Sunday, March 05, 2006

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

This is a Whole and Healing Book. I really enjoyed reading this one. Mark Twain has an interesting way of telling about serious things in a funny way. This story is a classic in American Literature. It takes place before the civil war.
The main character is a boy named Huck. He is telling the story from his own perspective. He is the son of the town drunkard. He is a very realistic child, doesn't have a sense of humor and is very literal when faced with problems and life in general. He has common sense and this helps him tremendously as he gets into trouble or out of trouble. He doesn't want to conform to society and sets out on a lovely adventure to escape his dad (beats him all the time), the Widow Douglas (Huck's unofficial guardian that wants to civilize him), and being bored. He makes friends with a slave named Jim. He eventually comes to the point where he respects and admires Jim and would even go to "HELL" to help him. Even though he is a slave.
I liked this book because it was so well written I could imagine what it was like to actually be there myself. Floating down the Mississippi river on a raft and meeting people, or avoiding people, carefree...too bad Huck had to go back in the end. I bet he didn't stay for long.

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