We’ve spent several months in France, Russia, and England–with a little Italy thrown in for good measure. But soon it will be time to call the travel agent, scout out a cruise ship or book plane tickets online because we’ll be headed to the USA for
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain.
As your making those travel plans, don’t forget to dust off your straw hat and pack your bib overalls. It’s time for Twain!
I’ll leave you with a quote from the back of my Washington Square Press copy.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn may well be the most-beloved American novel ever published. written by the greatest of our humorists, Mark Twain it tells a perfect story. This robust yet tender account of Huck Finn’s exciting adventures on the Mississippi has been called by the noted critic Lionel Trilling “one of the world’s great books and one of the central documents of American culture.”
Did you hear that? “One of the world’s great books” and “one of the central documents of American culture.” Hoorah!
I’m looking forward to reading a book about a boy. When was the last time a child was our main character? Oliver Twist? The beginning of Jane Eyre? Yes, it’s definitely time for Twain.
The details: SWB recommends the 1981 Bantam Classics paper back or the Dover Thrift edition. Personally, I find the Dover thrift editions skimpy in their margins, making it difficult to take notes in the book. I think you can’t go wrong with a good Penguin Classics, so there’s an unofficial CCOM recommendation for you as well.