Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Collector's Library)

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Press:CRW Collector's Library; Reprint edition (August 1, 2010)
Publication Date:2004-2
ISBN:9781904633464
Author Name:Mark Twain
Pages:359
Language:English
Edition:Reprint Edition

Content

The story of Huck's escape from his brutal father and the relationship that grows between him and Jim, a slave fleeing an even more brutal oppression, proved enormously influential in the development of American literature.

From Publishers Weekly

Considered the first great American novel, part of Finn's charm is the wisdom and sobering social criticism deftly lurking amongst the seemingly innocent observations of the uneducated Huck and the even-less-educated escaped slave, Jim. 
William Dufris's voice, unpretentious and disarming, like the book's main characters, seems the perfect armature on which to hang this literary strategy.
Although he does an expert job with the entire cast, Dufris's delivery of Jim's dialogue is his crowning achievement.
Out of context, Dufris's Jim might sound mocking and racist, due to his expert delivery of Twain's regional vernacular.
Ignorance and intelligence, however, are not mutually exclusive, and taken as a whole, Jim's mind and heart come shining through, allowing the listener to reflect on their own assumptions.
Tantor Media includes the entire text as a digital e-book on the final CD, a wise and thoughtful move in a market with swift and changing currents.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.
All rights reserved.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-The St. 
Charles Players superbly present the essence of Mark Twain's 1884 classic in this Radio Theatre rendition.
With an 18-person cast, they retell the story in a variety of voices, using many of the author's original words as well as adding their own narrative and conversation.
This audio version allows youngsters to learn of Huckleberry's trip down the Mississippi on a raft in the company of the (allegedly) runaway slave Jim without bogging them down with hard to understand dialect or offensive words.
The style is reminiscent of the Golden Years of Radio drama, with original music and sound effects accompanying the dramatic telling.
The aural quality is good, with clear enunciation.
Although the action follows the book commendably and includes all the events of major importance, this cannot be used as a read-along version.
This is not a drawback, but rather a means of enticing younger students to become acquainted with Twain's work.
It would appeal to teachers or librarians who are looking for a lively way to introduce the classics.
For older students, also consider Trafalgar Square's three-hour The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Sept.
2000, p.
84).-Joanne K.
Hammond, Chambersburg Area Middle School, PACopyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From Library Journal

Though numerous editions of Twain's 1885 novel abound, this is the first to incorporate four previously unknown episodes discovered in 1990 when the first half of the original handwritten manuscript was unearthed. 
This edition also includes the original illustrations as well as photos of 29 original pages and notes by Twain scholar Victor Doyno.
All this at a reasonable price makes Random's comprehensive edition of Huckleberry Finn essential for all libraries.Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Review

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. 
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There was nothing before.
There has been nothing as good since." —Ernest Hemingway

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Book Description

Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. 
It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction.
The series will be extensive and open-ended and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread.

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From the Publisher

This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. 
If you view this book on any of the computer systems below, it will look like a book.
Simple to run, no program to install.
Just put the CD in your CDROM drive and start reading.
The simple easy to use interface is child tested at pre-school levels.
Windows 3.11, Windows/95, Windows/98, OS/2 and MacIntosh and Linux with Windows Emulation.
Includes Quiet Vision's Dynamic Index.
the abilty to build a index for any set of characters or words.
This Electronic Paperback is illustrated.

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From the Inside Flap

This new edition of Huckleberry Finn, based on the recently discovered original handwritten manuscript, is destined to become the standard of this American classic. 
The volume inclues a discussion by Professor Victor Doyno, President of the Twain Circle and the author of a definitive book about the composition of this great novel, who will also conduct interviews across the country.
Illustrations.
(Literature)

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From the Back Cover

Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. 
L.
Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was "the most stupendous event of my whole life"; Ernest Hemingway declared that "all modern American literature stems from this one book," while T.
S.
Eliot called Huck "one of the permanent symbolic figures of fiction, not unworthy to take a place with Ulysses, Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, Hamlet."The novel's preeminence derives from its wonderfully imaginative re-creation of boyhood adventures along the mighty Mississippi River, its inspired characterization, the author's remarkable ear for dialogue, and the book's understated development of serious underlying themes: "natural" man versus "civilized" society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings, the stultifying effects of convention, and other topics.
But most of all, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful story―filled with high adventure and unforgettable characters (including the great river itself)―that no one who has read it will ever forget.Unabridged Dover (1994) republication of the text of the first American edition, published by Charles L.
Webster and Company, New York, 1885.
New introductory Note.

