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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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Recommended for: those inclined to 'light out for the territory'
Read in October, 1999

"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 was trying to make my mouth say I would do the right thing and the clean thing, and go and write to [Jim's:] owner and tell where he was; but deep down in me I knowed it was a lie--and He knowed it. You can't pray a lie -- I found that out...

...It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: 'All right, then, I'll go to Hell'--and tore it up."
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“But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of therest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before.”
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huck Finn


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Lee Scoresby I was going to quote this part too. I still get chills when I read this.


David E One of the greatest passages in all of American literature. It is the key moment in the book. And it washes all the n word criticism away.


Luis Camacho It's been almost tweny years since I read this book. I still remember reading those words for the first time. It brought tears to my eyes, and I felt an excitement that I had never felt before from reading a book. To this day, Finn remains my fravorite hero of all, and Clemens my favorite author of all. Istill get goosebumps whenever I read those words.


Mariel My favorite part of the book!


message 5: by John (new)

John Walker It's the human dilemma, isn't it? A cat just sleeps, but we are cursed (or blessed) with thinking. So a great piece of writing it certainly is, and it resonates within us. What to do, when to do it, what might the consequences be?

Cats just sleep, eat, and go back to sleep again. They worry about security, and having a human servant, and if they are confident enough they'll give you a cordial head butt, offer their throats for a tickle, purr, and drift off back to sleep again. John Walker.

www.johnwalkerswriting.com.

Isn't it irritating when they don't allow apostrophes? John Walker


Bill More than a key quote, it's the true climax to the story. The Tom Sawyer nonsense that follows is a lengthy denouement that echoes the books opening chapters. When Huck casts off the values he grew up with and accepts new ones that reflect everything he learned on the trip, the journey (and the story) are complete. I've read this book perhaps two dozen times, and I'm in the middle of it again.


Magnus Mckie Great quote, great piece of writing. Incredibly wise. If you read tom Sawyer first it has even more resonance. Brilliant.


message 8: by Me (new) - rated it 5 stars

Me I agree that it is best to read Tom Sawyer first.

I owned both books as a child and read them repeatedly. As a parent, I read both to my son, and we laughed our rears off together. A bright boy, he understood the irony and the humor. Reading those books together is one of my fond memories of his childhood.

I did have to stop at times to explain not only the racist aspects of the language and why it was in the book, but also to explain the meanings of quite a few old southern expressions he'd never heard before. They were not racist; they just had no application to modern life and his cultural experience, thus, he had no clue what they meant.

It really made me aware how different my childhood was from my own children's; as I'd grown up one of the last of my generation exposed to people from very rural, southern culture. Even my siblings just several years younger than I share fewer conscious memories from that culture and those relatives. It really hit home how past cultural experiences and points-of-view disappear far more quickly now than they once did. Current generations, with something new following right on the heels of something else that was considered new, all of which they learn and adjust to quickly (easily displacing what had come before) do not share emotional memories and cultural concepts of even their older baby-boomer parents. It is inevitable, but it makes me feel a little sad.


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