I have been wanting to read Twain again for a long time – enough to list this book for several of my challenges this year, to be sure that I read it! Now that I’ve read it, I want to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer too. I know, it’s the wrong order… but I don’t think it really matters in this case.
When I was young, my parents had given me a dozen or so books in a collection… they were children’s versions of some of the great classics: Black Beauty, Kidnapped, Sherlock Holmes, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and of course, Tom Saywer and Huck Finn. I can’t remember the rest of the titles, so these must have been the ones I focused on. I remember feeling so “adult” reading these books over and over again, memorizing the pictures. But until now, I hadn’t picked up the original version of any of those books and read it as an adult.
The first thing that struck me was just how funny Twain really was. I didn’t expect to laugh out loud at some of the passages! I love that. I also really enjoyed how easy it was to read…. everything just flowed like the mighty river they were rafting on. Subtle, poignant moments were not spotlighted, but they were there to be absorbed naturally. This really is my year for reading the classics… I never thought I would enjoy them so much!
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
first published 1885