Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Original & Unabridged (Paperback)
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This is the original and unabridged text of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. It is commonly named among the Great American Novels.
The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Set in a Southern society that had ceased to exist about twenty years before the work was published.
Huck struggles not only with the challenges of his strenuous journey, but also with the 19th century social climate and the role it forces on him regarding the slave Jim. Throughout the story, Huck is in moral conflict with the received values of the society in which he lives, and while he is unable to consciously refute those values even in his thoughts, he makes a moral choice based on his own valuation of Jim's friendship and human worth, a decision in direct opposition to the things he has been taught.
Mark Twain, in his lecture notes, proposes that "a sound heart is a surer guide than an ill-trained conscience" and goes on to describe the novel as ..".a book of mine where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision and conscience suffers defeat".
Twain began his career writing light, humorous verse, but evolved into a chronicler of the vanities, hypocrisies and murderous acts of mankind. At mid-career, with Huckleberry Finn, he combined rich humor, sturdy narrative and social criticism. Twain was a master at rendering colloquial speech and helped to create and popularize a distinctive American literature built on American themes and language.
"Mark Twain gave pleasure - real intellectual enjoyment - to millions, and his works will continue to give such pleasure to millions yet to come ... His humor was American, but he was nearly as much appreciated by Englishmen and people of other countries as by his own countrymen. He has made an enduring part of American literature." &emdash; President William Howard Taft