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A seminal work of American Literature that still commands deep praise and still elicits controversy, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is essential to the understanding of the American soul. The recent discovery of the first half of Twain's manuscript, long thought lost, made front-page news. And this unprecedented edition, which contains for the first time omitted episodes and other variations present in the first half of the handwritten manuscript, as well as facsimile reproductions of thirty manuscript pages, is indispensable to a full understanding of the novel. The changes, deletions, and additions made in the first half of the manuscript indicate that Mark Twain frequently checked his impulse to write an even darker, more confrontational book than the one he finally published. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Considered the first great American novel, part of Finn's charm is the wisdom and sobering social criticism deftly lurking amongst the seemingly innocent observations of the uneducated Huck and the even-less-educated escaped slave, Jim. William Dufris's voice, unpretentious and disarming, like the book's main characters, seems the perfect armature on which to hang this literary strategy. Although he does an expert job with the entire cast, Dufris's delivery of Jim's dialogue is his crowning achievement. Out of context, Dufris's Jim might sound mocking and racist, due to his expert delivery of Twain's regional vernacular. Ignorance and intelligence, however, are not mutually exclusive, and taken as a whole, Jim's mind and heart come shining through, allowing the listener to reflect on their own assumptions. Tantor Media includes the entire text as a digital e-book on the final CD, a wise and thoughtful move in a market with swift and changing currents.
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A classic it is after all. This will make you laugh, will make you cry and experience a lot of different emotions. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mohammad Mahmood
Don't bother unless it's for a very young child who just wants to look at pictures. Found colours off puttingPublished on Aug. 7 2013 by Marshall Webb
I chose this rating because the book Huckleberry Finn met my expectations, it was hard cover and a good size.Published on Dec 19 2012 by Claire White
Brand new, no bends in cover. VERY fast delivery. Received the book within a matter of days. Hope to do business again!!Published on Feb. 25 2012 by Tamara Maxwell
received the book quickly and easily. Was in good condition. Only problem was that pages 70 to 95 were missing and an extra duplicate of 95 to 125 were added. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2011 by Kevin