About the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known to the world by his pen-name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist, noted for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel," and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876, among many others.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

CHAPTER 1You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter. 
That book was made by Mr.
Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly.
There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth.
That is nothing.
I never seen anybody but lied one time or another, without it was Aunt Polly, or the widow, or maybe Mary.
Aunt Polly--Tom's Aunt Polly, she is--and Mary, and the Widow Douglas is all told about in that book, which is mostly a true book, with some stretchers, as I said before.Now the way that the book winds up is this: Tom and me found the money that the robbers hid in the cave, and it made us rich.
We got six thousand dollars apiece--all gold.
It was an awful sight of money when it was piled up.
Well, Judge Thatcher he took it and put it out at interest, and it fetched us a dollar a day apiece all the year round--more than a body could tell what to do with.
The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I couldn't stand it no longer I lit out.
I got into my old rags and my sugar-hogshead again, and was free and satisfied.
But Tom Sawyer he hunted me up and said he was going to start a band of robbers, and I might join if I would go back to the widow and be respectable.
So I went back.The widow she cried over me, and called me a poor lost lamb, and she called me a lot of other names, too, but she never meant no harm by it.
She put me in them new clothes again, and I couldn't do nothing but sweat and sweat, and feel all cramped up.
Well, then, the old thing commenced again.
The widow rung a bell for supper, and you had to come to time.
When you got to the table you couldn't go right to eating, but you had to wait for the widow to tuck down her head and grumble a little over the victuals, though there warn't really anything the matter with them--that is, nothing only everything was cooked by itself.
In a barrel of odds and ends it is different; things get mixed up, and the juice kind of swaps around, and the things go better.After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people.Pretty soon I wanted to smoke, and asked the widow to let me.
But she wouldn't.
She said it was a mean practice and wasn't clean, and I must try to not do it any more.
That is just the way with some people.
They get down on a thing when they don't know nothing about it.
Here she was a-bothering about Moses, which was no kin to her, and no use to anybody, being gone, you see, yet finding a power of fault with me for doing a thing that had some good in it.
And she took snuff, too; of course that was all right, because she done it herself.Her sister, Miss Watson, a tolerable slim old maid, with goggles on, had just come to live with her, and took a set at me now with a spelling-book.
She worked me middling hard for about an hour, and then the widow made her ease up.
I couldn't stood it much longer.
Then for an hour it was deadly dull, and I was fidgety.
Miss Watson would say, "Don't put your feet up there, Huckleberry"; and "Don't scrunch up like that, Huckleberry--set up straight"; and pretty soon she would say, "Don't gap and stretch like that, Huckleberry--why don't you try to behave?" Then she told me all about the bad place, and I said I wished I was there.
She got mad then, but I didn't mean no harm.
All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was a change, I warn't particular.
She said it was wicked to say what I said; said she wouldn't say it for the whole world; she was going to live so as to go to the good place.
Well, I couldn't see no advantage in going where she was going, so I made up my mind I wouldn't try for it.
But I never said so, because it would only make trouble, and wouldn't do no good.Now she had got a start, and she went on and told me all about the good place.
She said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day long with a harp and sing, forever and ever.
So I didn't think much of it.
But I never said so.
I asked her if she reckoned Tom Sawyer would go there, and she said not by a considerable sight.
I was glad about that, because I wanted him and me to be together.Miss Watson she kept pecking at me, and it got tiresome and lonesome.
By and by they fetched the niggers in and had prayers, and then everybody was off to bed.
I went up to my room with a piece of candle, and put it on the table.
Then I set down in a chair by the window and tried to think of something cheerful, but it warn't no use.
I felt so lone-some I most wished I was dead.
The stars were shining, and the leaves rustled in the woods ever so mournful; and I heard an owl, away off, who-whooing about somebody that was dead, and a whippowill and a dog crying about somebody that was going to die; and the wind was trying to whisper something to me, and I couldn't make out what it was, and so it made the cold shivers run over me.
Then away out in the woods I heard that kind of a sound that a ghost makes when it wants to tell about something that's on its mind and can't make itself understood, and so can't rest easy in its grave, and has to go about that way every night grieving.
I got so downhearted and scared I did wish I had some company.
Pretty soon a spider went crawling up my shoulder, and I flipped it off and it lit in the candle; and before I could budge it was all shriveled up.
I didn't need anybody to tell me that that was an awful bad sign and would fetch me some bad luck, so I was scared and most shook the clothes off of me.
I got up and turned around in my tracks three times and crossed my breast every time; and then I tied up a little lock of my hair with a thread to keep witches away.
But I hadn't no confidence.
