These simplified and shortened retellings make great literary classics accessible. Each remains faithful to the original text in the treatment of the story. They are perfect for enthusiastic young readers, who will be mesmerised by these stories and encouraged to pursue an interest in literature. A new title to the series, "Huckleberry Finn" tells ...Read MoreThese simplified and shortened retellings make great literary classics accessible. Each remains faithful to the original text in the treatment of the story. They are perfect for enthusiastic young readers, who will be mesmerised by these stories and encouraged to pursue an interest in literature. A new title to the series, "Huckleberry Finn" tells of the adventures of Huckleberry Finn and his companion Jim, as they travel down the Mississippi river before the American Civil War. Nine of Edgar Allan Poe's chilling tales of terror are retold in this new edition of "Tales of Mystery and Imagination".Read Less
How could a book written by Mark Twain in the 1800's and published in 1982 possibly be worth $100,000? There is nothing in the description that in anyway justifies the price.
Jun 22, 2010
HISTORY IS WHAT IT IS
History in the United States of America was not prity. There was unfortunatly slavery, and Mark Twain wrote the reality of it all, right down to the spelling of how the english language was spoken in the south. He was very realistic, something many literary writters of today do not focus on. Many minorities were mistreated and degraded. They were forced to work in dehuminizing conditions, families were torn apart and sold, beaten and tortured. What kind of history did you learn in school that makes you think Mark Twain wrote this out of pure fiction? Welcome to the reality of real history the way it did happen with slavery in the past, its ugly but sadly true. Mark Twain wrote this book to show how the cruelty of humanity was and HE WAS ASHAMED of it (slavery).
Aug 17, 2009
Jim is Not a Man, But a Pet
I've said it once and I will say it again, I utterly disguise this book and I do not understand why educational institutions insist on this offensive book being a part of the curriculum. My first review on this book was deleted, so I am writing again. No matter in what way, shape, or form you try to mask it, Mark Twain had a racist mindset, if he did not he would've portrayed Jim in a more dignified way instead of "de-humanizing" him into some human pet for Finn. Not to mention that a degrading term was used in this book not once but TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN times. Do not read this book.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-11-25 Twain's classic novel describes the exploits of young Huckleberry Finn as he escapes his hometown and travels down the Mississippi River on a raft with escaped slave Jim. They encounter folks of all walks of life and repeatedly save one another from danger as they travel the American South. Eric G. Dove provides solid narration in this audio edition. Although his raspy, deep voice doesn't quite capture the youthful Huck and his naivete, Dove delivers a lively performance that boasts unique character voices and believable accents. And his pacing is perfect throughout: it's appropriate to the material and more than able to hold listener attention. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 1985-09-27 In this centenary year of the first American edition of Huckleberry Finn, Neider, who has worked long and well in the thickets of Twain scholarship (this is the ninth Twain volume he has edited), offers a most fitting tribute, for which he will be thanked in some quarters, damned in others. Neider's contribution is twofold: he has restored to its rightful place the great rafting chapter, which the author had lifted from the manuscript-in-progress and dropped into Life on the Mississippi, and he has abridged some of the childish larkiness in the portions in which Huck's friend Tom Sawyer intrudes into this novel. For decades, critics have lamented the absence of the ``missing'' chapter and deplored the jarring presence of Tom in episodes that slow the narrative, but not until now has anyone had the temerity to set matters right. In paring back the ``Tom'' chapters (which he fully documents in his lengthy, spirited introduction, with literal line counts of the excised material), Neider has achieved a brisker read. Though there may be some brickbats thrown at him for this ``sacrilege,'' few should object to the belated appearance of the transplanted rafting chapter in the novel in which it clearly belongs. October 25 (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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