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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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308 pages, 13.2cm x 19.7cm



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If there's any book out there that needs no introduction, it's Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Star as Huck Finn in this extraordinary novel where he meets a run away slave named Jim and the two undertake a series of adventures based on the Picaresque novel by Mark Twain.

Synopsis

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are back for another rip-roaring adventure on the mighty Mississippi River. Feeling the call of life outside of his comfortable but ordinary home, Huck boldly fakes his own death to run away to the River. Huck lands a few miles down at Jackson’s Island, and there he stumbles across Miss Watson’s slave, Jim, who has run away for fear he will be sold down the river. Huck and Jim soon escape on a raft banding together to seek their liberation. Their journey will test them at every turn.

In addition to the con men and thieves who travel the River, there are more sinister dangers that lie in wait for them.  Jim ends up being held captive on Silas and Sally Phelps’ farm. The Phelps think Huck is their visiting nephew, Tom Sawyer, and Huck easily falls into the role of Tom. Tom Sawyer soon arrives and, after Huck explains Jim’s captivity, Tom takes on the guise of his own brother, Sid. After dismissing Huck’s practical method of escape, Tom suggests they concoct an elaborate plan to free Jim.

When the escape finally takes place, a pursuing farmer shoots Tom in the calf.  Because Jim will not leave the injured Tom, will Huck risk his life to finally grant Jim his freedom or escape to return home?

Book in Detail

Characters to Personalise

Huckleberry Finn -
The protagonist and narrator of the novel. Huckleberry Finn is about 12 or 13 years old, and the son of the town drunkard, who is usually absent from the village and thus from his parental responsibilities. Frequently forced to survive on his own wits and always a bit of an outcast, Huck sleeps in hogshead barrels or on doorsteps, wears castoff men's clothing, swears, smokes, and lives by his own rules. Huck is still a boy, and is influenced by others, particularly by his imaginative friend, Tom.

Tom Sawyer
- Huck’s friend, and the protagonist of Tom Sawyer, the novel to which Huckleberry Finn is ostensibly the sequel. Tom is a clever, mischievous, 12 year old boy with an active imagination who spends most of the novel getting himself, and often his friends, into and out of trouble. Tom serves as a foil to Huck: imaginative, dominating, and given to wild plans taken from the plots of adventure novels, Tom is everything that Huck is not.

Sid Sawyer - Tom's younger half-brother, Sid is "a quiet boy" with "no adventurous, troublesome ways," and so he and Tom do not get along with each other. Sid takes pleasure in tattling on Tom when Tom had gotten into mischief.

Judge Thatcher
- The local judge who shares responsibility for Huck with the Widow Douglas and is in charge of safeguarding the money that Huck and Tom found at the end of Tom Sawyer.

Aunt Polly - The sister of Tom & Sid’s dead mother, Aunt Polly has taken in both boys to live with her and her daughter Mary. Aunt Polly loves Tom but struggles to balance her love for her nephew with her duty to discipline him. She is always shaking her head and wringing her hands over his behavior, but her soft heart prevents her from punishing him very strictly. Above all, Aunt Polly wants to be appreciated and loved.

Jim -  One of Miss Watson’s household slaves. Jim is superstitious and occasionally sentimental, but he is also intelligent, and practical. Jim’s frequent acts of selflessness, his longing for his family, and his friendship with both Huck and Tom demonstrate to Huck that humanity has nothing to do with race.

Miss Watson -  With her sister Widow Douglas, live together in a large house in St. Petersburg and adopt Huck. The gaunt and severe Miss Watson is the most prominent representative of the hypocritical religious and ethical values Twain criticizes in the novel.
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