The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Intended at first as a simple story of a boy's adventures in the Mississippi Valley - a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - the book grew and matured under Twain's hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a century after its publication, the critical debate over the symbolic significance...


Details The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

TitleThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
ISBN9780142437179
Author
Release DateDec 31st, 2002
PublisherPenguin Classics
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages327 pages
GenreFiction, Classics, Historical Fiction, Literature, Young Adult, Adventure, Academic, School, Novels, American, Read For School
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Reviews The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • David
    2010-02-27
    After reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I realized that I had absolutely nothing to say about it. And yet here, as you see, I have elected to say it anyway, and at great length. Reading this novel now, at the age of mumble-mumble, is a bit like arriving at the circus after the tents have been packed, the bearded lady has been depilated, and the funnel cake trailers have been hitched to pick-up trucks and captained, like a formidable vending...
  • Nathan Eilers
    2008-11-11
    Hemingway said American fiction begins and ends with Huck Finn, and he's right. Twain's most famous novel is a tour de force. He delves into issues such as racism, friendship, war, religion, and freedom with an uncanny combination of lightheartedness and gravitas. There are several moments in the book that are hilarious, but when I finished the book, I knew I had read something profound. This is a book that everyone should read.
  • Matt
    2007-08-07
    "I about made up my mind to pray; and see if I couldn't try to quit being the kind of boy I was, and be better. So I kneeled down. But the words wouldn't come. Why wouldn't they? It warn't no use to try and hide it from Him. Nor from me, neither. I knowed very well why they wouldn't come. It was because my heart wasn't right; it was because I warn't square; it was because I was playing double. I was letting on to give up sin, but away inside of m...
  • Petra Eggs
    2008-06-13
    This is a rant. I found Huckleberry Finn on my bookshelf had been changed for Huckleberry Finn Robotic Edition. Some very pc "authors" and "editors" took it upon themselves to change the N word (view spoiler)[which I should like to write out in full but am afraid of falling foul of the ToS since it seems GR staff look out for things to pick on with me. I've just had a book review removed. I've previously had a Feedback thread deleted by mod Emily...
  • Evgeny
    2015-05-25
    Review updated on 16.02.2017.Ask any person anywhere in the world to give an example of a classic book of US literature and it is a safe bet this one will come out among the top three. The only reason I am going to mention the plot for such famous book is the fact that I always do it; I am not breaking my own tradition in this case. So an orphan boy and a runaway slave travel together in Southern US. One of the most interesting parts of the book ...
  • Ahmad Ebaid
    2014-02-03
    "وأيقنت ألا جدوى من إضاعة الوقت هباء, فأنت لا تستطيع أن تعلم زنجياً كيف يجادل. وعندئذ كففت عن الحديث" هاكلبري فين, بعد أن رفض الزنجي أن الاختلاف بين الأمريكي والفرنسي مثل الاختلاف بين القطة والبقرة إذا لم تستطع هذه الرواية أن توصل لك قيمة العلم والم...
  • Fabian
    2011-03-03
    THE Great American Novel? Well... No wonder the Spanish think themselves superior with their Quixote, undoubtedly a blueprint for this mischievous Every Boy. Huck Finn is the full embodiment of THE American Fantasy: mainly that dire misconception that the protagonist of the world is you and that everything gravitates around that essential nucleus. Everyone in town thinks Huck dead, and what does he do but follow the tradition of a plot folding un...
  • Madeline
    2012-11-19
    I had to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in middle school, and I fervently wish that they had made us read Huck Finn instead. I mean, I understand why they didn't (giving middle schoolers an excuse to throw around racial slurs in a classroom setting is just asking for a lawsuit from somebody's parents), but Huck Finn is better. It's smarter, it's funnier, and Huck's adventures stay with you a lot longer than Tom's, because Huck's experiences we...
