Huckleberry Finn

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Courier Corporation, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 60 pages
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Chafed by the 'sivilized' restrictions of his foster home, and weary of his drunkard father's brutality, Huck Finn fakes his own death and sets off on a raft down the Mississipi River. He is soon joined by Jim, an escaped slave. Together, they experience a series of rollicking adventures that have amused readers, young and old, for over a century. The fugitives become close friends and enjoyed their independence.But their peaceful existence comes to an abrupt end with the appearance of an incorrigible pair of con artists who take over the raft . After many difficulties, Huck and Jim escape their tormentors , and with the help of an imaginative rescue by Huck's old friend Tom Sawyer, Jim gains his freedom.

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Google books will take a while to get used to. This book is listed as "Juvenile Fiction" and although I first read it when I was 14 or so, it was not until I was in my mid-twenties until I fully understood about half of it. Mark Twain was a great American Humorist and a great American Moralist. He made slavery, lynchings, carpetbagging, abusive parents and homicidal feuding thought-provoking and funny, sometimes in the laugh-out-loud kind of way and other times in the Oh-my-effing-god kind of way. The book itself is better than "Tom Sawyer" and can be appreciated more if you also read "Life on the Mississippi. The Big River was not always the gently flowing old man of Broadway plays. The Plot itself is so well known as to rehash it here, here is my two sentence summary: Huck escapes civilization with his slave buddy and finds redemption in his decision to burn forever in hell. Tom is nothing more than comic relief to this deeply agnostic but spiritual book.
I don't believe there has ever been an American Author quite like Mark Twain. I read Huckleberry Finn every couple of years and it still seems to me to have been written yesterday. Even his introduction is current and hilarious. The 1870 boys think like the 1970's boy that I was (okay, maybe 1960s).

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After the Civil War, Samuel Clemens (1835-1910) left his small town to seek work as a riverboat pilot. As Mark Twain, the Missouri native found his place in the world. Author, journalist, lecturer, wit, and sage, Twain created enduring works that have enlightened and amused readers of all ages for generations.

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