My mother is absolutely obsessed with Mark Twain. She has the leather-bound copy of his collected works from Barnes and Noble, a 900 page biography, and a vintage edition from the 1800s that she keeps locked away somewhere. She loves the quirkiness of the characters and the portrayal of the Deep South.
Reading Challenge: A book your mom loves
Summary: Huckleberry Finn fakes his own death and gets caught up in an adventure with Jim, a runaway slave. Together, they seek to get Jim to a free state and encounter a lot of crazy people and situations along the way. It’s a classic story of American realism of life on the Mississippi.
Likes: Honestly, this book was really hard for me to get in to. There were some parts that were really funny, but overall, I just could not get into the story.
Dislikes: This book is incredibly controversial because many people consider it to be racist. Others think it’s a satire. I’m very uncomfortable with some of the material in the book, and not just the racial slurs. I’m still on the fence about whether it’s satire or not, but even if it was satire, I still found it difficult to read.
TL;DR: This book is a classic and a definitive part of the American Realism movement. However, I personally found it difficult to enjoy because of the racist elements.