Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Huckleberry Finn

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 18 Jun 2007

Mario wrote:

I reread Huckleberry Finn about three years ago and I found it even more splendid than before, infinitely rich if you will allow the cliché® It's too bad that this great book has become the subject of controversy in schools. What stupidity... Everyone should read it.
************* What is the big controversy this time? Twain was fairly contemporary in his views, but his sense of humor is not exactly politically correct nowadays.

The second time around I didn't much care for the ending of the novel. Hemingway noted that Twain was not beyond the dubious when it came to pleasing the crowd. Dragging Tom Sawyer back into the mix at the end for that ridiculous facade of saving Jim struck me as just that. Even interpreted as a satire of the romance tradition, it was overdone and heavy-handed.


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