Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Review: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Author: Mark Twain
Age group/Genre: Classic...this one in particular is complete & unabridged from the kids section
My Rating: 4/5

Huck Finn starts out in this book living with the widow Douglas, but can't stand that he has to be civilized in her home. Then, his drunken father shows up and takes him back to live out in the woods...the not so civilized way. Eventually, Huck has enough with his dad and takes off.

Huck runs into Jim, a runaway slave and the two of them embark on their runaway adventure down the Mississippi River. The two runaways deal with a King and Duke, armed robbers, and other interesting people. Huck has to choose if he can live with himself by helping Jim runaway or choose to be an actual friend to Jim.

This book was kind of a re-read for me. And I say kind of because this was required in 11th grade American Lit, but the book was a bit of challenge for me back then. Now...I really enjoyed it. All the little adventures were fun to read about...I was laughing out loud throughout the story.

FYI...if you find this book hard to read, just read it in a southern accent. It totally helped me. And it made the book more interesting. The way Twain wrote was hard on the eyes, so if you have to...read it out loud as well (especially Jim's part).

So...if you haven't read this book, I think you should. Def. encourage the kids to read it before they're in high school because at least the first time will be for fun. Then, in high school they can start concentrating on the actual literary part of the story...even though there is a notice in the book...
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. By order of the author per G.G., Chief of Ordanance


  1. I think this book would be a great audio book for people who aren't into the dialect writing. :-)

  2. That is such a great idea...I will tell people that next time someone tells me they find the dialect difficult to read