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Huckleberry Finn, rebel against school and church, casual inheritor of gold treasure, rafter of the Mississippi, and savior of Jim the runaway slave, is the archetypical American maverick.

Fleeing the respectable society that wants to "sivilize" him, Huck Finn shoves off with Jim on a rhapsodic raft journey down the Mississippi River. The two bind themselves to one another,
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Published June 1st 2009 by Barnes & Noble Classics (first published December 10th 1884)
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    Nate No, it is a fiction invented on the day you were born and perpetrated with the collusion of the entirety of humanity with the sole aim of messing with…moreNo, it is a fiction invented on the day you were born and perpetrated with the collusion of the entirety of humanity with the sole aim of messing with your head. In truth, not only is there no Huckleberry Finn, there was never a Mark Twain. Of course, because I've now broken the pact I'll shortly be summarily executed. This is my legacy to you, Natalia--the breaking of this horrible illusion.(less)
    Mon I never read Tom Sawyer, but enjoyed the book regardless. Twain references the previous adventures, but this Huck Finn works well as a stand-alone…moreI never read Tom Sawyer, but enjoyed the book regardless. Twain references the previous adventures, but this Huck Finn works well as a stand-alone spin-off.(less)
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    David
    Feb 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    After reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, I realized that I had absolutely nothing to say about it. And yet here, as you see, I have elected to say it anyway, and at great length.

    Reading this novel now, at the age of mumble-mumble, is a bit like arriving at the circus after the tents have been packed, the bearded lady has been depilated, and the funnel cake trailers have been hitched to pick-up trucks and captained, like a formidable vending armada, toward the auburn sunset. All the fun has
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    Nathan Eilers
    Nov 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: all
    Shelves: fiction
    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.
    Matt
    Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: those inclined to 'light out for the territory'
    "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 wa ...more
    Petra Eggs
    This is a rant. I found Huckleberry Finn on my bookshelf had been changed for Huckleberry Finn Robotic Edition. Some very pc "authors" and "editors" took it upon themselves to change the N word (view spoiler) ...more
    Evgeny
    May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: adventure
    Review updated on 16.02.2017.

    Ask any person anywhere in the world to give an example of a classic book of US literature and it is a safe bet this one will come out among the top three. The only reason I am going to mention the plot for such famous book is the fact that I always do it; I am not breaking my own tradition in this case. So an orphan boy and a runaway slave travel together in Southern US. One of the most interesting parts of the book for me was gradual change in Huck's attitude towar
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    Ahmad  Ebaid
    "وأيقنت ألا جدوى من إضاعة الوقت هباء, فأنت لا تستطيع أن تعلم زنجياً كيف يجادل. وعندئذ كففت عن الحديث" هاكلبري فين, بعد أن رفض الزنجي أن الاختلاف بين الأمريكي والفرنسي مثل الاختلاف بين القطة والبقرة

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    إذا لم تستطع هذه الرواية أن توصل لك قيمة العلم والمنطق, وخطر العلم الزائف فما الذي سيفعل؟
    إذا لم تشعرك الرواية بكمية الخطر والخداع الذي يتحتم عليك أن تحتمي منه في هذا العالم المحيط بك, فما الذي تبقى لنشلك من سذاجة الطفولة؟

    فكما يقول "بريان ديوننج":
    "قد يكون مارك توين أكثر النقاد فاعلية عند نقده لجهل ا
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    Fabian
    Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    THE Greatest American Novel?

    Well...

    No wonder the Spanish think themselves superior with their Quixote, undoubtedly a blueprint for this mischievous Every Boy! Huck Finn is the full embodiment of THE American Fantasy: mainly that dire misconception that the protagonist of the world is you and that everything gravitates around that essential nucleus. Everyone in town thinks Huck dead, and what does he do but follow the tradition of a plot folding unto itself (as Don Q finds his story become medi
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    Madeline
    Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: the-list
    I had to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in middle school, and I fervently wish that they had made us read Huck Finn instead. I mean, I understand why they didn't (giving middle schoolers an excuse to throw around racial slurs in a classroom setting is just asking for a lawsuit from somebody's parents), but Huck Finn is better. It's smarter, it's funnier, and Huck's adventures stay with you a lot longer than Tom's, because Huck's experiences were richer and more interesting, whereas The Advent ...more
    Manny
    One of my absolute favourite books, which I have read multiple times. A major classic. If at all possible, get an edition with the original illustrations.
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    (Expanded review based on conversation with JORDAN)

    Here in Switzerland, l'affaire du mot N hasn't quite had the high profile it's received on its home territory. In fact, I'm embarrassed to admit that I hadn't even heard of it until Jordan gave me a few pointers earlier today. So, no doubt all this has been sa
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    Glenn Sumi
    Why have I never read Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn before? Was it Twain’s copious use of the N word? (I vaguely recall a primary school teacher abruptly halting a class read-aloud session, perhaps because of that.) Was it the air of earnest solemnity that surrounds so-called classics? Sheer laziness?

