Throwback Thursday – this is a weekly event hosted by Jenny @ http://www.takemeawayreading.com/ is the time each week to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book — how about even a classic!
My Throwback is:
“Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain
Huckleberry Finn, rebel against school and church, casual inheritor of gold treasure, rafter of the Mississippi, and savior of Jim the runaway slave, is the archetypical American maverick.
Fleeing the respectable society that wants to “sivilize” him, Huck Finn shoves off with Jim on a rhapsodic raft journey down the Mississippi River. The two bind themselves to one another, becoming intimate friends and agreeing “there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.”
As Huck learns about love, responsibility, and morality, the trip becomes a metaphoric voyage through his own soul, culminating in the glorious moment when he decides to “go to hell” rather than return Jim to slavery.
Mark Twain defined classic as “a book which people praise and don’t read”; Huckleberry Finn is a happy exception to his own rule. Twain’s mastery of dialect, coupled with his famous wit, has made Adventures of Huckleberry Finn one of the most loved and distinctly American classics ever written.
Mark Twain captures the interesting, although very racist, culture of Southern United States in the 1800’s. The Adventure of Huckleberry Fin were interesting, funny, and entertaining. if a book like this was written today, it would cause great turmoil and controversy. However, recognizing that that was how people actually talked and thought during that time period, you have to consider that this novel probably was not offensive in Mark Twain’s day.