“Just because you’re taught that something’s right and everyone believes it’s right, it don’t make it right”
-Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
At times heartwarming and at other times hard to read, Mark Twain delivers his masterpiece of a novel. This book is critical and demands to be read in every regard possible. The major themes: racism, friendship, love, and the discovery of oneself are just a few that can relate to everything even years after the book was published. Twain’s writing style is was first drew me into the novel. He is truly hilarious and I couldn’t help but laugh reading some of the ridiculousness of Huck Finn’s thoughts about the world. It was juvenile yet so deliberate and truthful and I believe that is what makes this novel so special and so important. The story that practically everyone knows at least some small portion of, tells the many adventures, as the title suggests, of a young Huck Finn and all the experiences he comes across when he and a runaway slave, Jim head out in search for freedom. One of my favorite aspects of this novel was the pure genius of Twain’s ability to make the reader feel so aligned and close to the characters. I practically feel as though I were with Huck wherever his many journey’s took him. Twain is also allowing the reader to come up with their own conclusions and thoughts about problematic and morally right and wrong situations that arise before even reading to find out the actual outcome. It’ll have you questioning and routing Huck and Jim on until the very end, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn truly being the great American novel.
Five Star Rating: