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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

You don't know about me, without you have read a book by the name of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", but that ain't no matter. So begins, in characteristic fashion, one of the greatest American novels. Narrated by a poor, illiterate white boy living in America's deep South before the Civil War, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the story of Huck's escape from his brutal father and the relationship that grows between him and Jim, the slave who is fleeing from an even more brutal oppression. As they journey down the Mississippi their adventures address some of the most profound human conundrums: the prejudices of class, age, and colour are pitted against the qualities of hope, courage, and moral character. Enormously influential in the development of American literature, Huckleberry Finn remains a controversial novel at the centre of impassioned critical debate. This edition discusses all the current issues and the evolution of Mark Twain's penetrating genius. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Emory Elliott is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.


Gr 7 Up-Mark Twain's classic and much assigned novel of boyhood and interracial issues in the Antebellum South is skillfully read Dick Hill. While both Twain and Hill work to keep accents differentiating race, class, and locality clear and consistent, Hill doesn't always manage to adhere to the pitches he creates for individual characters who share gender and age. However, his pacing nicely suits the story and demonstrates its richness for young readers who are often put off by the spelling and locutions Twain employed to provide an accurate record of the time and place. The visual aspect of this package, however, may have difficulty finding a broad audience. Each page of text, illustrated with the Edward Kemble drawings that appeared in the book's original published form, appear onscreen as they are voiced. This leads to a static quality unlikely to engage today's visually sophisticated youth, while reducing the details of Kemble's work by placing it beyond the field of intimacy an individual holding the book can enjoy. Also, because this novel continues to receive criticism for its use of the "N" word, seeing and hearing it simultaneously may cause a some problems. Collection planning for the inclusion of this type of "visual" audiobook is suggested.-Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia, Canada Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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