The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

A classic. But why? Unlike The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, this is told in the first person: how does this account for the difference in the two? Because it is, I think, Huck’s beautifully poised outlook; a point of view that is essentially a-moralistic but kind-hearted, sceptical but generous, innocent but discerning, as well as both credulous and incredulous in charming ways; that accounts for his charm as a narrator and as a protagonist. Huck’s eloquently expressed views on slavery, and on the other gross hypocrisies of his time, as well as on childhood and parenthood, school and church, religion and the common social mores, crime and honesty, and a gamut of other things that make up the social fabric we often take for granted, are what give this account its compelling aspect: this is a plausible way of seeing the world in a way that is new and other. So yes, a classic.

 

Mr A

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