'I'm unfavorable to killin' a man as long as you can git around it; it ain't good
sense, it ain't good morals. Ain't I right?'
Young Huck Finn fakes his
own death to flee from his drunken father and the 'sivilising' influence of the Widow
Douglas; the slave Jim wants to escape being sold by his owner. And together the two
runaways travel down the Mississippi, encountering feuding families, an unlikely Duke and
King, and all manner of adventures.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
is Mark Twain's masterpiece. Its sharp conscience sets the standards of the day
against a deeper personal morality, and, with an unparalleled comic touch, it became the
wellspring for modern American literature: what Hemingway called 'the best book we've
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