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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn takes its readers on a wondrous journey through the deep South, through the eyes of Huck Finn. Commonly considered a Great American Novel, it was one of the first novels in major American literature to be written in the vernacular. Intended to be a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Sawyer took this on a more serious note, with the themes of slavery, racism, and society in the South taking a more prominent role than the themes highlighted in Tom Sawyer. Huck Finn is the protagonist of the novel, a formally uneducated thirteen year old who is easily influenced by others in his life. After a turn of events that lead to his father regaining custody of him, Huck Finn fakes his own death and escapes into the wilderness. And so begins his adventures. The novel is a perfect balance; lighthearted enough that you enjoy reading it, but serious enough in the sense that you can see Twain's commentary on American southern society in the antebellum period. I thought I was going to have to drag myself through the book, originally reading it just to say I did, but it turns out that I really enjoyed it. If you haven't read this American classic yet, I suggest you add it to your reading list and start the novel as soon as possible! Rating: ★★★★★


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