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Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
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Oct 08, 2010

really liked it
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Read from October 10 to 20, 2010

The original American novel. Great chronicle of boyhood adventures. This is a nice item with both stories in one book.

Tom & Huck get themselves into all kinds of mischief. Huck I think is a little more clever and gutsy than Tom.

Tom running off into the caves to impress his girlfriend Becky comes into Injun Joe's stash of valuable metal and supplies. The boys come to inherit $6,000 each.

But Huck is unwilling to take all the trouble from his father who happens to have returned to Huck's life on time to get some of that $6,000.
Huck runs off to find himself involved with all types of characters --- disguising himself as a girl, setting up for a night with the townsfolk under an alias. Presumed dead and running from "sivilization" as he knows it in pursuit of a fulfilling life of adventure.

Huck makes a kind acquaintance with Ms. Watson's runaway slave; and makes a statement of interracial friendship which at that time was probably a bold one. Huck always kind and fair in helping his travel partner to free soil; yet blacks generally treated so poorly thorughout the background of the story.

Many of the dramatic irony and suspensful situations we see in thousands of novels can be sampled in these two boyhood tales. As Hemingway says Huck Finn is the novel that precedes all Amercian novels.

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