Finn

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Center Point Pub., 2007 - Fiction - 398 pages
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In this masterful debut by a major new voice in fiction, Jon Clinch takes us on a journey into the history and heart of one of American literature's most brutal and mysterious figures: Huckleberry Finn's father. The result is a deeply original tour de force that springs from Twain's classic novel but takes on a fully realized life of its own.
"Finn" sets a tragic figure loose in a landscape at once familiar and mythic. It begins and ends with a lifeless body-flayed and stripped of all identifying marks-drifting down the Mississippi. The circumstances of the murder, and the secret of the victim's identity, shape Finn's story as they will shape his life and his death.
Along the way Clinch introduces a cast of unforgettable characters: Finn's terrifying father, known only as the Judge; his sickly, sycophantic brother, Will; blind Bliss, a secretive moonshiner; the strong and quick-witted Mary, a stolen slave who becomes Finn's mistress; and of course young Huck himself. In daring to re-create Huck for a new generation, Clinch gives us a living boy in all his human complexity-not an icon, not a myth, but a real child facing vast possibilities in a world alternately dangerous and bright.
"Finn "is a novel about race; about paternity in its many guises; about the shame of a nation recapitulated by the shame of one absolutely unforgettable family. Above all, Finn reaches back into the darkest waters of America's past to fashion something compelling, fearless, and new.

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User Review  - borbet - LibraryThing

A revisiting of the world of Huck Finn. The lyrical writing would seem to be at odds with the portayal of Pap Finn, a man of brutish nature and actions, but it works. This dichotomy is set up from the ... Read full review

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User Review  - darcy36 - LibraryThing

The book dovetails nicely with Huck's original story. It fully develops Huck's father, a minor character in Twain's story. It doesn't make him any more likeable than he is in Huckleberry Finn, but you ... Read full review

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