You do that when you've lost a horseshoe that you've found, instead of nailing it up over the door, but I hadn't ever heard anybody say it was any way to keep off bad luck when you'd killed a spider.I set down again, a-shaking all over, and got out my pipe for a smoke; for the house was all as still as death now, and so the widow wouldn't know.
Well, after a long time I heard the clock away off in the town go boom--boom--boom--twelve licks; and all still again--stiller than ever.
Pretty soon I heard a twig snap down in the dark amongst the trees--something was a-stirring.
I set still and listened.
Directly I could just barely hear a "me-yow! me-yow!" down there.
That was good! Says I, "me-yow! me-yow!" as soft as I could, and then I put out the light and scrambled out of the window on to the shed.
Then I slipped down to the ground and crawled in among the trees, and, sure enough, there was Tom Sawyer waiting for me.CHAPTER 2We went tiptoeing along a path amongst the trees back toward the end of the widow's garden, stooping down so as the branches wouldn't scrape our heads.
When we was passing by the kitchen I fell over a root and made a noise.
We scrouched down and laid still.
Miss Watson's big nigger, named Jim, was setting in the kitchen door; we could see him pretty clear, because there was a light behind him.
He got up and stretched his neck out about a minute, listening.
Then he says:"Who dah?"He listened some more; then he came tiptoeing down and stood right between us; we could 'a' touched him, nearly.
Well, likely it was minutes and minutes that there warn't a sound, and we all there so close together.
There was a place on my ankle that got to itching, but I dasn't scratch it; and then my ear begun to itch; and next my back, right between my shoulders.
Seemed like I'd die if I couldn't scratch.
Well, I've noticed that thing plenty times since.
If you are with the quality, or at a funeral, or trying to go to sleep when you ain't sleepy--if you are anywheres where it won't do for you to scratch, why you will itch all over in upward of a thousand places.
Pretty soon Jim says:"Say, who is you? Whar is you? Dog my cats ef I didn' hear sumf'n.
Well, I know what I's gwyne to do: I's gwyne to set down here and listen tell I hears it ag'in."So he set down on the ground betwixt me and Tom.
He leaned his back up against a tree, and stretched his legs out till one of them most touched one of mine.
My nose begun to itch.
It itched till the tears come into my eyes.
But I dasn't scratch.
Then it begun to itch on the inside.
Next I got to itching underneath.
I didn't know how I was going to set still.
This miserableness went on as much as six or seven minutes; but it seemed a sight longer than that.
I was itching in eleven different places now.
I reckoned I couldn't stand it more'n a minute longer, but I set my teeth hard and got ready to try.
Just then Jim begun to breathe heavy; next he begun to snore--and then I was pretty soon comfortable again.Tom he made a sign to me--kind of a little noise with his mouth--and we went creeping away on our hands and knees.
When we was ten foot off Tom whispered to me, and wanted to tie Jim to the tree for fun.
But I said no; he might wake and make a disturbance, and then they'd find out I warn't in.
Then Tom said he hadn't got candles enough, and he would slip in the kitchen and get some more.
I didn't want him to try.
I said Jim might wake up and come.
But Tom wanted to resk it; so we slid in there and got three candles, and Tom laid five cents on the table for pay.
Then we got out, and I was in a sweat to get away; but nothing would do Tom but he must crawl to where Jim was, on his hands and knees, and play something on him.
I waited, and it seemed a good while, everything was so still and lonesome.As soon as Tom was back we cut along the path, around the garden fence, and by and by fetched up on the steep top of the hill the other side of the house.
Tom said he slipped Jim's hat off of his head and hung it on a limb right over him, and Jim stirred a little, but he didn't wake.
Afterward Jim said the witches bewitched him and put him in a trance, and rode him all over the state, and then set him under the trees again, and hung his hat on a limb to show who done it.
And next time Jim told it he said they rode him down to New Orleans; and, after that, every time he told it he spread it more and more, till by and by he said they rode him all over the world, and tired him most to death, and his back was all over saddle-boils.
Jim was monstrous proud about it, and he got so he wouldn't hardly notice the other niggers.
Niggers would come miles to hear Jim tell about it, and he was more looked up to than any nigger in that country.
Strange niggers would stand with their mouths open and look him all over, same as if he was a wonder.
Niggers is always talking about witches in the dark by the kitchen fire; but whenever one was talking and letting on to know all about such things, Jim would happen in and say, "Hm! What you know 'bout witches?" and that nigger was corked up and had to take a back seat.
Jim always kept that five-center piece round his neck with a string, and said it was a charm the devil give to him with his own hands, and told him he could cure anybody with it and fetch witches whenever he wanted to just by saying something to it; but he never told what it was he said to it.
Niggers would come from all around there and give Jim anything they had, just for a sight of that five-center piece; but they wouldn't touch it, because the devil had had his hands on it.
Jim was most ruined for a servant, because he got stuck up on account of having seen the devil and been rode by witches.Well, when Tom and me got to the edge of the hilltop we looked away down into the village and could see three or four lights twinkling, where there was sick folks, maybe; and the stars over us was sparkling ever so fine; and down by the village was the river, a whole mile broad, and awful still and grand.
We went down the hill and found Joe Harper and Ben Rogers, and two or three more of the boys, hid in the old tanyard.
So we unhitched a skiff and pulled down the river two mile and a half, to the big scar on the hillside, and went ashore.

