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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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Sep 29, 2011

Read in September, 2011

Read this soon after Tom Sawyer (both for the first time), so this review is kind of about both of them. I liked this book and felt it had deeper resonance because Huck is a much more soulful and thoughtful character than Tom (despite or perhaps because of his nominal lack of formal education).

That said, I found Tom Sawyer more entertaining on a chapter by chapter basis. I feel like Twain stretched some anecdotes out too long -- I got tired of the Dauphin and Duke very quickly and I felt the penultimate section tormenting Jim in his cell rather than just freeing him was both cruel and totally made me hate Tom.

So: Huck is the better character, and Tom Sawyer the more entertaining book, but perhaps it's ultimately more important for my cultural education to have read Huck.

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