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|Just finishing reading it with my daughter now
Written by JoAnn
(9/19/2013 2:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, penned by Nancy Ann
I've been reading Huck Finn out loud to my 12-year old daughter over the past year or so - we have about 50 pages to go (it takes a long time when you're just reading a few paragraphs to a few pages at bedtime a few nights a week!). I don't think I've ever read it before, though I've read other Twain in the past few years; never read it for school. We've both really, really enjoyed it. Huck is so much trying to be a grown-up but is so much still a little boy. At the same time, though, he holds Tom Sawyer in such high regard as a smart, mature, grown-up role model, even though (IMHO) Huck is far superior to Tom in real-world brains and skills. Just in the past few nights my daughter has been railing against what an idiot Tom is. :-) Twain brings his characters so much to life on the page, it's been a lot of fun to read them out loud and try to infuse that life into them in my voice.
As for Twain reflecting the racism of the day, he certainly uses the language - which is unavoidable if he wants to accurately capture the culture - but the undercurrent is definitely anti-slavery and, I'd say, not racist.
Enjoy the great adventure!
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