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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a massively popular and critically revered novel by Mark Twain, published in 1884 but still relevant and worth reading today. The story is narrated by Huck Finn, a poor young boy in a small town in Missouri in the mid-1800s, who also was a character in the earlier Twain novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. In order to evade his abusive alcoholic father, Huck fakes his own death and teams up with a runaway slave named Jim to escape to freedom, presenting Huck with some torment over the morality of helping a slave. The two face many adventures through their travels, later meeting back up with Tom Sawyer, ultimately leading Huck to the realization that despite all he had been taught his whole life, his loyalty would be to his friend Jim. Twain delivers both an entertaining and humorous tale and a scathing satire on racism that even today is studied by many schools and literary critics. Both The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer are commonly included on the list of “Great American Novels”. Recommended for age 11+.
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OTHER A5 RECOMMENDED TRAVEL BOOKS - MARK TWAIN
Mark Twain is one of the most celebrated authors in American history, and he wrote a lot about his travels. Innocents Abroad is a must read for travel writing fans. Learn more about Mark Twain here.
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GREAT QUOTES FROM HUCKLEBERRY FINN
“What's the use you learning to do right when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same?”
"After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people."
“We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world and it's efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read-”
"The good writers are Henry James, Stephen Crane, and Mark Twain. That's not the order they're good in. There is no order for good writers.... All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. If you read it you must stop where the Nigger Jim is stolen from the boys. That is the real end. The rest is just cheating. But it's the best book we've had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since."
- Ernest Hemingway, commenting on Huckleberry Fiinn in his book Green Hills of Africa