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Great Adventure that!
Aug 03, 2005 03:14 PM 7800 Views
(Updated Aug 03, 2005 03:28 PM)



''All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn'' - Ernest Hemingway

The quote above best describes this classic literature - Huckleberry Finn - by one of America's finest writers - Mark Twain (MT)

MT has an inimitable style of expressing human behavior in humorous, adventurous, thought provoking way that will leave you neither smiling or sad...but just reflecting and most enlightened about way people work.

Set in the late 19th century Southern America, Huck Finn reflects a growing boy's view of the world outside of the abstracted world of protection, security & warmth that a child would be entitled to. Huck's story of encounter with the brutal side of human nature tells of sheer grit and determination to survive in the toughest of conditions and emerging successfully from it.

Huckleberry Finn is a super subject. A boy maturing in his teens reflecting his growing up thought process as he sees the best and worst of adult humanity across the Mississippi river while being islanded and secured in his small but cosy raft.

The concept of good or bad is banished by MT in this book. Huck and Jim are on a mission to survive and achieve freedom from a prejudiced society.

Through Mark Twain's imaginative writing...we see a plethora of almost real life like events unfolding before us....with the entire atmosphere sent in the late 19th century Southern America.

If you were to rip off the costumes, dialect, nationality...and dissect the bare parts of story that Mark Twain has can relate it to any place, any time. It's evergreen...because it's human nature explained at its best.

Huck Finn evokes sympathy from the reader. And taking this sympathy to his advantage...he manages to take the reader though his journey of pain, happiness, joy & hope.

Huck's almost deviant behavior to treat a slave like a friend, a fellow being - demonstrates the intrepid MT's ability to write what was unthinkable in his era. Hats off to him!

Initially, at time of release...there was an unproar over the book's story by those that supported slavery and saw african americans as just another commodity. But by and by, this ''trash'' (as it was called) became one of the most popular adventure stories which has received upteem accolodes by literati community.

There is still a vociferous debate on the internet today - about the suitability of book - considering the violent and racist themes attached to the book. However, as mentioned above - in it's bare skin - this book is a wonderful read and will charm any reader of any age.

Huck is potrayed as a street smart kid with an independent thinking mindset. He is an abandoned teenager...who lives on the rough side of the life...dealing with tough situations...always on the alert to natural and human danger lurking around. Huck's desire for adventure leads him down

Mississippi river and through many sub-plots through which he wades along. His other mission is to make Jim (an ''escaped nigger'') - a free man.

Some of the most memorable parts of the book are the Huck's stay with the Sheperdson's family, the King & Duke ... two conmen trying to fleece every village they pass by along the Mississippi river.

The plot of Huckleberry Finn slows down a considerable lot at the end with Tom Sawyer helping Huck esacape Jim (when he gets sold off by King & Duke to a village famer).

The tough part about reading Huck Finn is the slang used throughout the book...which can be trying at time...but as you keep becomes pleasant and engrossing as Huck narrates his adventure to the reader.

The best way to read this book is to take off all your prejudices and give full attention to Huck's thoughts about the events happening around him.

After I finished reading this book, Ernest Hemingway's words came back to me as a sort of ''I told you so...''

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is indeed a classic American literature that you cannot afford to miss if you happen to be a literature buff.


Classic Mark Twain Quotes:

-> Travel is Fatal to Prejudice

-> Be good and you will be lonesome

-> Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

-> Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

-> Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.

-> Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.


Ps: You need not buy Huckleberry Finn from a book Store. All Mark Twain writings are available on sites like

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