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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 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - the book grew and matured under Twain's hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a centur ...more
Paperback, 327 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by Penguin Classics (first published 1884)
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After reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I realized that I had absolutely nothing to say about it. And yet here, as you see, I have elected to say it anyway, and at great length.

Reading this novel now, at the age of mumble-mumble, is a bit like arriving at the circus after the tents have been packed, the bearded lady has been depilated, and the funnel cake trailers have been hitched to pick-up trucks and captained, like a formidable vending armada, toward the auburn sunset. All the fun has
Nathan Eilers
Jul 10, 2013 Nathan Eilers rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
Shelves: fiction
Hemingway said American fiction begins and ends with Huck Finn, and he's right. Twain's most famous novel is a tour de force. He delves into issues such as racism, friendship, war, religion, and freedom with an uncanny combination of lightheartedness and gravitas. There are several moments in the book that are hilarious, but when I finished the book, I knew I had read something profound. This is a book that everyone should read.
May 28, 2010 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those inclined to 'light out for the territory'
"I about made up my mind to pray; and see if I couldn't try to quit being the kind of boy I was, and be better. So I kneeled down. But the words wouldn't come. Why wouldn't they? It warn't no use to try and hide it from Him. Nor from me, neither. I knowed very well why they wouldn't come. It was because my heart wasn't right; it was because I warn't square; it was because I was playing double. I was letting on to give up sin, but away inside of me I was holding on to the biggest one of all. I wa ...more
One of my absolute favourite books, which I have read multiple times. A major classic. If at all possible, get an edition with the original illustrations.

(Expanded review based on conversation with JORDAN)

Here in Switzerland, l'affaire du mot N hasn't quite had the high profile it's received on its home territory. In fact, I'm embarrassed to admit that I hadn't even heard of it until Jordan gave me a few pointers earlier today. So, no doubt all this has been sa
I had to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in middle school, and I fervently wish that they had made us read Huck Finn instead. I mean, I understand why they didn't (giving middle schoolers an excuse to throw around racial slurs in a classroom setting is just asking for a lawsuit from somebody's parents), but Huck Finn is better. It's smarter, it's funnier, and Huck's adventures stay with you a lot longer than Tom's, because Huck's experiences were richer and more interesting, whereas The Advent ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 08, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
Very funny children's book with great lessons. Great being an understatement.

My earliest memory of this book was when I was in third year high school. My eldest brother who was already in college was vacationing at home. One day, he asked my other older brother who was in fourth year high school to read this book aloud to him. I think this was to coach my other older brother on his accent because he was to enter college in the city and join my eldest brother. People in our province pronounce wor
Gary  the Bookworm
I've read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn many times. First as a teenager, then as a young man in college and until last week, as a thirty-something adult. Each reading brought new insights about Twain's take on the American experience. He created unforgettable and timeless characters, the likes of whom still exist from sea to shining sea. Drifting down the Mississippi River with Huck and Jim is a sublime experience. Twain captures the natural beauty and serenity of the river and uses it as ...more
Huck Finn is miles weightier than Tom Sawyer, and it's almost the Great American Novel it's called. Tom Sawyer was all fun and games - Don Quixote, as he points out himself, "all adventures and more adventures." Huck Finn's a different person; he's concerned with doing the right thing. He spends most of the novel helping a runaway slave escape, and he brilliantly represents a person judging the morals of society against the morals he's come up with himself, and ending up in the right place. That ...more
I had mixed feelings about this book.

