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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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Aug 03, 11


Well as expected this is certainly not the book I read when I was 13. Although part one describing the raft trip and commenting on racism is probably the more straightforward part of the book and not too different from what I remembered, part two about the Duke and the King is much changed. As an adult I can only marvel at the lasting observations of Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens: his commentary on the power of oratory, whether true or not, is ever more relevant today. Part three telling the story of Jim’s imprisonment on the Phelps Farm could also be a commentary of our time: Huck, despite his street-wisdom, does what he is told by the more confident and articulate dreamer, Tom Sawyer. Although the racism of part one is much less of an issue today, the dodgy salesmanship and meaningless spin of parts two and three are still spot on.
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