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From AudioFile

THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN is a literary classic, and one novel that lends itself to a repertory presentation. 
That is what it receives in this performance by the St.
Charles Players.
Performed in what the publisher calls "radio theatre style," Huck Finn and characters comes alive.
By using a cast of more than a dozen performers, and mixing in music, this production allows youngsters, and oldsters, to enjoy the tales that have made this book a classic.
Although the abridgment certainly takes away from Twain's tale, it also allows the players to emphasize the most enjoyable scenes from the book, in just the right mix for a family audience.
D.J.S.
© AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  •     It's making me do this so I can exit this app. This is the most frustrating thing I've experienced in a while
  •     I wanted to re-read this due to the discussions of removing it from school libraries and required reading lists related the use of a certain word. I read this in the fifth grade, and at that time, it was simply a great adventure of two boys . Now, over 50+ years later I see it in an entirely different light. It is not just an adventure of two boys... but also a social and political commentary on slavery. Now I truly appreciate the significance and genius of Mark Twain. It is a part of our history that we need to study and learn from. Like the Holocaust...we should never forget.
  •     Lovely book.
  •     OK
  •     A true classic.
  •     Great Book.
  •     words to small to read book not as i rember it as a kid ben re worked
  •     Great
  •     I grew up with Mark Twain stories and essays. I read Huck Finn as a child and evidently I read the white-washed homogenized "kids" version because this original transcription contains all the local dialects and nuances that would not be interesting to a kid. I have to say this is the adult version of what became a children's adventure tale. Yes, the N word is used, and appropriately in the context of the story. I wish I could have read this original text when I was a child and could identify with the linguistic pronunciations. This Huck was more adult and endearing than I remember it as a child. It was loose, disordered and not at all interesting back then. This book was more than satisfying for the humor, outrageousness and sweet and moving friendships that are timeless and give a glimpse of what life was like in the rural country along the Mississippi. I highly recommend reading this book and experiencing the characters anew. You will not be disappointed.
  •     love it
  •     I had read excerpts from the first book on Tom Sawyer and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and I knew of the other two books in the collection but never had a chance to read...
  •     This is NOT a review of Twain's book. It's a review of the Kindle edition.The table of contents is useless. This may seem like a minor quibble but it isn't, not when you're reading a Kindle edition. You need to be able to navigate the book easily, and that's just impossible with this edition. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has 43 chapters. Yet none of the chapters appear in the table of contents. Here are the first four entries in the table of contents:1. Introduction by John Seelye2. Suggestions for Further Reading3. A Note on the Text4. Appendix: The Raft EpisodeWhoever put the Kindle edition decided to insert the entire text of the novel, all 43 chapters as well as a couple of prefatory bits, right after "A Note on the Text." In other words, for the entire length of the novel, your Kindle will think you are reading "A Note on the Text." This makes the reading-progress features useless, prevents chapter-by-chapter navigation on the older Kindle Keyboard, and makes finding or going to an individual chapter on touchscreen Kindles absurdly cumbersome. In contrast, free public-domain Kindle edition has a proper, functional table of contents.Also, while this is supposedly an "enriched ebook," the so-called enrichments are mostly as worthless as the extras that typically pad a movie DVD. Plus, one of the included collections of photographs appears under the wrong entry in the table of contents.