On the one hand, it's clear that Mark Twain was progressive for his day, satirizing the topsy-turvy morals of the slavery-era south. His heroes are two people at the bottom rung of the social ladder - a runaway slave, and the son of the town drunk. Though they're not valued by society, they turn out to be the two most honorable characters of the book. And I appreciated the questions it raised, about how we construct our own sense of morality in the context of
This was a wonderful experience, re-reading Huck's adventures after many years away from the book. On this second reading, so much spoke to me: the poetry in the descriptions of the time on the river, Twain's obvious love of his young character Huck Finn, the wonderful characters of all stripes and the picture of the time (with Twain's twist of course). Huck's struggles with what he perceives as right and wrong are so wonderfully written and, of course, so satirical for the reader, as he deals w ...more
Mangy Cat
Now, I'm not normally a fan of dialect, but I tell you, Mark Twain has given a fine example of the right way to do it. He is consistent in the spellings of the different words he uses and shows different ways of speaking for each of the characters. That is, they don't all sound alike. So it feels authentic. I really like that aspect. The language that Twain uses for Huck Finn's voice is absolutely delicious. It's so rich and wonderful you can cut it with a knife. He keeps up the quality of his m ...more
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn, thumbs up or thumbs down? I rated this novel with a thumbs down for several reasons. My reason consist of boring, difficult, and too much.

Starting off, I found this book boring. I just couldn't get into it. The parts about Miss Watson always telling Huck what to do, just didn't make me want to read more. Another part that i found boring was when Huck was supposed to run away. Instead he decided to play with his friends one last time. " Don't gap and stretch li
Twain, Mark. 1884. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

This was my first time to voluntarily read Huckleberry Finn. (Also my first time as an adult.) I think both of those are good reasons why I enjoyed this one so much. We first met the character of Huck Finn in Mark Twain's novel, Tom Sawyer. Sawyer makes for an entertaining narrator. All humor, little substance. But good fun. Finn, on the other hand, is a narrator with a bit more depth. (Okay a lot more depth.) The Adventures of Huckleberry Fi
A.J. Howard
Whether it's the gods smiling on me, blind coincidence, narcissism, or a combination of the three, world events sometimes have a way of coinciding with whatever I'm reading. For instance, the week after I finished reading All the President's Men, Mark Felt revealed himself to be Deep Throat, bringing an end to a guessing game that had gone on for over 30 years. You're welcome.Now, weeks after I finally read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the literary world is aflame over a new edition which ...more
Apr 03, 2013 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mark Twain scholars
Recommended to Eric by:
Shelves: classic, audiobooks
I really liked parts of this book -- Huck's escape from his father, the floating house, the Grangerford-Shepherdson feud, the Royal Nonesuch, and meeting Colonel Sherburn. However, a deconstruction better explains how I felt about the end than I could:
So what's the problem? Only this: Twain's acknowledged masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, inspires almost universal ambivalence among its biggest fans. "It's the best book we've had," pronounced Ernest Hemingway in 1932. "A
I remember being terribly bored by this book. I also remember having a very incompetent teacher in 10th grade English. Maybe if I re-read it I'd find it better. I doubt I'll re-read it though.
Shivam Chaturvedi
“Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.”

Now, Mark Twain, he didn’t want us to try and make much sense out of this one, but it’s downright impossible not to. And bless him that he did not issue orders against laughter, or half the world’s population would have to be wiped out. Or thereabouts. Between the comical conversations among the characters and
I've never read much of Mark Twain's stuff. I vaguely remember reading A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in college and I think I was probably SUPPOSED to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at some point in school, but this was the first time I had ever picked up what's supposed to be his greatest work, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I wish I had done so sooner, because it was great.

If you're somehow unfamiliar with the basic premise, Huckleberry Finn follows the adventures of the epony
Jackie "the Librarian"
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HUCKLEBERRY CRIST and JESUS FINN! Wait what? Oh sorry I meant to say Jesus Christ and Huckleberry Finn. I guess because there so much alike I accidentally mixed up their names. You must be asking your yourself, how on earth do you shuffle the names of a lying, stealing, misbehaving, little boy, and a kind, generous, faithful, thirty- three year old man? Well even though it isn’t very obvious, if you pay attention to little details and know the story of both Christ and Huck Finn, you'll find that ...more
Amir Lewiz

يظهر في هذه الرواية مارك توين الفكاهي و الساخر بشكل قوي
جنباً إلي جنب مع مغامرات هكلبري فين المشوقة
وهذا ما افتقدته في مغامرات توم سوير

ويقول معظم نقاد الأدب ،ان رواية "مغامرات هكلبري فين " تعتبر درة فريدة
بين جميع الأعمال الأدبية التي كتبها مارك توين ، كما تعتبر علامة بارزة
في الأدب الأمريكي الكلاسيكي بصفة عامة .

