Sunday, May 20, 2012
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
This novel derives from the author's wonderfully imaginative recreation of boyhood adventures along the mighty Mississippi River, along with Twain's remarkable ear for dialogue and the understated development of serious underlying themes: "natural" man versus "civilised" society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings.
But most of all, this is a wonderful story - filled with great adventures and unforgettable characters - that shall never be out of time.
Quote: "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot."
Why this book speaks to me: Like Tom Sawyer this is a novel filled with great adventures we all wish we had when we were kids; however, unlike Tom Sawyer this mostly focuses on Huck and Jim (you have to read "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" first or you will not understand many things, since Mark Twain does not explain anything, treating this as a true sequel).
I also loved that Huck, not being as educated as his friends, has a funny and innocent way of explaining things, making him more honest than many.