Item description for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Penguin Classics) by Mark Twain, John Seelye & Guy Cardwell...
Overview A feisty young boy fakes his own death to escape his abusive father and heads off down the Mississippi River with his newfound friend Jim, a runaway slave.
"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called "Hucklberry Finn."" (Ernest Heminway) 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 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 of Huck's and Jim's voyage is still fresh, and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels: as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by John Seelye, author of "The True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," and explanatory notes by Guy Cardwell.
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Studio: Penguin Classics
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2003
Publisher Penguin Classics
ISBN 0142437174 ISBN13 9780142437179 UPC 051488006008
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More About Mark Twain, John Seelye & Guy Cardwell
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, led one of the most exciting of literary lives. Raised in the river town of Hannibal, Missouri, Twain had to leave school at age 12 and was successively a journeyman printer, a steamboat pilot, a halfhearted Confederate soldier, and a prospector, miner, and reporter in the western territories. His experiences furnished him with a wide knowledge of humanity, as well as with the perfect grasp of local customs and speech which manifests itself in his writing. With the publication in 1865 of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Twain gained national attention as a frontier humorist, and the bestselling Innocents Abroad solidified his fame. But it wasn't until Life on the Mississippi (1883), and finally, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), that he was recognized by the literary establishment as one of the greatest writers America would ever produce. Toward the end of his life, plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Twain grew more and more pessimistic--an outlook not alleviated by his natural skepticism and sarcasm. Though his fame continued to widen--Yale & Oxford awarded him honorary degrees--Twain spent his last years in gloom and exasperation, writing fables about "the damned human race."
Mark Twain lived in Hannibal, in the state of Missouri. Mark Twain was born in 1835 and died in 1910.
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An Enjoying Read with Deep Ideas Jan 22, 2008
Adventure of Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful book that blends entertainment and philosophy in an easy to read package. While this book can be fully enjoyed for its plot and story, the book shines for its ideas on morality as it is seen through the eyes of a teenage boy.
Twain is an abolitionist, a proponent of anti- slavery and equality. Creating the character of Huck, Twain has injected his own ideas about slavery in the south into this novel. He presents his own ideas about morality though this young, and rather naïve, teenage boy and his travels throughout a corrupt world. Everywhere he turns, he is greeted by an act of indecency. By leaving his home and traveling aboard, Huck matures every time he experiences an act of human kindness or malevolence. Huck struggles to understand what is right or wrong when his southern upbringing contradicts his own personal morals. At the end, Huck has learned and experienced enough to develop his own set of morals and help a fugitive slave escape, even though his action is an outcry towards southern values. Twain's novel is more than a story about a young boy on his wild adventures; instead it is a story of his growth.
As irrelevant as it is to make comparisons, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a much darker book in comparison to Tom Sawyer. Huckleberry Finn contains countless lines of humor and satire but its overall ideas are deeper and gloomier as they concern human morality, especially in the context of slavery. While both are extremely enjoyable reads, Huckleberry Finn contains theological elements that make it a more serious book. Nevertheless, Twain's trademark humor and style are easily identified as he flawless weaves them together with the deeper elements within the book.
A true American masterpiece Jan 5, 2008
This book has the reputation in some quarters as the greatest American novel, and now that I have finally read it, I can see why. Mark Twain's great achievement is to write a story that is so thrilling, engaging and, at times, laugh out loud funny, yet can also be appreciated on a very deep level.
Huck Finn resists being "civilized," but he proves to have a practical intelligence and an innate moral sense that is superior to that of the civilized and educated society that he stands outside of. This is most powerfully represented by Huck's friendship with the runaway slave Jim. Even though he believes, along with the rest of white society at that time, that he is doing the wrong thing by helping Jim escape, he cannot turn his back on a friend and decides that he would rather be "bad" than betray his trust. They are joined for a time by a pair of con men who are terribly cultured (or at least do a good job of faking it), and Huck is deeply impressed by them until he begins to realize the full extent of the harm they cause. This is also the funniest part of the book. The last section, in which Tom Sawyer reappears, slows things down a bit, but here, too, we see Huck's superiority. Tom is an eternal boy, always looking for games and adventure. For reasons I won't reveal here, we learn at the end of the book that Tom has inadvertently been quite cruel to Jim because of this never-ending search for excitement, and that Huck would have done better to obey his own inclinations rather than follow the lead of the friend he idolized.
As in "Tom Sawyer," Twain presents a fascinating and detailed picture of life on the Mississippi before the Civil War. He makes it easy for us to immerse ourselves in Huck's world. Very highly recommended.
Better than Tom Sawyer Jul 15, 2007
I enjoyed this book more than Tom Sawyer because it seemed to flow better and was more interesting. I agree with another reviewer who pointed out how the story seemed to stall after Tom enters the scene. It is still worth reading and as entertaining as Tom Sawyer.
An adventurous novel, my favorite book! Jun 12, 2007
Witness Huck's transformation into maturity, through reading this captivating book that preaches independence and loyalty. Huck's dedication to his friend, Jim, is truly touching and serves as an inspiration to all! Since the beginning of Huck's journey, Huck is living on his own without real adult supervision for the first time. He escapes from the custody of his abusive and manipulative father, and runs into Jim, who becomes a father figure to Huck later on in the story. Along with this "independence" Huck is forced to make his own decisions, which Huck first derives from the racist thoughts he had learned growing up, which he was having problems applying to his new African American, and escaped slave, friend. As Huck sees the cruelties of the world, where the white race call African Americans "niggers" and when the life of a slave is not valued, he eventually decides that what he was taught as a young child, no longer applied to the circumstances that he now lived in. As a reader, we can read and marvel at the brave adventures that Huck takes on and acknowledge him for his independent thinking! Huck's refusal to give up their friendship and trust, and the knowledge and wisdom that Huck gained should be envied by everyone. Therefore, Huck is an inspiration for courageously breaking away from the negative views of society by upholding honor and establishing his individuality. Don't miss out on a book that can change your own outlook on life, learn the positive impact your decisions can make on the world!
a shame Mar 30, 2007
This classic was truly a disappointment in my eyes, because not only was the storyline chopped up and completely random, Twain's writing style made me put my book down at numeriosu times throughout the book, unable to fathom why anyone would want to go through the same pain and suffering as i did.
The first thing you notice about the novel is that loosely related events follow one after another, in such randomness that I spent half the time not reading, but deciphering the "code". set in the late 1800s, this book does give a somewhat accurate view of southern society and segregation, as portrayed by Jim. That's where the good stuff ends, i'm afraid. Twain's writing style makes this almost impossible to read, by including either an overabundance of detailed description or none at all, thereby making this almost like a fun puzzle, in which you try to piece the different parts together without any instruction. Twain surely does not assist the reader in understanding what he has to say, but instead, makes everything utterly unfathomable.