Monday, August 3, 2009

Huck Finn - Introduction

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is Mark Twain's sequel to the children's book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

We're all familiar with the basic story: Huck and Jim (a slave) run away from Missouri for various reasons, and raft down the Mississippi River, having various adventures along the way.

While Tom Sawyer was emphatically a children's book, Huck Finn is far less oriented toward the young reader. The issues and ethics running through the book make it a controversial book for most readers. The emphatic use of dialect in the book makes the reading even more challenging.

We'll be talking about some of the contemporary issues Twain was looking at in the book, as well as the current issues the book evokes.

There's almost 150 pages of Criticism, by 18 different authors, in our database Literary Criticism Online, about Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This is one of those books that Important Intellectuals love to Read and Discuss (endlessly and in excruciating detail).

We won't be doing that. Let's read this, enjoy, it, and see if we can't learn some cool stuff along the way.

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