Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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by Mark Twain, Robert G. O'Meally, Mark J. Twain

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

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"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the only one of Mark Twain's various books which can be called a masterpiece. I do not suggest that it is his only book of permanent interest; but it is the only one in which his genius is completely realized, and the only one which creates its own category." T. S. Eliot

Huckleberry Finn, rebel against school and church, casual inheritor of gold treasure, rafter of the Mississippi, and savior of Jim the runaway slave, is the archetypical American maverick.

Fleeing the respectable society that wants to "sivilize" him, Huck Finn shoves off with Jim on a rhapsodic raft journey down the Mississippi River. The two bind themselves to one another, becoming intimate friends and agreeing "there warn't no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft."

As Huck learns about love, responsibility, and morality, the trip becomes a metaphoric voyage through his own soul, culminating in the glorious moment when he decides to "go to hell" rather than return Jim to slavery.

Mark Twain defined classic as "a book which people praise and don't read"; Huckleberry Finn is a happy exception to his own rule. Twain's mastery of dialect, coupled with his famous wit, has made Adventures of Huckleberry Finn one of the most loved and distinctly American classics ever written.

Nominated for a Grammy for his work as co-producer of the five-CD box set The Jazz Singers (1998), Robert O'Meally is Zora Neale Hurston Professor of Literature at Columbia University and Director of Columbia University's Center for Jazz Studies. He is the principal writer of Seeing Jazz (1997), the catalogue for the Smithsonian's exhibit on jazz and literature, and the co-editor of The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (1996).

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From Robert O'Meally's Introduction to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

As an African-American who came of age in the 1960s, I first encountered Huckleberry Finn in a fancy children's edition with beautifully printed words and illustrations on thick pages, a volume bought as part of a mail-order series by my ambitious parents. While I do not remember ever opening that particular book-as a junior high schooler I was more drawn to readings about science or my baseball heroes-I do recall a sense of pride that I owned it: that a classic work was part of the furniture of my bedroom and of my life. Later I would discover Twain's ringing definition of a classic as "something everyone wants to have read but nobody wants to read."

Like many others of that generation-and then I suppose of every American generation that has followed-I was assigned the book as part of a college course. Actually I was taught the book twice, once in a course in modern fiction classics (along with Cervantes, Mann, Conrad, Wolfe, Faulkner), then in a course tracing great themes in American literature, including those of democracy and race. In both these classes, Mark Twain and his Huckleberry Finn appeared as heroic and timeless exemplars of modernism in terms of both literary form and progressive political thought. Here was an American novel told not from the standpoint or in the language of Europe but from the position of the poor but daring and brilliant river-rat Huck, whose tale was spun in lingo we could tell was plain Americanese-why, anybody could tell it, as the boy himself might say.

His was a story of eager flight from the rigidities of daily living, particularly from those institutions that as youngsters we love to hate: family, school, church, the hometown itself. That white Huckleberry's flight from commonplace America included a deep, true friendship with black Jim, who began the novel as a slave in Huck's adopted family, proved Huck's trust of his own lived experience and feelings: his integrity against a world of slavery and prejudice based on skin color. Huck's discovery that he was willing to take the risks involved in assisting Jim in his flight from slavery connected the youngster with the freedom struggle not only of blacks in America but of all Americans seeking to live up to the standards of our most sacred national documents. Here was democracy without the puffery, e pluribus unum at its most radical level of two friends from different racial (but very similar cultural) backgrounds loving one another. Here too was a personal declaration of independence in action, an American revolution (and some would say also a civil war) fought first within Huck's own heart and then along the Mississippi River, the great brown god that many have said stands almost as a third major character in this novel of hard-bought freedom and fraternity, of consciousness and conscientiousness.

I understood these themes as supporting the civil rights movement of that era, and, further, as significant correctives to sixties black nationalism, which too often left too little space, in my view, for black-white friendships and, alas, for humor, without which no revolution I was fighting for was worth the sacrifice. In those days, Huckleberry Finn was also part of my arsenal of defenses against those who questioned my decision to major in literature during the black revolution; for me, it served to justify art itself not just as entertainment but as equipment for living and even as a form of political action. For here was a book whose message of freedom had been so forcefully articulated that it was still sounding clearly all these years later, all over the world. What was I doing in the 1960s, 1970s, and beyond that was as courageous and selfless (and yet as individually self-defining)-as profoundly revolutionary-as Huck's act of helping to rescue Jim?

