Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Complete and Unabridged: With Illustrations [Remastered for NOOK]

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Complete and Unabridged: With Illustrations [Remastered for NOOK]

by Mark Twain

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Overview

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.
-Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in England in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written in the vernacular, characterized by local color regionalism. It is told in the first person by Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, a friend of Tom Sawyer and narrator of two other Twain novels (Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective). It is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Satirizing a Southern antebellum society that had ceased to exist about twenty years before the work was published, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly racism.

Perennially popular with readers, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has also been the continued object of study by serious literary critics since its publication. It was criticized upon release because of its coarse language and became even more controversial in the 20th century because of its perceived use of racial stereotypes and because of its frequent use of the racial slur "nigger", despite strong arguments that the protagonist, and the tenor of the book, is anti-racist.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940015849226
Publisher: Literary Classic Collection
Publication date: 11/02/2011
Series: Literary Classic Collection , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 291,930
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," which became very popular and brought nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well received. Twain had found his calling.

He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

He lacked financial acumen, and though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.

Twain was born during a visit by Halley's Comet, and he predicted that he would "go out with it" as well. He died the day following the comet's subsequent return. He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age," and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature."

Date of Birth:

November 30, 1835

Date of Death:

April 21, 1910

Place of Birth:

Florida, Missouri

Place of Death:

Redding, Connecticut

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Lit_Genius More than 1 year ago
The book is brilliant in its portrayal of the racist mindset--not just because of its liberal use of the n word, but because of Huck's inability to be transformed. Yes, once in a while he admits to Jim's humanity, but he consistently reverts to his familiar ways. I know critics like to see a lot in Huck's words "They're after us," but they say very little to prop up the argument that Huck bonds with Jim. Huck wants to use Jim for his own ends rather than really see Jim's emotions, intelligence, and cunning. I must admit that I just don't get Jim's devotion to Huck. After Huck abandons Jim for drowned, if he were a real character, he should have gone back north to Cairo and eventual freedom. I just can't believe that any runaway slave would hitch himself to the slave owning mentality of someone like Huck. Jim is a man who wants to be free, so he can free his wife and children. Why does he waste his time being the racist's vision of a noble slave who sticks with Huck. That just simply lacks verisimilitude. Ultimately I just lose faith in Twain. The book falls apart, Huck would rather align himself with Tom than with his conscience. And Twain wanted Kemble to be the illustrator (according to UVa's website). What up with that? Yes, it should be read along with the criticism on both sides. Maybe if Huck were alive today, he'd go on a rant in a comedy club, and we'd see him for what he is in grainy video instead of in this problematic novel.
ClassicReaderBW More than 1 year ago
First of all this is a great NOOK version of Huck Finn. I have purchased too many NOOK novels and been disapointed. Its TOC actually works and there are hundreds of illustrations throughout the novel. Well done and now about Tom and Huck. 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.