Genre: American Novel

Published: 1884 - Read:

Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Pages: 368


In 1935 Ernest Hemingway made the now famous claim:

'All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn, ... It’s the best book we’ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.'

I agree it's a great book! Controversy over the use of the N-word threatens to have this work banned from schools and universities - and perhaps even libraries and bookshops. Let's hope common sense prevails and that it can be enjoyed by generations to come.

I remember this delightful passage. It's from chapter 19. It's clear that Jim and Huck are friends - even if Huck doesn't fully appreciate it yet.

It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened. Jim he allowed they was made, but I allowed they happened; I judged it would have took too long to make so many. Jim said the moon could a laid them; well, that looked kind of reasonable, so I didn’t say nothing against it, because I’ve seen a frog lay most as many, so of course it could be done. We used to watch the stars that fell, too, and see them streak down. Jim allowed they’d got spoiled and was hove out of the nest.