And yet I do have to say that even in those student days of first discovering this novel, I was troubled by the figure of Jim, with whom, from the very beginning, I found it impossible to identify. Though as a college sophomore or junior I wrote an earnest essay in defense of Jim as a wise man whose "superstitions" could be read as connections to a proud "African" system of communal beliefs and earned adjustments to a turbulent and dangerous new world, it was definitely Huck whose point of view I adopted, while Jim remained a shadowy construction whose buffoonery and will to cooperate with white folks' foolishness embarrassed and infuriated me. Then too the novel's casual uses of the word "nigger" always made my stomach tighten. Years later, when I read about black students, parents, and teachers who objected to the novel's repeated use of this inflammatory word, I knew just what they meant. Lord knows, as a student I had sat in classes where "Nigger Jim" (that much-bandied title never once used by Twain but weirdly adopted by innumerable teachers and scholars, including some of the best and brightest, as we shall see) was discussed by my well-intentioned white classmates and professors whose love of the novel evidently was unimpeded by this brutal language. (Did some of them delight in the license to use this otherwise taboo term? What might that have meant?)

Using some of these ideas about democracy and race (including some of my doubts and questions), for fifteen years I taught Huckleberry Finn at Howard, at Wesleyan, and then at Barnard. And then somehow my battered paperback, my several lectures, and my fat folder of articles by some of the novel's great critics-Eliot, Hemingway, Ellison, Trilling, Robert Penn Warren, Henry Nash Smith-all were set aside. I suppose that one problem was simply that the book was taught too much-that students came to me having worn out their own copies already. And too often they seemed to respond not to the book itself but to bits and pieces of the classic hymns of critical (and uncritical) praise, grist for the term-paper-writer and standardized-test-taker's mill. In recent years, when I wanted to teach Twain again, I turned to the novel Pudd'nhead Wilson, with its own tangled problems of racial and national masks and masquerades; to short fiction and essays (including perhaps his funniest piece of writing, "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses"; see "For Further Reading"), and to The Mysterious Stranger, in which wry, darkly wise Satan drops in on a hamlet very much like the ones of Twain's best-known fictions, including Huckleberry Finn. One of Satan's messages is close to Huck's, too: that it is better to be dead than to endure the ordinary villager's humdrum (and very violent) life.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 683 reviews.
mopheen More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my daughter because her school has banned this book along with several others from both the public and private school systems here in the good 'ol US of A. Many of my daughters teachers repeatably asked me to not purchase this book because this book represents free thought and wasn't politically correct. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? IT'S MARK TWAIN... Yeah the good 'ol suppression is alive and well here in America... :(
MCastonguay More than 1 year ago
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - A Review It's nearly impossible to go through life in America without hearing about Mark Twain's classic novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as well as The Adventures Huckleberry Finn. One might assume that it's necessary to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in order to truly understand the plot of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, fortunately, this is not the case. In fact, the mature humor, controversial topics, and touching moments are in abundance within this iconic story. Issues including slavery, thievery, and dishonesty are dealt with by Huck Finn, the central character, throughout the novel. Although these adventures Huck experiences might sound more appealing to young children, the messages each one offers are ageless, and furthermore, timeless. Written over a hundred years ago, Twain's writing was truly ahead of its time. By using humor as a vehicle to challenge some of society's vices, he keeps readers entertained yet interested. He once said, "Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand." By poking fun at society, Twain challenges issues including slavery by proving that a black man is just as good, if not better, than a white man. At times, the story is just light-hearted fun, but balances out when the Duke and Dauphin arrive and the ambience darkens. Twain uses a plethora of literary devices to further enhance the reader's adventure. By using colloquialism, readers get a true understanding of the true setting of the Deep South. It's quite possible that one might burst out laughing by their dialect. It's crucial to not assume that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will be a light read. The novel is rich with thought provoking ideas about life, therefore making the story relevant to readers today. Ultimately, this novel of a young boy's journey through life should not be missed out on, considering that without reading this book, one would miss the opportunity to read a eternal tale that has warmed the hearts of so many.