The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Mark Twain's tale of a boy's picaresque journey down the Mississippi on a raft conveyed the voice and experience of the American frontier as no other work had done before. When Huck escapes from his drunken father and the 'sivilizing' Widow Douglas with the runaway slave Jim, he embarks on a series of adventures that draw him to feuding families and the trickery of the unscrupulous 'Duke' and 'Dauphin'. Beneath the exploits, however, are more serious undercurrents--of slavery, adult control and, above all, of Huck's struggle between his instinctive goodness and the corrupt values of society, which threaten his deep and enduring friendship with Jim.
Publisher: London : Penguin Classics, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780141199573
0141199571
Branch Call Number: CF TWAIN
Characteristics: 393 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Coveney, Peter

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Children's classic for middle grade and teens originally published in 1884.

Re-reading this one in my 30s was much more rewarding and enjoyable than when I was forced to read it in high school.

One of the first classics I ever read. A story with something for everyone: humor, adventure, friendship, and moral challenges.


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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

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ryner
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.

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cgromano
Mar 01, 2019

Sequil to Tom sawyer

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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peacebenow
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!

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patcarstensen
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.

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refoster
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.

Using the semi-literate Huck to narrate this tale is very effective at leading to the conclusion that even an unschooled child can reach the conclusion that owning another person is not right or fair. The only problem is that in order to use this tool, the readers are forced to read a whole novel written in the style of an illiterate river boy with entire paragraphs by an even more illiterate slave. If you can endure the slang and language it is a wonderful story, just hard to read.

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vv19
Jan 06, 2016

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

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jaedlcjsdl
Jan 28, 2015

Coarse Language: swear words and inappropriate language

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Sangkari_29
Apr 27, 2012

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

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Sangkari_29
Apr 27, 2012

Other: Racism

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Eithelen
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."
-Opening

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Eithelen
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.........

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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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