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The great American writer Ernest Hemingway, had this to say about Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn: "All modern, literature, stems from this one book." In this quintessential American novel, Tom Sawyer's best friend, Huckleberry Finn, travels down the Mississippi River on a raft with a slave named Jim, getting himself in and out of danger along the way.
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I understand that this book was considered The Great American Novel for it's time period, but it didn't resonate with me. Part of it was the character of Huck, part of it was the seemingly scattershot nature of his adventures on the Mississippi River (it certainly wasn't the language, I have no problem with that in this or any other book), but by the time the story got to the fued between the Grangerfords and the Shepardsons, I had checked out of the story. The rest was one of the toughest slogs I've ever had to get through in reading. (Each time it was for a class assignment--the last time was to see if I had the wrong idea about the book,. I wasn't) I won't be reading it again.more
I think I liked this book better than [book:Tom Sawyer], but that may be because of the dramatization of the voices -- different actors doing the different voices made it easier to follow the dialogue in audio.

Good to have finally read this American classic.more
I've read this several times, most recently, I think, to my son when he was about 4 years old (really!) I don't really know what The Great American Novel is, but I think if someone from another country or universe were to read only one American novel, this would be it. Excuse me, I got to light out for the territory now.more
It was easy to imagine myself as Huck Finn as a kid even though my life bared little obvious resemblance to his. However, my childhood was one of freedom and adventure and I felt like I had found a literary soul brother in Huck as I read about his adventures. While mine weren't on the scale of his many were far removed.more
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I understand that this book was considered The Great American Novel for it's time period, but it didn't resonate with me. Part of it was the character of Huck, part of it was the seemingly scattershot nature of his adventures on the Mississippi River (it certainly wasn't the language, I have no problem with that in this or any other book), but by the time the story got to the fued between the Grangerfords and the Shepardsons, I had checked out of the story. The rest was one of the toughest slogs I've ever had to get through in reading. (Each time it was for a class assignment--the last time was to see if I had the wrong idea about the book,. I wasn't) I won't be reading it again.more
I think I liked this book better than [book:Tom Sawyer], but that may be because of the dramatization of the voices -- different actors doing the different voices made it easier to follow the dialogue in audio.

Good to have finally read this American classic.more
I've read this several times, most recently, I think, to my son when he was about 4 years old (really!) I don't really know what The Great American Novel is, but I think if someone from another country or universe were to read only one American novel, this would be it. Excuse me, I got to light out for the territory now.more
It was easy to imagine myself as Huck Finn as a kid even though my life bared little obvious resemblance to his. However, my childhood was one of freedom and adventure and I felt like I had found a literary soul brother in Huck as I read about his adventures. While mine weren't on the scale of his many were far removed.more
Audiobook. The narration was good, but I didn't care all that much for the story. I preferred Tom Sawyer's story to Huck's.more
I'm listening to the audio version read by Elijah Woods. He did a great job with the dialects, and the story is of course a classic, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I love the characters, though - it's amazing how good Twain is at creating unique lovable characters.more
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