Monday, January 18, 2010

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

This is an okay book written by Mark Twain. Huck Finn is now living with Widow Douglas, who is trying to educate and civilize him. His drunkard father returns to town and regains custody of the boy. When Huck feels threatened by his father, he fakes his own abduction to run away. He meets the slave Jim who is also on the run. While rafting down the Mississippi River, they meet a variety of people and have some exciting adventures.

It was first published in 1884. It is one of the earliest major American novels to be written with a localized dialect. The novel is considered a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. His manuscript was the first to be delivered to the printer in a typewritten format. Critics have attacked the book as racist, because of the excessive use of the "n-word", but actually Twain was trying to show that racial prejudice is wrong and that blacks have the same human emotions as everybody.


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