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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain

Action, adventure and romance

Published in 1884, and considered one of the great American novels, the story of Huck Finn’s adventures on the Mississippi and much more  – blurb to follow


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5 comments on “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  1. Annabel Pickstone says:

    I have not read this yet, but it is one of my favorite DVDs to watch. I watch it with my Daddy, Muff- Potter is not very nice. I like it when he jumps out of the window in court.

  2. mrothwellstopps says:

    He is so brave …….

  3. Mr Milne says:

    Very often, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is described as one of the ‘great American novels’. I think there are perhaps two main reasons. First, it is a big, sweeping story that describes a period of America’s history (set around 1850), satirising (making fun of) social – especially racist – attitudes of the time. The friendship between Huck and Jim, and their shared adventures, is one of the greatest in literature. Second, the book paints a lyrical, colourful, unforgettable and romantic picture of the Mississippi river (on which much of the story is set). The Mississippi is one of America’s great rivers, and plays an important part of America’s history. (Slaves were traded along the river. This is where the phrase ‘sold down the river,’ meaning betrayed or cheated, comes from – slaves were sold ‘down the river’ to the big slave market in New Orleans, where the Mississippi meets the sea). In the novel, the river embodies ideas of escape and freedom and adventure as Huck and Jim experience wild adventures on their ramshackle raft. The book contains language that was commonplace when it was written but which would not be used today – in particular, the word ‘nigger’ is used throughout to describe dark-skinned people. (The book is set in the south of America 20 years before the American Civil War was fought over slavery and it would be surprising if the characters had not used this term when they spoke.) I don’t think that the word should be removed from a masterpiece such as Huck Finn that is plainly anti-racist and is considered to have played a role in changing attitudes in America to race. Some people say that the last section of the book (when Jim is resold into slavery) becomes a little farcical and is not as good as the rest and I think I agree with that.

  4. akeigher says:

    I liked reading this book in class by myself My favorite part is when he sets off on the Mississippi

  5. abrooks says:

    this a great book i love how he is so brave