    No matter. I’ve read it now, and I’ll never be the same again. Hemingway was right when he said (and I’m paraphrasing) all American literature comes from Huck Finn. While it’d be entertaining to re
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    Ahmad Sharabiani
    825. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
    ماجراهای هاکلبری فین - مارک تواین (خوارزمی) ادبیات نوجوانان
    عنوانها: هکلبری فین؛ برده فراری ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ ماجراهای هاکلبری فین؛ سرگذشت هکلبری فین؛ هاکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛
    عنوان: هکلبری فین؛ اثر: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: ابراهیم گلستان؛ چاپ نخست 1328؛ چاپ دوم: تهران، آگاه، 1349؛ چاپ سوم: تهران، روزن، 1348؛ در 308 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، بازتاب نگار، 1387، در 383 ص؛ شابک: 9789648223408؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر کلاغ، 1393، در 368 ص؛ شابک: 978600941
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    Nayra.Hassan
    Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: classic
    كله يدلع نفسه ..بالعقل و بالاصول اوعى تدلعها زيادة
    دايما بتفكرني هذه الأغنية ب هاكلبيري فين ذلك الصبي الأشقر المطالب للابد بحق الانسان في ان يكون ملكا لنفسه مهما كلفه ذلك من مشاق و صراعات

    صبي افاق شريد.. يكره العمل المنتظم و الذهاب للمدرسة او الكنيسة !! لا يبغى سوى : حرية منفلتة بلا حساب او عقاب..فيه لمحات من بيتر بان الصبي الابدي
    نصيبه من العلم محدود. .و من التربية معدوم♨
    ..ترق له ارملة و تتبناه ..و لكنه يتبطر على حياة الدعة و الشبع المصحوب بالادب و النظام بالطبع..و يهرب مع عبد اسمر هارب. .ليلع
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    Barry Pierce
    I really quite enjoyed this well-written satire of slavery-era America. I reads a lot like a Dickens novel, very episodic and with a youthful protagonist. I'll put aside the fact that Huck Finn may be the most annoying character in all of literature and say that this is a great American classic for a reason. It's captivating, it's funny, and it's never boring. While it may not have aged very well, it's still an important text that covers a time when America was in its adolescent stage.
    Matthew
    Pretty good, kinda silly - but I think that is what Twain was going for - 3.5 stars.

    Twain is the king of the Yarn. Huckleberry Finn is a collection of outlandish tales all with lies and trickery at their heart. At the time of its release I am sure it became a bible for scoundrels and mischevious teens.

    This book is controversial, and even frequently banned, because of its portrayal of black slaves and the use of the N-word. I venture into shaky ground here by offering my opinion as I am white, bu
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    Simona Bartolotta
    Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: in-english, 1800
    3.5

    "There warn't no home like a raft, after all."


    I mean, at the beginning there's a notice that reads "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot." How am I supposed not to fall in love, pray tell?

    This book swarms with key issues of Twain's -today's- America -world-, all properly backed up by irresistible humour and irony. As I've said elsewhere before, T
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    James
    Review
    4 out of 5 stars to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, one of the "Great American Novels" by Mark Twain published in 1884. I've actually read this book twice: once as a 14-year-old and again in college as part of my many American English courses. My interpretations have expanded with the second read, but it's still at the core, a very profound book worth reading at least once in a lifetime.

    Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer appear in a few of Twain's novels, but it is in this one where Huck tru
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    MJ Nicholls
    Having never so much as fingertipped a Twain until this moment, in the last rattle of my twenties, this caustic racial satire packaged as a rootin’-tootin’ Boys Own romp proved a pleasant surprise, rather like some other late-in-the-game experiences in my life, such as listening to Tom Waits for the first time, discovering the movies of Werner Herzog, and having a proper relationship with a woman who turned out not to be an asexual narcissist. [I include the last bit to shock regular viewers use ...more
    MCOH
    Mar 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I had mixed feelings about this book.

