Ever the literary realist, after being born during the appearance of Haley’s comet, Mark Twain said that his end would be brought about when it came around again. Seventy-five years later, after its reappearance, he promptly died.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Ernest Hemingway once wrote that, ‘All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn [...] There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.’ And Hemingway was hard to please!
This picaresque novel has two driving forces: the first is irreverent hero Huckleberry Finn, who lacks a home, a family and the prejudice that would make him abandon Jim, his runaway slave companion; the second is the ever-present might of the Mississippi River – a natural force that intertwines itself with Huck’s narrative and acts as the structural backbone of Mark Twain’s quest to unpack America through one boy’s story.
Expect laughs, pathos and profundity, all by the bucketful.
- Both hilarious and profound
- A coming-of-age tale like no other
- Written in the lilting tones of the American South