(E-)Book Read! The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (CP 2011)
First sentence: “You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter.”
P. 99: “So they said I could have a home there as long as I wanted it.”
Last sentence: “I been there before.”
This was a book I ment to read for a long time, but never got to it. But now that I have committed myself to the Classics project 2011 Challenge and the 2011 E-Book Challenge, I saw no reason to postpone reading it any longer. Although it didn’t take me very long to read it, I cannot say I really loved it. The book tells about the adventures of a poor boy, his growing up in a tough world and his friendship with a “nigger”. I write this word on purpose, because I have heard that the plan is to take it out of any new editions, and I think this is wrong. You have to see this book in the context, place and time when it was written, and the word definitely fits into these. Twain tried with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to make people see black people differently, not as things or animals anymore, but as human beings. I liked this aspect of the book very much… but the story in itself didn’t appeal to me, maybe because the world depicted in it is so different from the one I am living in now. I doubt that is the real reason, however, because I loved other books that told about even stranger worlds. Perhaps it is because the world of Huckleberry Finn is in essence not that different after all?