  • Manny
    2008-11-21
    One of my absolute favourite books, which I have read multiple times. A major classic. If at all possible, get an edition with the original illustrations.___________________________________(Expanded review based on conversation with JORDAN)Here in Switzerland, l'affaire du mot N hasn't quite had the high profile it's received on its home territory. In fact, I'm embarrassed to admit that I hadn't even heard of it until Jordan gave me a few pointer...
  • Glenn Sumi
    2015-01-29
    Why have I never read Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn before? Was it Twain’s copious use of the N word? (I vaguely recall a primary school teacher abruptly halting a class read-aloud session, perhaps because of that.) Was it the air of earnest solemnity that surrounds so-called classics? Sheer laziness?No matter. I’ve read it now, and I’ll never be the same again. Hemingway was right when he said (and I’m paraphrasing) all American literat...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2008-06-07
    825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twainماجراهای هاکلبری فین - مارک تواین (خوارزمی) ادبیات نوجوانانعنوانها: هکلبری فین؛ برده فراری ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ سرگذشت هکلبری فین؛ هاکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ عنوان: هکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛...
  • Barry Pierce
    2011-02-03
    I really quite enjoyed this well-written satire of slavery-era America. I reads a lot like a Dickens novel, very episodic and with a youthful protagonist. I'll put aside the fact that Huck Finn may be the most annoying character in all of literature and say that this is a great American classic for a reason. It's captivating, it's funny, and it's never boring. While it may not have aged very well, it's still an important text that covers a time w...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    2016-11-13
    3.5"There warn't no home like a raft, after all."I mean, at the beginning there's a notice that reads "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot." How am I supposed not to fall in love, pray tell?This book swarms with key issues of Twain's -today's- America -world-, all properly backed up by irresistible ...
  • MCOH
    2009-03-06
    I had mixed feelings about this book.On the one hand, it's clear that Mark Twain was progressive for his day, satirizing the topsy-turvy morals of the slavery-era south. His heroes are two people at the bottom rung of the social ladder - a runaway slave, and the son of the town drunk. Though they're not valued by society, they turn out to be the two most honorable characters of the book. And I appreciated the questions it raised, about how we con...
  • MJ Nicholls
    2016-09-15
    Having never so much as fingertipped a Twain until this moment, in the last rattle of my twenties, this caustic racial satire packaged as a rootin’-tootin’ Boys Own romp proved a pleasant surprise, rather like some other late-in-the-game experiences in my life, such as listening to Tom Waits for the first time, discovering the movies of Werner Herzog, and having a proper relationship with a woman who turned out not to be an asexual narcissist...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2016-09-10
    More mature and longer than its cousin, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn remains an incredible kid's story of initiation and adventure. Yes, there is some racial stereotypes in the depiction of Jim, but let's give Mark Twain the benefit of the doubt that he is trying to tell a good story and is sympathetic to the anti-slavery movement. An amazing tale that has not aged a bit!
  • Brian
    2014-04-20
    2016 RE-READ11/13/16 UPDATE:I'm ready to move forward from the election. I believe an essential quality for victory includes using your brain. Sometimes emotion can invade and stifle brain function. Many Hilary supporters resort to violence and rape threats, the ideal reason I moved against Trump. I grow tired of hearing people complain and spread negativity. 11/9/16 UPDATE:Some may read the update below and find it odd I'm ashamed to be American...
  • Apatt
    2009-06-25
    Now, how in the nation is a body going to start this review? Well, I'll be ding-busted!I usually don’t like reading colloquial prose style, accented dialogue and dialects. All too often they require additional effort to decipher and are just plain irritating. However, I have to make an exception for Mark Twain because he does it better than anybody else I can think of. There is never any confusion about the meaning and his colloquial narrative ...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    2009-08-15
    Very funny children's book with great lessons. Great being an understatement.My earliest memory of this book was when I was in third year high school. My eldest brother who was already in college was vacationing at home. One day, he asked my other older brother who was in fourth year high school to read this book aloud to him. I think this was to coach my other older brother on his accent because he was to enter college in the city and join my el...