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This rigorous adventure of the sequel of yet another classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, tells the tale of a young boy, Huckleberry Finn (Huck), who seeks an adventure of his own. The adventures of Huck and his companion, Jim - a slave of Huck's widowed guardian, take place alongside the Mississippi River in the Deep South. Previous to when the adventures begins, Huck had lived with a widowed woman who owned Jim (the slave); however, soon after the novel starts, Huck gets kidnapped by his brutal, abusive, alcoholic father and is taken to a shed-like, abandoned cabin. His Pap keeps a close eye on Huck and locks him in, fearing that he would escape or be taken from him. By one day faking his own murder, Huck quickly escapes, and on his way out finds Jim who has also succeeded at running away; they both take off! Living and traveling on a raft, the mismatched yet extremely compatible pair take on the fun-filled, exaggerated adventures, creating a satirical impression of the bizarre culture of the Deep South. Their adventures include coming across a circus, a shipwreck, a funeral, frauds, and more all the while sticking together and becoming the best of friends. The growth of their friendship is one of the most amazing and significant of the things in the novel that withstands the terrible remarks and actions of continued slavery and profound racism that exist. A recurring theme and symbol is that of the Mississippi River, which symbolizes the freedom of the individual (or in this case the inseparable dynamic duo) on which Huck and Jim travel on through their childish pranks, adventures, and nostalgic incidences that they repeatedly encounter. The strong southern twang and diction that Mark Twain heavily incorporates into the novel through the dialect between characters and through the thoughts of Huck himself is remarkable and extraordinarily unique. There was nothing in this novel that seemed out of place or that proved to result in distaste. This timeless classic is one that everyone should read due to the rich symbolism and culture that the reader experiences with Huck and Jim. Overall, a cleverly put together and humorous read that will leave the reader satisfied.
PageMaster3 More than 1 year ago
This book is a guide to growing up. Filled with life lessons, and ethical quandries, Mark Twain weaves a story that is repeated throught mythology and legand. A boy grows to find that the way he was raised may be incorrect. You will be impressed by the complexity of this seemingly simple book.
Zack58 More than 1 year ago
Zackery Eades The book The adventures of Huckleberry Fin, by Mark Twain is one of the most symbolic books I have ever read. Huck escapes down the river from a horribly abusive father and bad life. Huck finds Jim, a runaway slave, and tells him to leave the island and go down stream with him because people are coming for him. The two travel down stream at night and sleep during the day because there afraid someone would take Jim away if they saw him just because he is black. They encounter many side adventures on there way: getting separated, family feuds, fake dolphins and dukes, and scams. The main event is how Jim gets captured and how Huck throughout the adventure overcomes what he has been taught his entire life, which blacks are not people and are lower than him, and breaks him out of slavery. The book has so many symbols, but one of the main ones is that the river represents freedom and safety but it is ironic that it is taken Jim deeper into slave territory. I loved this book and enjoyed reading it. It is full of excitement and adventure and it has many life lessons that could be learned. Some that I learned is revenge is a horrible thing to get deep into; with the Grangerfords who where good people but got rapped up in revenge and grudges and all end up dead. I love how Huck as a character changes his views completely and grows up and draws his own conclusions on slavery and acts out on it. The book did not leave the reader hanging at the end which I really like because I do not want to be made to read another book to find out the ending, and it makes me lose interest. The symbolism in this book I find absolutely amazing. Two books I recommend if you like this book is The adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain and Moby Dick, by Herman Melvilles.
ballet-shoes More than 1 year ago
This book is full of wonder and adventure. I was crazy to read this book always hearing it was so good. Well my ears did not fool me, this book was utterly amazing. From the plot to the language it was incredibly unique and had humor,drama,suspense, and most of all,obviously, adventure. I think everyone should read this classic because they will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twains masterpiece, Huck Finn, is the greatest piece of literature written on American soil. There is no equal.
BookReader75 More than 1 year ago
I think that honestly I enjoyed Tom Sawyer a bit better. Huckleberry Finn is NOT far behind! A great tale of childhood, although I still am a child whenever I read this book, I am not sure if I am the only one I wanted to do something extremely adventuros of some sort! The characters are amazing, the plot is ok for the story. And it is filled with adventure, and the pleasures of boyhood. A must read classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hemingway said that American literature started with Huckleberry Finn, and that there has been nothing as good since. I agree. It has been said that you should read this book every ten years, that you will gain something new from it each time. It is funny and wise and a brilliant satire on racism and other stupidities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not recieve tge whole book after buy only the frist chapter after paying $3.99 not very happy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone that really appreciates America Literature Would truly agree that this is "ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN' With Mr Twains touch for humour and his touch for the serious side!! This is one of the BEST BOOKS I have ever read. Having read this book when I was 10 years old, I did not really understand what was really happening. At the age of 64 I can truly Appericate This as I have seen it in a WHOLE NEW LIGHT I would truly reccomend this to anyone that would like to take A look at THE OLD DAYS11 Try this U will LIKE IT11
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Originally released in 1885, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been both hailed as a classic and shunned as offensive and racist trash. It has been included in school curriculums and banned from public libraries. The polarized opinions of the novel is only increasing, and while the book contains language that no classroom should read aloud, the ideas in Mark Twain&rsquo;s novel are still relevant today. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes place in a small town on the Mississippi River prior to the civil war and is told through the eyes of a boy named Huckleberry Finn. It is learned that Huck is an uneducated, impressionable, but clever young boy who lives with a Widow. The Widow and her sister are trying to &ldquo;civilize&rdquo; Huck by making him wear nice clothes, attend school, and go to church. Since the common ideals of society have not been ingrained in Huck, he rationalizes and criticizes the things he is told. It is at this point when the reader begins to realize how effective Huck&rsquo;s point of view is as a protagonist. However, it is once Huck&rsquo;s belligerent and drunken father kidnaps him; resulting in Huck&rsquo;s escape and discovery of Jim, a runaway slave, when this effectiveness is fully realized. Since the protagonist lacks a traditional upbringing, his unbiased perspective points out all the contradictions society exhibits. This is what makes Huckleberry Finn still relevant today; the novel is social commentary and addresses the hypocrisy of society, not just in racism&hellip; but in religion, aristocracy, and morality. One heavily criticized element of the novel which supports this theme is the character of Jim. Jim is not particularly assertive and finds himself at the mercy of most characters of the novel. However, this is not to be mistaken as Twain being &ldquo;racist&rdquo;; the author has created a character who does no wrong. When readers discover Jim at the mercy of manipulative and cruel characters, they will give their complete support for Jim and contrast him with the ironically sinful &ldquo;free men&rdquo; of the novel. Of course, the novel is not just social commentary. It is a journey for Huck&rsquo;s character who learns to create his own opinions about society from his wild adventures down the Mississippi with Jim. It is a coming of age story with a realistic depiction of speech from the time period it is meant to portray. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is not racist trash and those willing to understand the novel will understand why the novel is considered a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a great book. I knew that this book was by Mark Twain so I thought it was going to be a little hard but it was not. It did have some hard parts but overall it was not a hard book to read. This book is a sequel to Tom Sawyer. This book is about a young boy living in the age before the Civil War happened. Huckleberry lives with a woman named the Widow and he also has a drunk for a father. One of his closest friends is Tom Sawyer. One day His father steals him and takes him to an area where no one can find them. Because his father drinks and hits him, Huckleberry runs away from his father. On the run Huckleberry meets a slave named Jim also on the run. Over all this book was very good and I enjoyed it. One thing I liked about the book was that it was not that hard to read but at the same time I think that some parts should have been easier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is by far a book worth reading. This messages conveyed in the book and the way the plot come together help to make the book captivating. I would definitly suggest this book to others. I had to read it for school and thought it would be another book that i had to bear with, but instead it turned out to be a great book with an amazing plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the book that catapulted me into the world of classic books. This book has action, suspense, a thrill that makes you get so into what your reading you cant just put it down. It has a level of drama that maked you hate the bad guys and love the good guys. It has some political aspects concerning social class of people which was Concern back in that time. This book is a continuation of "Tom Sawyer" .your simply gonna love it. It belongs in everyones library. This is a must read for anyone.
chuck-c More than 1 year ago
I know there has been a lot of controversy regarding the language in this book. If you read it with the understanding that the language is an integral part of the era, I think the book has even more impact. I haven't read read this book in over 40 years but I am glad I decided to read it again. Even though it is a work of fiction, it delivers a vivid history lesson of the life and attitudes of the pre-civil war era.
0593 More than 1 year ago
Even though it is a classic, it is still a fabulous book that takes you back to childhood sometimes.
kittens11021 More than 1 year ago
great classi c.
Awesomemanjohnson More than 1 year ago
This captivating story about a uneducated boy named Huck takes you on a thrilling roller-coaster ride through souther Missouri. Mark Twain did a phenominal job. He really expressed the ignorance of Southern people when it comes to slavery.
thirsting_for_knowledge More than 1 year ago
this is a great book for anyone wanting to look for an adventure story. well worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic that should be read by youth and by adults, lots of fun.
-_Kristopher_- More than 1 year ago
Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has long been a favorite of teachers, students, and parents-to both enjoy and criticize. Even after over a controversy-filled century in print, this timeless novel holds a much deserved reputation as one of the finest works of American literature. The story centers on a poor, rascal of a boy, Huck Finn, who is forced to leave his "home." With nowhere in particular to go and no responsibilities tying him down, Huck embarks on a journey floating down the Mississippi River on a raft. However, a carefree existence never completely materializes for Huck, as he comes across a variety of obstacles throughout his voyage. Perhaps the most trying tribulation Huck encounters is when he meets an escaped slave, Jim. This poses both a moral and practical dilemma-Huck becomes close friends with Jim, and would like to help him escape from bondage. However, in Huck's antebellum South, this is illegal, and even the uncivilized Huck deals with immense guilt over the prospect of committing such a heinous crime. Additionally, if their plot is discovered, both would be in prodigious trouble with the law. All of the secrecy and deception merely adds to the fun for both the reader and the young, mischievous subject. This text is important both for the innovations it presented at the time it was first published, and for its continued meaning today. Although the book has been criticized in modern times for its use of racial slurs and for being, in general, politically incorrect, these aspects merely reflect the historical nature of the novel. The lessons it presents on judgment and racism, on doing what is right, love, and friendship will forever resonate with generations of new readers. The ability of a reader to lose him or herself along the path of Huck's adventures, get caught up in the honesty of his emotions, and chuckle at the numerous demonstrations of Twain's uniquely wry wit contribute to the lasting positive impression of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
TJB_from_college_comp More than 1 year ago
For starters this is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who likes adventure. Now that that¿s out of the way, this book is set just before the civil war era, in Missouri and on the Mississippi river. Mark twain uses a great dialect and vocabulary in this book, it really brings you back to the time the book was wrote, and paints a vivid image of what the scene would look like if it were a movie. Although the vocabulary is very good I would get an audio tape of this book unless you are very good at pronunciation, because some of the speech is southern and not always spelled right to give you a feel for how the characters are supposed to talk. There is very much racist language so if your offended by that, this book maybe not the perfect book for you, there is a lot of use of the ¿N¿ word, which can scare off some people. Mark Twain does a brilliant job of depicting what it must have been like in those times. This book could almost be used for a middle school U.S. history class because of its historical accuracy about New Orleans, slaves traveling to the north in hope of freedom, and the education system and how many people viewed it. This book does have some softhearted spots as well, as the friend ship between Huck and Jim develops. As the story progresses you start to see more and more of Tom Sawyer influence Huck, how he creates these outrageous stories and tricks people and he even mentions many times that is what tom would have done, which I find strange because through out the whole book tom is involved very seldomly. To bring this review to an end, if words scare you probably not the best book choice, but if you like to read, love adventure, or just looking for something to read because you have to for school this is an all around great book.
maddog More than 1 year ago
The book "Adventures of Hucklebery Finn" is a very intersting and suspenceful book with many toching sences. This book is about Huckleberry Finn, a poor boy with a drinking father that has no job, and his friend Tom Sawyer, a middle-class boy with a crazy magination that found a robber's stash of gold. As a result of his adventure Huck got a part of that. Huck also became adopted by Widow Douglas. I like this book because it shows how much Huck was trying to put in effort in his life. He changes by his manners and how now he goes to school and church. But Tom is off to no good that leads into trouble. This book is very good and I hope the next reader injoys it as much as i did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is about a young boy who is in search for freedom and adventure the book is based by Mississippi river . Huck is kidnapped by his drunken father he kidnaps his son because he wants six thousand dollars from him. Huck received six thousands dollars from the treasure that him and Tom Sawyer found. Huck finally get away from the deserted house in the middle of nowhere and gets a canoe to get off the river. Instead of going back to the town he runs away he is tired of the people and laws of the town. He meets a guy named Jim Ms. Watsons slave and they spend many days together traveling down the river. Both in the search for freedom. While Huck and Jim travel down the river they have many adventures and have many long talks they become best friends. They stole a lot of things from the house and find a wrecked ship and get mixed up in murders. They get separated after a steam boat hits their canoe. Huck has a run in with the Grangerfords and the Shepherdsons two families at war with each other. They they meet the king and duke and get in a good deal of trouble performing plays the king and the duke pretend to be Peter Wilks long lost brothers from England and try to steal all the money left in his will. Huck finally gets rid of them but is left to search for Jim who gets sold by the King. He ends up at Tom Sawyer's Aunt Sally's house, where Tom and Huck rescue Jim. Through all of the adventures down the river, Huck learns a variety of life lessons and improves as a person. He develops a ethics and truly feels for humanity. The difficulty of his character is enhanced by his ability to relate so easily with nature and the river