The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions) [NOOK Book]

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It seems like an idyllic scene from the antebellum South: A carefree young country boy and his happy companion glide down the Mississippi on a raft, smoking pipes and chattering amiably­—but nothing in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is what it seems.

     Fresh from his escapades with Tom Sawyer, with six-thousand dollars in the bank and the Widow Douglas as his guardian, Huck Finn faces unforeseen challenges. He bridles under the Widow’s and Miss Watson’s attempts to “sivilize” him­, as ...

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

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Overview

It seems like an idyllic scene from the antebellum South: A carefree young country boy and his happy companion glide down the Mississippi on a raft, smoking pipes and chattering amiably­—but nothing in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is what it seems.

     Fresh from his escapades with Tom Sawyer, with six-thousand dollars in the bank and the Widow Douglas as his guardian, Huck Finn faces unforeseen challenges. He bridles under the Widow’s and Miss Watson’s attempts to “sivilize” him­, as even Tom insists he become respectable. Then, Huck’s father, Pap, shows up, determined to lay hands on Huck’s fortune. When things don’t go Pap’s way, he kidnaps Huck.  

     Escaping from Pap, Huck meets Miss Watson’s slave, Jim, who has run away after learning that Miss Watson may sell him. Jim plans to head north, find work, and buy his wife and children out of slavery. Huck joins him on a salvaged raft, but due to fog, they pass the mouth of the Ohio River and drift into a world more perilous for Jim than the one they’ve left behind, where disguise and duplicity are as essential as air.

     Telling his story in an innocent, sometimes crude vernacular, Huck struggles to understand the bizarre characters and events he and Jim encounter. The result is a spirited satire, not just of the old South, but of human frailty in all its self-deluding forms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435140998
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 118,858
  • File size: 700 KB

Meet the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835 and raised in nearby Hannibal, a port on the Mississippi River. He discovered his love of writing while employed at his brother’s newspaper, but worked as a riverboat pilot and newspaper reporter before his humorous stories made him one of America’s most popular and beloved writers. He died in 1910. 

Biography

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri; his family moved to the port town of Hannibal four years later. His father, an unsuccessful farmer, died when Twain was eleven. Soon afterward the boy began working as an apprentice printer, and by age sixteen he was writing newspaper sketches. He left Hannibal at eighteen to work as an itinerant printer in New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. From 1857 to 1861 he worked on Mississippi steamboats, advancing from cub pilot to licensed pilot.

After river shipping was interrupted by the Civil War, Twain headed west with his brother Orion, who had been appointed secretary to the Nevada Territory. Settling in Carson City, he tried his luck at prospecting and wrote humorous pieces for a range of newspapers. Around this time he first began using the pseudonym Mark Twain, derived from a riverboat term. Relocating to San Francisco, he became a regular newspaper correspondent and a contributor to the literary magazine the Golden Era. He made a five-month journey to Hawaii in 1866 and the following year traveled to Europe to report on the first organized tourist cruise. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches (1867) consolidated his growing reputation as humorist and lecturer.

After his marriage to Livy Langdon, Twain settled first in Buffalo, New York, and then for two decades in Hartford, Connecticut. His European sketches were expanded into The Innocents Abroad (1869), followed by Roughing It (1872), an account of his Western adventures; both were enormously successful. Twain's literary triumphs were offset by often ill-advised business dealings (he sank thousands of dollars, for instance, in a failed attempt to develop a new kind of typesetting machine, and thousands more into his own ultimately unsuccessful publishing house) and unrestrained spending that left him in frequent financial difficulty, a pattern that was to persist throughout his life.

Following The Gilded Age (1873), written in collaboration with Charles Dudley Warner, Twain began a literary exploration of his childhood memories of the Mississippi, resulting in a trio of masterpieces --The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Life on the Mississippi (1883), and finally The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), on which he had been working for nearly a decade. Another vein, of historical romance, found expression in The Prince and the Pauper (1882), the satirical A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), and Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896), while he continued to draw on his travel experiences in A Tramp Abroad (1880) and Following the Equator (1897). His close associates in these years included William Dean Howells, Bret Harte, and George Washington Cable, as well as the dying Ulysses S. Grant, whom Twain encouraged to complete his memoirs, published by Twain's publishing company in 1885.

