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Finn by Jon Clinch
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Aug 30, 09

bookshelves: audio, historical-fiction
Read in August, 2009

I'm so confused and torn regarding my reaction to this book. Clinch turns some thoughts and traditions about Twain's beloved Huck Finn on its knees. While the writing and storyline was undoubtedly beautiful (in a tragic way of course), I still can't completely wrap my head around the liberties the author took with, not changing the story so much as changing our perceptions about who Huck and Pap Finn were. At the same time, I don't think Mark Twain fans will be completely enraged either. Clinch handles Twain's story with the dignity and tenderness it deserves, while still making you question your memory by asking yourself, "Was this a nuance of the original story that I completely missed?" or "Did I sleep through class the day they discussed this particular issue?"

It's an engaging, thought-provoking read. I highly recommend you re-read Huck Finn before this book if you've been many years removed from your last reading.

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