Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
Wordsworth Editions, 1992 - 396 pages
With an Introduction and Notes by Stuart Hutchinson, University of Kent at Canterbury.
Tom Sawyer, a shrewd and adventurous boy, is as much at home in the respectable world of his Aunt Polly as in the self-reliant and parentless world of his friend Huck Finn. The two enjoy a series of adventures, accidentally witnessing a murder, establishing the innocence of the man wrongly accused, as well as being hunted by Injun Joe, the true murderer, eventually escaping and finding the treasure that Joe had buried.
Huckleberry Finn recounts the further adventures of Huck, who runs away from a drunken and brutal father, and meets up with the escaped slave Jim. They float down the Mississippi on a raft, participating in the lives of the characters they meet, witnessing corruption, moral decay and intellectual impoverishment.
Sharing so much in background and character, these two stories, the best of Twain, indisputably belong together in one volume. Though originally written as adventure stories for young people, the vivid writing provides a profound commentary on provincial American life in the mid-nineteenth century and the institution of slavery.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DayDreamBear - LibraryThing
Good classic. American Frontier. Banned at one point for the use of the N word, but not meant in today's context. Historical and multicultural Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PortM - LibraryThing
Audible version. Elijah Wood's reading is simply fantastic. Unfortunately, this story is not as engaging as I remember from childhood. I understand it has a Purpose, but I suspect I'd have given the ... Read full review