by Mark Twain
There is no book by Mark Twain that I read and didn’t enjoy and this is one of the definitely good ones.
As is written in the title of the post, this book tells of the events in the life of Huck Finn from living with the Widow Douglas, his run ins with Judge Thatcher, his plot to run away from his father who by day locks him in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. We are told of how he managed to saw space enough to escape through, faked his horrible death and left on raft which he rides mostly by night and during the day he lies low so as not be seen. There is the chance meeting with Jim, the runaway nigger who tells him of the search for his, Finn’s, body, the search for his father and the journey the two of them make till they meet the two cons, the Duke and the King and the adventures that follow till Jim is sold to the family of Aunt Sally by the old king.
Huck Finn is interesting, adventurous and a thorough going non believer who seems unable to stay away from trouble. He lies about everything from his name to where his home is just to be left to his own devices. He is also a good man. He risks his life many times to save Jim the runaway nigger of Miss Watson, helps some poor girls who were about to lose all their savings to a pair of thieving cons. One either likes Finn or hates him but you can’t be indifferent to him.
Tom Sawyer reminds me of Don Quixote. If something is to be done, it must be grand. They pull an elaborate plan on his Aunt Sally in order to free Jim who has already been set free by Miss Watson in her will.
If you haven’t read any of Mark Twain’s books, then maybe you should read this one.