Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition includes a glossary and reader's notes to help the modern reader contend with Twain's language, allusions, and deliberate misstatements and malapropisms.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain's sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, became an instant success in the year of its publication, 1884, but was seen by some as unfit for children to read because of its language, grammar, and "uncivilized hero." The book has sparked controversy ever since, but most scholars continue to praise it as a modern masterpiece, an essential read, and one of the greatest novels in all of American literature.Twain's satiric treatment of racism, religious excess, and rural simplicity and his accuracy in presenting dialects mark Huck Finn as a classic. His unswerving confidence in Huck's wisdom and maturity, along with the well-rounded and sympathetic portrayal of Jim draw readers into the book, holding them until Huck's last words rejecting all attempts to "sivilize" him.
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Luke Daniel Book Review
Mr. Simmer 1st Period Honors English 10
H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was "the most stupendous event of my whole life". Ernest Hemingway stated that "all modern American literature stems from this one book," while T. S. Eliot called Huck "one of the permanent symbolic figures of fiction, not unworthy to take a place with Ulysses, Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, Hamlet.”
The book starts off where “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” left off. Huck is a self sufficient, superstitious, cunning boy who is forced to live a “proper life”. The book explains the troubles he went through, and is said to be “mostly true”, and that Huckleberry Finn was a real person. Huckleberry Finn goes through some struggles that we all face, and some that are extremely outlandish. The book is a pleasure to read, and reminds readers of their childhood, when daily tasks seemed like everyday adventures of a lifetime.
Mark Twain reverts back to his childhood along the Mississippi River when writing this book. Growing up, although he did share many similarities with Huckleberry Finn, he also utilized his amazing imagination to write the book, and the combination of childhood memories and imaginative qualities creates a feeling of nostalgia and excitement in the reader, as the reader recalls their own childhood.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would anyone who would like to read an exciting, American classic. Personally, I do not enjoy reading, but because of school I am forced to. This book is probably one of the best in my opinion, but I still would rather be doing just about anything else, such as hunting, fishing, and loving everyday (that’s a country song). If forced to read, I would read this book. I read it once before when i was younger, and enjoyed it very much. If it was up to me, I would not read anything that I do not have to read, but because of school and parents, who require me to participate in school, I read. I try to read books about things I enjoy, such as military books, books about aircraft, and other books as short as possible. To make a long story short, this book is good for outdoorsy type people.
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