The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Posted July 1, 2015 by Amber in Reviews / 1 Comment

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Series: The Adventures of Tom and Huck #2
Publisher: Chatto & Windus on December 10, 1884
Genre: Adventure, Classics, Historical Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: ★★★★

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Huck is a young, naive white boy fleeing from his drunken, dangerous Pa and Jim is a runaway slave longing to be reunited with his family. Flung together by circumstance, they journey down the Mississippi together on a log raft, each in search of his own definition of freedom. Their daring adventures along the way provide both entertainment and a satirical look at the moral values of the Deep South of the 1800s.

 

The last time I read this book was in high school, sophomore year, as part of the English curriculum. I didn’t remember not liking it so I thought, shoot, I’ll read it again. And what fun it is! I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (though I know enough about it; Mark Twain is so ingrained in our culture), though I certainly will.

Twain, through Huck, paints the most blatantly honest view of people, from his abusive, greedy Pap to the sad, deceased Emmeline Grangerford. He’s a sweet boy, and it’s such fun to go down the Mississippi on his raft with himself and Jim.

Like anything of this era, it’s incredibly important to remember that Huck Finn is a product of his times and while the view of the world has changed, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a notorious banned book, we should not hide literature away in a cupboard because of the world which produced it. I have similar feelings to this novel as I do Gone With the Wind, because of its racist sentiments, but one absolutely cannot let this ruin the book, as when it was written, this would have been even controversially abolitionist. Just food for thought.

To sum up, I just want to add that Tom and Jim’s discourse about the necessities of prisonerhood and the need to keep a pet rattlesnake and so forth had me all but laughing out loud in the middle of my quiet office as I listened to the audiobook. That, and Elijah Wood does a recording through Audible that is absolutely sublime.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★ 1/2
Narrator: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★

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