    On the one hand, it's clear that Mark Twain was progressive for his day, satirizing the topsy-turvy morals of the slavery-era south. His heroes are two people at the bottom rung of the social ladder - a runaway slave, and the son of the town drunk. Though they're not valued by society, they turn out to be the two most honorable characters of the book. And I appreciated the questions it raised, about how we construct our own sense of morality in the context of
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    Brian
    2016 RE-READ

    I read this when I was like ten or something and all I remembered was that it was one of my favorites. Here I am, 26 years later, having read it again, and loving it perhaps more than I did then. I don’t remember Mark Twain being so damn hilarious. I mean I was in hysteria I was laughing so hard. I had to cover my mouth a few times when I burst out laughing when I was reading next to my sleeping beauty. I liked this so much that I bought a hard copy. I plan to read it again and again
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    Michael Finocchiaro
    More mature and longer than its cousin, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn remains an incredible kid's story of initiation and adventure. Yes, there is some racial stereotypes in the depiction of Jim, but let's give Mark Twain the benefit of the doubt that he is trying to tell a good story and is sympathetic to the anti-slavery movement. An amazing tale that has not aged a bit!
    Apatt
    Jun 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fave-classics
    Now, how in the nation is a body going to start this review? Well, I'll be ding-busted!

    I usually don’t like reading colloquial prose style, accented dialogue and dialects. All too often they require additional effort to decipher and are just plain irritating. However, I have to make an exception for Mark Twain because he does it better than anybody else I can think of. There is never any confusion about the meaning and his colloquial narrative style and dialogue add a great deal of humour, charm
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    K.D. Absolutely
    Aug 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
    Very funny children's book with great lessons. Great being an understatement.

    My earliest memory of this book was when I was in third year high school. My eldest brother who was already in college was vacationing at home. One day, he asked my other older brother who was in fourth year high school to read this book aloud to him. I think this was to coach my other older brother on his accent because he was to enter college in the city and join my eldest brother. People in our province pronounce wor
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    Alex
    Huck Finn is miles weightier than Tom Sawyer, and it's almost the Great American Novel it's called. Tom Sawyer was all fun and games - Don Quixote, as he points out himself, "all adventures and more adventures." Huck Finn's a different person; he's concerned with doing the right thing. He spends most of the novel helping a runaway slave escape, and he brilliantly represents a person judging the morals of society against the morals he's come up with himself, and ending up in the right place. That ...more
    Gary  the Bookworm
    I've read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn many times. First as a teenager, then as a young man in college and until last week, as a thirty-something adult. Each reading brought new insights about Twain's take on the American experience. He created unforgettable and timeless characters, the likes of whom still exist from sea to shining sea. Drifting down the Mississippi River with Huck and Jim is a sublime experience. Twain captures the natural beauty and serenity of the river and uses it as ...more
    Ellie
    For some reason, I've delayed reading this book for many years. Actually, I started it a few times but couldn't get past the language-the use of the n-word and the dialect. This time I stuck it out and I'm so glad I did.

    Huck Finn is a combination boy's adventure story and biting social critique. Huck is an abused child who runs away with Jim, a slave. The outline of the story is probably known to everyone but the writing is vivid and the anxiety about Jim's getting to freedom intense. And Huck i
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    Amanda NEVER MANDY
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer opened the door to this book, my favorite of the two. I’ve never been a fan of the leader of the pack, I’ve always been drawn to the quieter buddy. Not the buddy that blindly follows but the thinking man, the one that sits back to watch and learn from the things he sees before him.

    I adore Huck for how he handles the life lessons that have been dealt to him and those around him. At first he is afraid to stand on his own two feet, quick to yes sir and do what isn’t alw
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    Greg
    Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fiction
    I remember being terribly bored by this book. I also remember having a very incompetent teacher in 10th grade English. Maybe if I re-read it I'd find it better. I doubt I'll re-read it though.
    Sue
    Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: everyone
    This was a wonderful experience, re-reading Huck's adventures after many years away from the book. On this second reading, so much spoke to me: the poetry in the descriptions of the time on the river, Twain's obvious love of his young character Huck Finn, the wonderful characters of all stripes and the picture of the time (with Twain's twist of course). Huck's struggles with what he perceives as right and wrong are so wonderfully written and, of course, so satirical for the reader, as he deals w ...more
    Mangy Cat
    Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: classics
    Now, I'm not normally a fan of dialect, but I tell you, Mark Twain has given a fine example of the right way to do it. He is consistent in the spellings of the different words he uses and shows different ways of speaking for each of the characters. That is, they don't all sound alike. So it feels authentic. I really like that aspect. The language that Twain uses for Huck Finn's voice is absolutely delicious. It's so rich and wonderful you can cut it with a knife. He keeps up the quality of his m ...more
    Mike (the Paladin)
    A classic...if you look up classic in the dictionary there's a picture of this book.

    Okay, maybe not, a lot of dictionaries don't have pictures.

    The sheer volume of good things about this book defies a review. Humor, character development, intelligent crushing (yet understated) criticism of racism and the racial attitudes of the time...

    Recommended, highly.

    Update: By the way, there has been criticism of this book based on the use of certain words that are offensive today. Mr. Twain (Clemens) was p
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    Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

    Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work
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