For most of the 1890s Twain lived in Europe, as his life took a darker turn with the death of his daughter Susy in 1896 and the worsening illness of his daughter Jean. The tone of Twain's writing also turned progressively more bitter. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894), a detective story hinging on the consequences of slavery, was followed by powerful anti-imperialist and anticolonial statements such as 'To the Person Sitting in Darkness' (1901), 'The War Prayer' (1905), and 'King Leopold's Soliloquy' (1905), and by the pessimistic sketches collected in the privately published What Is Man? (1906). The unfinished novel The Mysterious Stranger was perhaps the most uncompromisingly dark of all Twain's later works. In his last years, his financial troubles finally resolved, Twain settled near Redding, Connecticut, and died in his mansion, Stormfield, on April 21, 1910.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Samuel Langhorne Clemens (real name); Sieur Louis de Conte
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1835
    2. Place of Birth:
      Florida, Missouri
    1. Date of Death:
      April 21, 1910
    2. Place of Death:
      Redding, Connecticut

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2000

    A Timeless Classic

    This classic of American literature is perhaps the most misunderstood and maligned book since the Bible. Nobody who has ever actually read the book could ever call it racist. True, it is filled with the 'N' word that decent people find offensive, but it was necessary in the context. This wonderful book is just as powerfully anti-slavery as 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' by Harriett Beecher Stowe, but while her book is still praised, Mark Twain's book is being banned from high school libraries. I first read this book at age 12, and have re-read it at least every two years ever since. I'm in my 40's now, but Huck and Jim take me right back to 12 every time I see them again.

    35 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2009

    Totally One of the Greatest books Ever!!!!

    "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain, is a book about Huckleberry Finn, the namesake of the book. Continuing the events of the last book "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," Huck is living with widow Douglas, who has adopted him. Huck gets bored of the widow trying to civilize him, he runs out and his abusive father finds him. His father takes him in, and Huck tries to get out. He finds an old saw and cuts his way out of the house and fakes his own death. He catches a canoe and hides out on Jackson's island, Huck finds the widow's slave, Jim, who is also hiding out. Tom and Jim build a raft, and escape down the river. <BR/> <BR/> <BR/> During their trip, Huck and Jim meet a few colorful characters, including two feuding families, and two cons who claim to be a king and a duke. Huck may not seem so, but he is very clever, and able to see through the king and dukes' antics, which makes him sick to his stomach. Huck is always trying to do good, and sometimes has a conflict with himself in deciding exactly what is good. One night, he even thinks about turning Jim in, because he feels bad for helping the widow's slave escape. He tells two white men in a canoe to check the raft, claiming his sick uncle to be on it. He ends up convincing them that his uncle has smallpox, so they give him 40 dollars and leave him alone. <BR/> <BR/> <BR/> I think that this book is great. One of the best I've ever read. This book's plot may be a little over-used, a boy helping a slave escape from his master, but you never really know what's going to happen. Mark Twain is one of the best authors from whom I've ever read. This book easily makes me want to read some other books of his. There are twists, turns, and, like a punch to the face in a dark room, you never see them coming. If your okay with a few politically incorrect words (The book was written in the 1800s, when slavery was legal) and you love adventure, I definitley recommend this book to you.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Why can't the flaw be fixed? Why couldn't this be properly trans

    Why can't the flaw be fixed? Why couldn't this be properly transcribed? How about other public domain books. Almost makes me want to return my Nook Tablet.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    this book will not appeal to young people, but is still a classic read. Adventures of tom sawyer is much more interesting.

    5 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Cant read

    The book is awesome but the free version has too many flaws and is not enjoyable to read. Pay the 99 cents and get to reading the actual literature. Google did a poor job on transcription!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Huck finn

    This is a classic that i never read in HS. So i decided to read it now to see what it was about. Must say I did not miss much. Twain is all over the place with this story. Hard to follow to say the least. I never get a feel for the characters. Don't know what any of them are about. They are cartoon like. No depth here.

    I am 3/4 way through. Will post when i finish.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

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    Classic novel, hard to read.

    Although Huck Finn is a classic book and loved by many, I found it hard to read. It was written in many different Southern dialects, and it had sentences like, "How you gwyne git'm? You can't slip up on um en grab um; en how's a body gwyne to hit um wid a rock?" Reading conversation after conversation like this gets old fast. Overall, it was a great story, and the major theme of "looking for freedom" was pretty cool. If it was easier to read, I would have LOVED this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who can stomach weird dialects and old fashioned writing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Good

    It was good becuse of the detil

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2001

    GREAT BOOK!!!

    Huckleberry Finn is a WONDERFUL book!! It is very FUNNY!!! It sould be rated 5 out of 5 stars!!! I had the adapted version read to me .The comprehensive edition I read to myself.The story is about freedom and friendship. Mark Twain did an outstanding job of talking the way people did back then. Anyone will enjoy it. FIVE STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Good quality text scan

    This book was scan and archived by the Microsoft's book scanning project, so the quality is good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Anonymus,on Jan.21

    Awesome!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    I just llove this bio I just love this book

    :D

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Wow really

    Seriously those flaws were not flaws and its called a southern diuloge over all its a great read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Huckle berry Huckleberry finn

    Great book love it

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Amazing

    Loved rhe book

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Yep

    Yep

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Hey its marty

    Wazzzzz upppp:):):):):)

    1 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Awesome

    Must read

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Hate it

    Very bad

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Awsome

    Great book it is awsome. Read it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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