Thursday, January 28, 2010

“What do you mean, you’ve never read Huck Finn?”

Said Mike when I told him what was next on the list. Indeed, I managed to get through high school and college without reading this book. (I was going to call it a “timeless classic” there. Then Mike started chuckling.)

So, it was pretty cool. I understand why it’s popular. As I’ve personally never actually SEEN the Mississippi River, it was hard for me to envision the action. I have a hard time imagining them floating along on this raft? And they also had a canoe? And all that stuff? It seemed like a lot for them to keep track of. And there’s also all that other stuff floating along in the river? Very weird.

I also thought the ending was kind of a little bit too neatly all tied up in the last chapter. It was like, all of a sudden, everything is wonderful! Hooray! Jim is freed, Huck gets his money back, finds out his father isn’t going to bother him anymore, and Aunt Sally wants to adopt him. It just felt a little bit rushed. But I was glad that everything wound up working out OK for everyone at the end.

I'm glad I finally read Huck Finn. It was a fun adventure story. I can see why everyone likes it so much!


  1. I've never read that one either. Or Tom Sawyer. YAY Kindle reading! How was it?

  2. Kindle reading is great! It automatically saves your place so you just switch it on and it goes right to the page you were on. It's very light and easy to maneuver, which is key because I read a lot while nursing or while the baby is napping next to me. (Hardcover books are sometimes really tricky for me to hold and read for this reason.)

    Finally, the price for the classics on Kindle is amazing. Huck Finn was $0.25 and Sherlock Holmes and Aesop's Fables are both free!

    It was really a fantastic gift - thank you SO much again!