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Huckleberry Finn (Oneworld Classics) [Paperback]

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15 Jun 2010 Oneworld Classics
New edition. Includes pictures and an extensive section on Mark Twain's life and works. Widely considered one of the greatest American novels, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" tells the story of Huck Finn and his companion, the slave Jim, as they journey down the Mississippi river, after running away from Huck's alcoholic father and Jim's owners. As they travel, they encounter a floating house, feuding families and cunning grifters, but more importantly Huck gets to know Jim and regard him as a friend and equal, overcoming the racial prejudices of the time, in a landmark narrative which poignantly addresses the issues of growing up and finding freedom.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Classics Ltd; Reprint edition (15 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847491480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847491480
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,577,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A seminal work of American literature that still commands deep praise and elicits controversy, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought to be lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is indispensable to a fuller understanding of the novel. The changes, deletions and additions made in the first half of the manuscript indicate that Mark Twain frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational book than the one he finally published. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn, It's the best book we've had. --Ernest Hemingway

The invention of this language, with all its implications, gave a new dimension to our literature. It is a language capable of poetry. --Robert Penn Warren

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twain at his best! 25 Aug 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Back during my school days this was still not a book that was considered to be politically incorrect and so I was supposed to read it. As was far to often the case, I got by on little more than watching the movie version and never bothered to read this masterpiece. A few months ago I picked up a copy to put in my library for my grandson to use when he got old enough to go to school. Unfortunately this has been classified as a children's book and so I had little intention of reading it when I bought it.
After discussing a book about President Grant and Mark Twain with a friend I decided that I should read this book and I soon found out just how much of an adventure I had been missing. Twain's well deserved reputation as a storyteller is on clear display in this book from cover to cover. The reader is drawn into the lives of the characters to the point of being really disturbed when something bad happens to them. Sure, they steal and they lie but you will love them in spite of everything.
The story basically follows the adventures of young Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim. Finn is trying to escape has father and the efforts of the townspeople to civilize him while Jim is trying to escape slavery. More to the point, Jim is trying to escape being sold down the river, which was always a worry for slaves in the upper south.
There is a strong moral point to this book as Huck slowly learns to love Jim as a friend and not think of his skin color. Early on Huck is worried about helping a runaway slave and isn't sure what to do. Having been raised in Missouri, Huck has been taught that helping a slave run away is one of the worst sins imaginable and that African-Americans are pretty much worthless except as slaves.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of American literature 5 Dec 2005
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn is not only Twain's best work, but is considered by some, one of the greatest novels ever written. Episodic in form (as Twain warns, "persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot"), Huckleberry Finn is clearly, along with Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, one of the three most ambitious and artistically successful novels of America's 19th century.
But what is it about Huckleberry Finn that makes it stand out? Most young people reading it will declare that they thought Tom Sawyer was better, and for them, they would be right. It is a difficult novel to teach. The dialect is actually difficult for some inexperienced readers. The satire and ironies are often lost on some readers, and some minorities are offended by what they think is its racist tone. That, however, is an historical irony if ever there was one. Twain's intent was to belittle and make fun of the racist attitudes of most Americans. The very fact that Jim and Huck were able to achieve a fast friendship and to negotiate together the epic journey down the Mississippi with Jim often showing superior wisdom and a right smart common sense did not sit well with some prejudicial mind sets. Today what offends is the language, in particular the use of the "n" word.
But what makes Huckleberry Finn a great novel is first and foremost the indelible character of the often self-effacing Huck Finn himself and his compelling, lyrical, and ever so beautifully observed narrative. There is only one other novel in American literature that can be considered in the same league as far as first person narratives go, and that is Nabokov's Lolita.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ain't it just bully?!" 10 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My mum read this to me (aged 8) and my brother (aged 10). We thought it was very funny and all the adventures Huck had were really cool. I liked the part where he said: "Telling the truth is like sitting on a keg of gunpowder and lighting it just to see where you'll go". It made us laugh a lot. We learnt a lot about superstitions, like touching a snakeskin brings bad luck, and a hairy chest makes you rich. But it wasn't funny to find out about how people used to think about slaves.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illustrative of the world 27 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Huckleberry Finn is illustrative of the world, not only in the cosmopolitan characters entering and leaving the story, but also in the way people react to it. One reaction is that it is a racist novel, mentioning the word nigger 121 times. The people who interpret the novel in this way seem only glance at the surface and delve no deeper. They probably do this in all other aspects of their life. The second type of person will look deeper, as though delving into the depths of the Mississippi River setting. They will see past the racism of Huckleberry Finn himself as Huck comments on the definite signs of humanity and equality in Jim. They will see the underlying message, of how he is the product of a terrible system and look into the other messages encountered in the journey of the book. To this type of person no other novel can be so fascinating, yet remain humorous all the while.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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If there's any book out there that needs no introduction (or review, to be honest), it's Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Yet here I am reviewing it, anyway. I must admit (not without a fair share of embarrassment) that I just now got around to reading this American classic for the first time. I never had to read it in school, and to some degree I felt pretty familiar with the novel even without having read it - that's just how popular and important Huckleberry Finn is to the social fabric of America.

