A Classic Start

17 Mar

Hi, faithful readers!

I’m Christine’s oldest child, and way back when, I promised that I would read Huck Finn.  I only read chapter 1.  I was definitely not the most faithful reader.  Today, I had nothing to read.  So Mom produced the Classic Starts adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  I read it in about forty-five minutes.  I, personally, think that if you want to read classics but aren’t the best or most faithful reader, you should start with the adaptation.  For example, when I tried to read Pride and Prejudice, I got stuck on the second page because of difficult vocabulary and confusing sentences.  Then I read the Great Illustrated Classics version and found it a lot simpler.  If you want to start reading this way, it’s easier.  When I read Moby-Dick, I found that the Classic Starts adaptation was more accurate than the Great Illustrated Classic version.ClassicStarts HF

I think that my favorite parts of the novel were when Tom Sawyer starts his gang and when he helps Huck free Jim.  He tries to imitate things he’s read in books, but finds that this is not always the best way to do things.  Sometimes its just better to do things simply.

Mom told me about how she has answer the question “What does the character want?”  I really don’t know what Huck’s ambition is.   Maybe Huck just wants adventure.  Maybe he has cabin fever. He’s stuck inside doing nothing and wants to go do outdoorsy activities.  What does Jim want?  He wants to be free and get back to his kids, even if it is without much wealth.  Tom’s ambition is to be adventurous.  He would like to be like the adventurous people he reads about in stories.  As for him doing things “like the books”, I wonder what books he read.

If I were to rename Huck Finn, I think I would call the book Huckleberry Finn: The Necessity of Good Parentage.  If Huck Finn’s father hadn’t been abusive, Huck wouldn’t have gone to Widow Douglas’s.  This would have totally avoided the parts when Huck’s father tried to find him, take him back to the cottage, and be abusive to him again which forced Huck to runaway and get into all kinds of weird problems.

Thanks for letting me share this adaptation of Mark Twain’s novel.


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7 responses to “A Classic Start

  1. Adriana

    March 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Excellent thoughts! I especially like your retitle. I haven’t read HF yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed this post!

    • Christine

      March 18, 2013 at 5:39 pm


  2. Ruth @ Experiment with The Well-Educated Mind

    March 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I definitely agree, especially for young readers, an adaptation of the classics is a good way to develop an idea of the story. But when you get a little older, do read the unabridged versions. In most cases, you’ll be glad you did. Hope to see more posts on your opinions about the classics you read, too.

    • Christine

      March 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      I read Moby Dick and Pride and Prejudice, and I’ll be reading more-if mom doesn’t mind me finishing before her! 🙂 –R.

  3. Jeannette

    March 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    R – I’m making Gabe read Huck Finn (the real version) for school. At first he protested, saying that he already knew the story from the Great Illustrated Classics, but, he now admits that the real thing is much better. Much funnier. So, someday, maybe you’ll enjoy reading it too. I enjoyed your synopsis. Thanks for guest posting!

    • Christine

      March 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Maybe I’ll read HF over spring break, like I did for MD. Since I’ve read the Classic Starts I’ll know what’s coming. –R.


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