The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

What can you say about a book that is such a classic? My mother recommended this book to me (a surprise as she’s not the biggest classics fan) so I bought it to read as part of my daily commute. I can’t believe I didn’t read it at a younger age (or even see a movie- I’m sure there is one) until now. This is the ultimate boy’s own adventure (even though I’m not a boy).

The first thing that struck me about this book is the voice of Huckleberry Finn- you feel like he is sitting beside you, telling his story. Mark Twain is excellent at getting all the characters’ voices to sound true in both accent and feeling. Jim is incredibly patient with the boyhood escapades of Huck and Tom. The supporting characters of the Duke and the King are hilarious in their ability to think up new schemes.

There are many themes covered in this book –class, racism but the book does not feel like it’s preaching at you. Huckleberry and Jim fall into a number of situations and scrapes but it all flows beautifully, just like the Mississippi, a rollicking yarn.

Read it to your children before they grow up! (OK, so it’s not all that PC with the use of the word ‘n****r’ but it is a great book. Not the Great American Novel – isn’t that The Great Gatsby? – but it is a lot of fun).

8.5 out of 10.

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  1. Your comment “you feel like he is sitting beside you” makes me want to read this although I never really had much of an urge to before. Thanks for the lovely review. Oh and doesn’t that copy have a lovely cover!

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