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The adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain; E W Kemble
Publisher: Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader's Digest Association, ©1986.
Series: World's best reading.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The adventures of a young boy traveling down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave.
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Genre/Form: Action and adventure fiction
Fiction
Adventure fiction
Humorous fiction
Bildungsromans
Named Person: Huckleberry Finn, (Fictitious character); Huckleberry Finn, (Fictitious character)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Twain; E W Kemble
ISBN: 0895772523 9780895772527
OCLC Number: 14702826
Description: 304 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Twain spent seven years writing "Huckleberry Finn" --
the book Hemingway claimed is the basis for all American fiction. The story of Huck's and Jim's quest for freedom on a raft on the Mississippi provides a panoramic view of Southern society, which Twain saw as beset by greed, violence, and coldhearted brutality in the guise of virtue. At the end of the book, Huck definitively abandons the hypocrisy and cant on which he has been raised when he makes the shocking decision to go to hell rather than betray his friend Jim and send him back to slavery. The book has been banned from time to time, beginning with its publication in 1885, when it was deemed too subversive for children, until the late 20th century when, despite its compassionate attitude toward blacks and is violent denunciation of slavery, it has been branded racist because of Twain's use of dialect and "offensive" language. In addition to its message of tolerance and understanding, "Huckleberry Finn" continues to be read, talked about, and loved by readers of all ages because it's a cracking good coming-of-age story full of vivid characters and hilarious events --
and because Twain's relentlessly clear-eyed angle of vision sees beneath the foibles and absurdities of humanity to the common ground that we all share.
Series Title: World's best reading.
Other Titles: Huckleberry Finn.
Responsibility: Mark Twain ; illustrations by E.W. Kemble ; afterword by Brander Matthews.

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The adventures of a young boy traveling down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave.

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