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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 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, and other topics. Most of all, Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful story, filled with high adventure and unforgettable characters.


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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Classic American Novel

Climb aboard the raft with Huck and Jim and drift away from the “sivilized” life and into a world of adventure, excitement, danger, and self-discovery. Huck’s shrewd and humorous narrative is complemented by lyrical descriptions of the Mississippi valley and a sparkling cast of memorable characters.

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ASIN‏:‎0486280616
Publisher‏:‎Dover Publications, Inc.; Dover Thrift Editions (October 1, 2008)
Language‏:‎English
Paperback‏:‎224 pages
ISBN-10‏:‎9780486280615
ISBN-13‏:‎978-0486280615
Lexile measure‏:‎990
Item Weight‏:‎6.4 ounces
Dimensions‏:‎5.2 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
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