Nowadays, with all the politically correct liberals having escaped their Berkeley zoo and run amuck all over the nation, many of our young people are told not to read this novel. In fact, legions of voices cry out for poor little Huck Finn, that beloved rascal of literature, to be banned from schools and libraries - for the crime of using the n-word, a word commonly used by both blacks and whites up and down the Mississippi during Huck's time (not to mention numerous hip-hop artists of today). Turning a blind eye to the fact that Twain made the slave Jim a noble, human, easy-going fellow with his heart always in the right place (unlike Huck's other companions), the literary fascists contend that this novel is poison to the minds of youngsters. One can only imagine the reaction Mark Twain would have to the hysteria his book incites in liberals today (although he would certainly not be surprised, as he had to fight censorship of this book from the date of its publication).

One of the great ironies of the "Ban Huck Finn" brouhaha is the fact that young people will surely find this novel much more entertaining than the vast majority of other literary classics they are asked to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great literature
I read this book (and naturally Tom Sawyer's adventures too) in a German translation, when I was a child. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Hans-Ulrich Buehler
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the price
Delivery was quick as I ordered 18 copies for a class, however I was disappointed as the print was smaller than what appeared on the website.
Published 16 days ago by Mrs f shah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
One of the better classics. Was in Memphis this year by the Mississippi so wanted to read the book again
Published 22 days ago by Rod Hartley
3.0 out of 5 stars "Human beings can be awful cruel to one another."
At the end of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, we left Huck Finn, now comfortably well-off, being 'sivilised' by the Widow Douglas. Read more
Published 24 days ago by FictionFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A classic which is well worth reading or re-reading. I thoroughly recommend this book to any reader, nearly as good as To Kill and Mocking Bird which is my all time favourite... Read more
Published 1 month ago by penrhynian
4.0 out of 5 stars An acquired taste
If you like books full of strange dialogue taking you on a journey through the deep south full of runaway slaves and superstitions, mixed with high comedy and some passages which... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RitaH
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
A good book, everyone that read it was enthralled by the story! A tale to stir the imagination of children and adults alike!
Published 1 month ago by John Braybrook
4.0 out of 5 stars classic story
I have wanted to re_ read this story for along time and it did not dissapoint ,a classic story for young and old alike . Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remember when I read it many years ago
An interesting view of American society in the 1800's at a difficult time in the society when equality did not exist
Published 2 months ago by Theophilus
4.0 out of 5 stars HUCKLEBERRY FINN BOOK
Bought this book for my daughter who is studying it for A Level. Remember it fondly from my youth. Happy with the item, came quite promptly.
Published 2 months ago by Ms Mary Scanlan
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