Children's Fiction TWAIN
Summary: "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain calledHuckleberry Finn," Ernest Hemingway wrote, "It's the best book we've had."Â Â A complex masterpiece that has spawned volumes of scholarly exegesis and interpretative theories, it is at heart a compelling adventure story.Â Â Huck, in flight from his murderous father, and Nigger Jim, in flight from slavery, pilot their raft thrillingly through treacherous waters, surviving a crash with a steamboat, betrayal by rogues, and the final threat from the bourgeoisie.Â Â Informing all this is the presence of the River, described in palpable detail by Mark Twain, the former steamboat pilot, who transforms it into a richly metaphoric entity.Â Â Twain's other great innovation was the language of the book itself, which is expressive in a completely original way.Â Â "The invention of this language, with all its implications, gave a new dimension to our literature," Robert Penn Warren noted.Â Â "It is a language capable of poetry."
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