he continues to run into many of the same issues that he had at home.

I would highly recommend The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to anyone looking for an enjoyable and comedic, but also a meaningful novel full with layers of worthwhile thinking. I give The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn an 8.5/10.

CarleeMcDot Oct 19, 2017

Since I finished Sourdough on the flight to Chicago, I needed another book to get me through my flight home. While exploring the city, I stopped into a used book store and looked through some options. This was one I hadn't read before, so I picked it up. I have to say, it wasn't as quick of a read as I was expecting, but I think that is due to the dialect... Normally I am a pretty fast reader, but I really had to think about each word individually rather than them naturally flowing together so it took a little more brain power. It was still a great read. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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Jan 06, 2016

Violence: Murder, beatings and torture. Child abuse and slavery are topics throughout the novel.

Jan 28, 2015

Coarse Language: swear words and inappropriate language

Sangkari_29 Apr 27, 2012

Coarse Language: There is some inappropriate words such as ; nigger

Sangkari_29 Apr 27, 2012

Other: Racism


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Jul 30, 2012

"You don't know about me, without you have a read a book by the name of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but lies, one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybe Mary. Aunt Polly - Tom's Aunt Polly, she it - and Mary, and the Widow Douglas, is all told about in that book - which is mostly a true book; with some stretchers, as I said before."

Jul 29, 2012

"Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative with be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot."
By Order of the Author
per G.G., Chief of Ordnance.

Madymino Jul 01, 2012

"Now, we'll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer's Gang. Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath, and write his name in blood." -Tom Sawyer


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nmukhammad Aug 19, 2014

Huck is none too thrilled with his new life of cleanliness, manners, church, and school. However, he sticks it out at the bequest of Tom Sawyer, who tells him that in order to take part in Tom’s new “robbers’ gang,” Huck must stay “respectable.” All is well and good until Huck’s brutish, drunken father, Pap, reappears in town and demands Huck’s money. The local judge, Judge Thatcher, and the Widow try to get legal custody of Huck, but another well-intentioned new judge in town believes in the rights of Huck’s natural father and even takes the old drunk into his own home in an attempt to reform him. This effort fails miserably, and Pap soon returns to his old ways. He hangs around town for several months, harassing his son, who in the meantime has learned to read and to tolerate the Widow’s attempts to improve him. Finally, outraged when the Widow Douglas warns him to stay away from her house, Pap kidnaps Huck and holds him in a cabin across the river from St. Petersburg.........

Sangkari_29 Apr 27, 2012

A boy named Huck leaves his village making his father(who is trying to take money of him), The old man 9 who is meant to be his guardian). think that he is dead. He goes to an island and stays therer while he realizes a man named Jim(he is Mrs Watsons servant) is staying there too.

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