الفكرة الأولي و الأساسية هي مشكلة العبودية
فيبين هنا أن العبد الزنجي "جيم" انسان طيب و مخلص هو أفضل من بعض البيض المحتالين

و طوال هذه المغامرات تظهر الأفكار الفرعية مثل الثأر و

Still the greatest novel I have ever read. As a boy, I ripped through it every year, starting around age 10, for about 5 years. I read and loved it as an exciting, funny and sometimes terrifying adventure book for kids.

I didn't pick it up again until around age 21. I was talking to a very literary friend, and mentioned that Huckleberry Finn was a great book for kids. He looked at me and said, "You haven't read it lately, have you? Go and read it again."

I did, and found myself (as predicted) read
I "reread" this book on audio, narrated by Elijah Wood.

I haven't read this since high school and I thought it would be fun to listen to, and it was. Elijah's voices were true to the story, and brought an additional level to the depth of this tale.

I'm happy to report that this book held up to my memory of it, and then surpassed it.
Karina E
2.5 Stars... I really wanted to like it more, but it just kept dragging on. :/
Rural wild child Huck escapes “sivilization,” fakes his death, and goes down the river with the escaped slave Jim, meeting all manner of folks, from feuding families to charlatans, on the route. Man, what can I say about this, possibly the Greatest American Novel? It has it all: adventure, dry humor, biting parody, an aw-shucks down-home tone that belies its sharp mockery, faked death, adventure, religion, freedom, irony, treasure, and of course adventure. And it tackles the Great American Quest ...more
Huckleberry Finn, like other classic works of the imagination, can provide every reader with whatever he is capable of finding as he reads. The well of the narrative runs as deep as the Mississippi River. Thus the book may be enjoyed by young boys and adults as well. It also means that the book can be and is a foundational document in American literature influencing many writers who have followed in its wake. The story is both epic and intimate. Over the years the excitement of Huck's adventures ...more
Mar 25, 2008 Caitlyn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: extreme literature lovers only!
This book has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. I believe that this book, due to the language, morals, and overall storyline, contributes nothing to the literary world.

The immaturity of the language and "lingo" really confused me and just made the book terrible. The slave, Jim, has the typical "slave" language, making the story almost impossible to read. The moral, be yourself and go where you like, almost encourages children to run away when the going gets tough. The overall childi
Glenn Sumi
Why have I never read Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn before? Was it Twain’s copious use of the N word? (I seem to recall the book being dropped from my high school syllabus because of that.) Was it the air of earnest solemnity that surrounds so-called classics? Sheer laziness?

No matter. I’ve read it now, and I’ll never be the same again. Hemingway was right when he said (and I’m paraphrasing) all American literature comes from Huck Finn. While it’d be entertaining to read as a kid, it’s even mor
Virtually everything I've read that is intelligent and informed describes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as the great American novel. I've just finished it and see no reason to differ.
Anne Nikoline
Nov 26, 2011 Anne Nikoline rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody who is into classics
Recommended to Anne Nikoline by: book club
When Ernest Hemingway said: ""All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." he doesn't overreact. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is indeed a brilliant piece of classic literature everybody should read at least once in their life time. Especially kids. At least I'll be reading this when I've kids.

The writing style and the way the narrator communicates with his audiences is just outstandingly brilliant. Huckleberry is a great male lead and his controve
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work
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