  •     DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. I don't even know how to describe it, it's not a real book, like a homemade bootlegged copy someone printed with tiny print. There is no title page, no copyright page, no table of contents, no writing on the spine, no illustrations, nothing but tiny print and excessively large margins. 4 books are crammed into one with no separation between them. I just opened it and am going to initiate a return immediately. If you look at all the positive reviews, they are for the kindle addition, NOT the paperback. I love Tom Sawyer as much as anyone but you'll have to find another version of this classic story, do NOT buy this one.
  •     This review applies specifically to the April 2010, Sterling Edition, illustrated by Robert Ingpen:I'm beginning to feel quite frustrated with the limited publishing information given to books on Amazon. For example, most books where you may click to "look inside" will default to the most common paperback. For books like Tom Sawyer, that is fine if you need the book for high school English class, where any copy cheap enough to write notes in the margins will do. I wanted a copy of Tom Sawyer to keep and love. I saw this publication on Amazon, but it had so little info and the one review given was a single sentence about the general value of Twain's story. The truth is, one doesn't buy this particular printing unless one is already convinced of it's literary excellency! So I am about to do Amazon a huge favor by telling you what it didn't tell me. For about $15, the asking price at the time of this review, you can invest in a real treat for your self or someone you love and wish to inspire.This printing was meant to mark the one hundredth anniversary of Twain's death (2010). The story is unabridged, provided in full original text. It is positively rich with watercolor illustrations by Robert Ingpen. I just skimmed through the book looking for one that I especially liked, but I couldn't pick just one. In design, they are exactly as I would have dreamed them to be. Barefoot Tom, balancing a piece of straw on his nose, Huck Finn with a dead cat, Tom and puppy in church, Injun Joe- terrifying....each one pulls me in to read the text. The fabulous, wrapping cover art is also printed at the end of the book, so won't be lost if the dust jacket is damaged. The sewn binding is well constructed and the book lays nearly flat when open, so you may enjoy all of the pictures and layout without damaging the book. The inclusion of a pale blue place marking ribbon is a lovely touch. There is a thoughtful biography of Mark Twain proceeding the story. Also, provided are the author's and illustrators notes.I have a boy, six going on seven. He is a reader and is happy to consume Magic Tree House and Box Car Children books at alarming speed under the covers at night when he is supposed to be asleep. I'll admit I was missing our former habit of reading together. So we read classics aloud together as a family. For less money than a video game this book will provide hours of family entertainment. I hope my son will be inspired to read it again and again. It will have a place in our library and be a reference for years to come. It is heirloom quality. It would make a very special gift to a favorite boy of any age. In fact, I am considering getting another copy for my father, who loves Twain. Incidentally, not being able to ascertain the quality of this book through the Amazon web site, I went to a little local bookstore where I could put my hands on it first. I ended up buying it there, paying full price- about $5 more than Amazon was asking. They wrapped the book for free in nice heavy paper and since there was no shipping- I think I came out better for it. Before my son had opened this package, he knew it was a book to be awed by. Awesome it is- mostly for Mark Twains' masterful kntting of prose, but also for the cover and publishing.
  •     As advertised. Love it.
 

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