The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Large Print - 2005?
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Mark Twain created one of America's best-loved fictional characters in Huckleberry Finn. Recounting the exploits of the imaginative adolescent as he and the runaway slave, Jim, raft down the Mississippi River, Twain ultimately addresses far deeper themes--man's inhumanity to man and the hypocrisy of conventional values.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, [2005?]
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780786274888
0786274883
9780783816098
078381609X
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE FICTION TWAIN 2005
Characteristics: 525 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Huckleberry Finn

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(1884)
“The story of Huck and his companion Jim, a runaway slave, as they travel down the Mississippi to escape from slavery and 'sivilization' has been delighting readers around the world since Twain first published it in 1885. It is a masterpiece: revolutionary in its narrative method, surpass... Read More »

Here's the seminal Great American Novel, eternally esteemed and no stranger to controversy. Twain wrote it after slavery was outlawed, and set it in the time when the law of the land still allowed people to be bought and sold. Runaway White boy Huck Finn and runaway Black slave Jim raft a few sta... Read More »


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Using the semi-literate Huck to narrate this tale is very effective at leading to the conclusion that even an unschooled child can reach the conclusion that owning another person is not right or fair. The only problem is that in order to use this tool, the readers are forced to read a whole novel written in the style of an illiterate river boy with entire paragraphs by an even more illiterate slave. If you can endure the slang and language it is a wonderful story, just hard to read.

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Tono777
Feb 25, 2016

Best book ever

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vv19
Jan 06, 2016

A great adventure after another. Huck surprises you with his willingness of lying to protect a friend. The bonds of friendship as surpassed with Huck and Jim. In the end this classic novel is a part of history and culture that defines us as a country and of the type of people we are.

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jaedlcjsdl
Jan 12, 2015

Pretty good but Tom Sawyer was better

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Nymeria23
Oct 01, 2014

While it wasn't exactly a fun, looking-forward-to-reading-this type of book, I felt like Twain used his style to accurately depicted the life, language, and ideals of a boy living in these times, growing up in these situations. It felt very authentic. I didn't much like Tom, though. He sort of pissed me off by the end of the book.

nmukhammad Aug 19, 2014

Gloomier than previous book of Mark Twain. Illustrated harsh, dark times of slavery better than some textbooks. Very self-indulging once begin it, you cannot stop till the end.

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ABenoit
Mar 16, 2014

I liked it. It was the perfect mix of cute and deep.

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slooper
Feb 10, 2014

Laughed until I cried for several pages for the first time in years. I had to stop to catch my breath to make it paragraph by paragraph. This book is good therapy for the soul as well as engaging literature. I didn't appreciate it as a teenager the way I do now at 46.

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GerryD
Jun 19, 2013

Considered one of the Top 10 classic novels (my #6) of the western world. Contains humour, and many interesting characters and situations as the boys travel the Mississippi by raft. See my GerryD Lists for other great novels.

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dbed
Sep 04, 2012

Historically interesting, but very hard to read due to the accents of the characters.

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violet_dog_6900 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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vv19
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vv19 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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jaedlcjsdl
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blue_horse_2508 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Eithelen
Jul 29, 2012

Eithelen thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Sangkari_29
Apr 27, 2012

Sangkari_29 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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vv19
Jan 06, 2016

Violence: Murder, beatings and torture. Child abuse and slavery are topics throughout the novel.

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jaedlcjsdl
Jan 28, 2015

Coarse Language: swear words and inappropriate language

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Sangkari_29
Apr 27, 2012

Coarse Language: There is some inappropriate words such as ; nigger

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Sangkari_29
Apr 27, 2012

Other: Racism

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Eithelen
Jul 30, 2012

"You don't know about me, without you have a read a book by the name of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly. There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth. That is nothing. I never seen anybody but lies, one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybe Mary. Aunt Polly - Tom's Aunt Polly, she it - and Mary, and the Widow Douglas, is all told about in that book - which is mostly a true book; with some stretchers, as I said before."
-Opening

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Eithelen
Jul 29, 2012

"Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative with 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 Ordnance.

Madymino Jul 01, 2012

"Now, we'll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer's Gang. Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath, and write his name in blood." -Tom Sawyer

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nmukhammad Aug 19, 2014

Huck is none too thrilled with his new life of cleanliness, manners, church, and school. However, he sticks it out at the bequest of Tom Sawyer, who tells him that in order to take part in Tom’s new “robbers’ gang,” Huck must stay “respectable.” All is well and good until Huck’s brutish, drunken father, Pap, reappears in town and demands Huck’s money. The local judge, Judge Thatcher, and the Widow try to get legal custody of Huck, but another well-intentioned new judge in town believes in the rights of Huck’s natural father and even takes the old drunk into his own home in an attempt to reform him. This effort fails miserably, and Pap soon returns to his old ways. He hangs around town for several months, harassing his son, who in the meantime has learned to read and to tolerate the Widow’s attempts to improve him. Finally, outraged when the Widow Douglas warns him to stay away from her house, Pap kidnaps Huck and holds him in a cabin across the river from St. Petersburg.........

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Sangkari_29
Apr 27, 2012

A boy named Huck leaves his village making his father(who is trying to take money of him), The old man 9 who is meant to be his guardian). think that he is dead. He goes to an island and stays therer while he realizes a man named Jim(he is Mrs Watsons servant) is staying there too.

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