A nineteenth-century uneducated boy Huck Finn, from a Mississippi River town recounts his adventures as he travels down the river with a runaway slave, encountering a family involved in a feud, two scoundrels pretending to be royalty, and Tom Sawyer’s aunt who mistakes him for Tom.
The story revolves around an uneducated boy called Huckleberry Finn (obviously, the title says so) who runs away from home and meets a runaway slave called Jim, on the way.
Both of them decide to stay away from their said families and decide to travel as far as they can, on their raft.
On their journey, they meet all kinds of people – a feud between two families, two frauds who betray them, a family that thinks Huck as Tom (Huck’s friend) and the real Tom Sawyer turns up.
In many instances, Huck talks about death and sadness in a way that the reader can empathise with the child (even though it is masked in satire and dark humor) with his tormented childhood and difficult life. It shows the depressed side of the ever so independent Huckleberry Finn.
There were also moments when the characters touched my heart. For example, when Jim meets Huck after Huck loses his way in the foggy night. Huck plays a prank on him and Jim realises it later and has an angry sentimental outburst. It really made me connect with Jim.
Tom Sawyer, on the other hand, was a typical child seeking adventures. He exaggerates every simple situation and lands himself in trouble on purpose. Huck looks like the bigger one there. But Tom’s presence made the book more enjoyable towards the end. It explains how, even though Jim was not really a bound slave anymore, it was worth the effort to save him (beyond Tom’s upbringing and society’s thoughts on Nigerian slaves at that time).
The story reflects the old times and the kind of people who were in it.
Mark Twain, himself being around many slaves during his early years of life writes about the whole situation with accuracy. His own ideas in the form of fiction explains a lot about the real conditions in our world.
Mark Twain explains the condition of nigerian slaves at that time and how difficult it was for them in a very naive and not so subtle way.
His satire is remarkable and I loved how funny it was.
I enjoyed the book all throughout.
I rate it 5⭐/5.
Thank you Maple Press for the review copy.
Fun fact: Mark Twain’s real name was Samuel Clemens.