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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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Jul 10, 13

bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: all
Read in October, 2005, read count: 2

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.
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Reading Progress

04/09/2013 page 46
12.0% "Oh, Huck. It's been too long. Time to go rafting again."
04/23/2013 page 98
26.0% "Loving every page."
05/16/2013 page 220
59.0% "Alas. Tom Sawyer is back."
07/10/2013 marked as: read

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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa very true!

James (JD) Dittes You realize that Hemingway is right when you look at how Twain sends up a lot of the other writers of the Romantic Era--can one read Emily Dickinson or other gothic writers after reading about Emmaline Grangerford? The pop novels of Walter Scott and James Fenimore Cooper don't look so adventurous when Tom Sawyer insists on embodying them in Jim's escape. It's a tour de force of pre-Civil War American letters, that's what Huckleberry Finn is.

Benjamin Stahl Briefly and perfectly said.

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