  • Ellie
    2013-07-04
    For some reason, I've delayed reading this book for many years. Actually, I started it a few times but couldn't get past the language-the use of the n-word and the dialect. This time I stuck it out and I'm so glad I did.Huck Finn is a combination boy's adventure story and biting social critique. Huck is an abused child who runs away with Jim, a slave. The outline of the story is probably known to everyone but the writing is vivid and the anxiety ...
  • Amanda NEVER MANDY
    2014-11-13
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer opened the door to this book, my favorite of the two. I’ve never been a fan of the leader of the pack, I’ve always been drawn to the quieter buddy. Not the buddy that blindly follows but the thinking man, the one that sits back to watch and learn from the things he sees before him.I adore Huck for how he handles the life lessons that have been dealt to him and those around him. At first he is afraid to stand on hi...
  • Alex
    2010-09-08
    Huck Finn is miles weightier than Tom Sawyer, and it's almost the Great American Novel it's called. Tom Sawyer was all fun and games - Don Quixote, as he points out himself, "all adventures and more adventures." Huck Finn's a different person; he's concerned with doing the right thing. He spends most of the novel helping a runaway slave escape, and he brilliantly represents a person judging the morals of society against the morals he's come up wi...
  • Gary the Bookworm
    2011-11-23
    I've read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn many times. First as a teenager, then as a young man in college and until last week, as a thirty-something adult. Each reading brought new insights about Twain's take on the American experience. He created unforgettable and timeless characters, the likes of whom still exist from sea to shining sea. Drifting down the Mississippi River with Huck and Jim is a sublime experience. Twain captures the natura...
  • Sue
    2010-04-26
    This was a wonderful experience, re-reading Huck's adventures after many years away from the book. On this second reading, so much spoke to me: the poetry in the descriptions of the time on the river, Twain's obvious love of his young character Huck Finn, the wonderful characters of all stripes and the picture of the time (with Twain's twist of course). Huck's struggles with what he perceives as right and wrong are so wonderfully written and, of ...
  • Mangy Cat
    2008-01-05
    Now, I'm not normally a fan of dialect, but I tell you, Mark Twain has given a fine example of the right way to do it. He is consistent in the spellings of the different words he uses and shows different ways of speaking for each of the characters. That is, they don't all sound alike. So it feels authentic. I really like that aspect. The language that Twain uses for Huck Finn's voice is absolutely delicious. It's so rich and wonderful you can cut...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2009-10-16
    A classic...if you look up classic in the dictionary there's a picture of this book.Okay, maybe not, a lot of dictionaries don't have pictures.The sheer volume of good things about this book defies a review. Humor, character development, intelligent crushing (yet understated) criticism of racism and the racial attitudes of the time... Recommended, highly.Update: By the way, there has been criticism of this book based on the use of certain words t...
  • Greg
    2008-03-28
    I remember being terribly bored by this book. I also remember having a very incompetent teacher in 10th grade English. Maybe if I re-read it I'd find it better. I doubt I'll re-read it though.
  • Eric
    2011-08-01
    I really liked parts of this book -- Huck's escape from his father, the floating house, the Grangerford-Shepherdson feud, the Royal Nonesuch, and meeting Colonel Sherburn. However, a Reason.com deconstruction better explains how I felt about the end than I could:So what's the problem? Only this: Twain's acknowledged masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, inspires almost universal ambivalence among its biggest fans. "It's the best book w...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    2011-09-23
    Although a sort of sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, this is a much better novel. I first read it in translation as a pre-teen; then had to study it in the ninth grade. I remember that this was the only text that whole class (well, the boys, anyway) enjoyed: most of time we were roaring with laughter. (There was one boy who came from a broken home and was permanently on the run from his tyrant of a father - he was immediately dubbed Huck Fi...
  • Наталия Янева
    2013-09-10
    Славен момък е тоя Хъкълбери Фин, честно слово! Ако не вярвате, питайте мистър Марк Твен, той ще ви каже...„Приключенията на Хъкълбери Фин“ четох в превод от 65-та година. Чудесно придава атмосферата на по-миналия век в САЩ. Не зная дали съвременен п...