Running away seemed like a good idea at the time...
The Widow Douglas is doing her best to civilise Huckleberry Finn, but it just isn't working. Wearing clean clothes, going to school, and having a hot meal waiting for him when he gets home are becoming boring and tedious.
So, to make his life more interesting Huck, as he is normally called, decides to join Tom Sawyer's gang of outlaws. However, when they fail to be the vicious ransom specialists they claim to be, Huck decides to forget about excitement and tries to give his civilised life another go. He attends school and minds his own business... for a while.
After his father turns up out of the blue and starts causing trouble, Huck decides he's had enough of normal life and sets sail on his raft for a secluded island. When he arrives he finds he's not the only one who has decided to live there. On the island, he encounters thieves, a flood that provides a nice surprise, con men, violent shootouts, family feuds and much more.
After so much adventure, Huckleberry Finn ends up wishing he was back at home, tucked up in bed after a hot meal. But does this wish come true, or do his adventures continue?
Roland Mann is a writer, editor, speaker, and professor. As writer, he is best known for his work on Cat & Mouse, a comic which ran for nearly two years, garnered critical acclaim and led Roland to other work. Other titles Roland wrote include Rocket Ranger, Miss Fury, Planet of the Apes: Blood of the Apes, Krey and Demon’s Tails.
As editor, Roland is best known for his time as a Malibu/Marvel Comics editor where he edited The Protectors line of comics and many Ultraverse titles. While there, he developed a knack for finding and promoting new and budding creative talent. Roland also served as Editor and Publisher of Silverline, a line of independent comics that included such titles as Switchblade and The Scary Book.
Roland received a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University, a Master’s degree in English from the University of North Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to his work in comics, Roland has been a newspaper editor and an advertising flunky, but more recently he has taught English at the university level. He is also a frequent speaker at writing workshops/conferences where many find his sessions encouraging.
Roland’s first novel, Buying Time, was published in 2010 as were his graphic novel adaptations of the classic novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He also recently wrote a story in the graphic novel anthology Martyrs. Roland is on the Faculty at Full Sail University where he teaches Creative Writing.
This has the same story line as the original book it's just in a comic form. Personally I liked the actual book a little bit more but this comic was still really good and had really good art in it. If you like history from around slavery times and if you liked the book itself.
This adaptation of Huckleberry Finn is the perfect example of how graphic novels can excite and prepare readers for their more complicated counterparts; particularly for more reluctant readers. A perfect addition to any middle/high school library or classroom.
Huck se přidá k partě Toma Sawyera, která si hraje na lupiče a bandity. Nikdy ale nikoho skutečně nenapadli. Huck se nastěhuje do domu vdovy Douglasové, která se ho snaží vychovat a dá ho do školy. Zanedlouho se objeví Huckův táta, který chce jeho peníze. Tak Huck uteče spolu s otrokem Jimem a zažijí spolu různá dobrodružství. Potkají dva podvodníky, kteří se k nim přidají na jejich cestě vorem. Ale Hucka tento život omrzí a rád by se vrátil do pohodlí domova.
Thoroughly enjoyable as graphic novels go, though it lacks emotional depth, treating slavery and abuse/ violence as routine matters. A good companion read with the graphic novel on Tom Sawyer, for Grade 7.
I had to read this for summer course on Constructions of Youth. This "graphic-novelization" strips Twain's novel of all of Huck's moral development as well as Twain's humor and deep satire, reducing this "classic" to only a series of adventure plot twists. There are, thus, major concerns with how Jim is depicted--basically a two-dimensional plot device rather than a fleshed out or believable character. (But wait! The book throws in two pages about the horrors of slavery to compensate for this whitewashing retelling.) But this is only the beginning of the issues here.
Bottom line: This is sloppily thrown together, moderately offensive to someone who appreciates the original, and certainly a waste of my time. Luckily it didn't take long to read.
While it has been a long time since I read the original novel I think this graphic novel did a good job. While I think they down-played Huck's relationship with Jim, the novel did hit all of the key plot points, although it did end rather quickly there on the last page. Although it is a rather light version of the original, I will admit that there are somethings I did not understand (the whole goings on of the King and the Duke for example) that were actually really clear and made sense in this new format. While it is not the be all and end all for this classic tale, it is good enough. I see it being used perfectly as a starter to have deeper conversations later about key themes, etc.