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Book Reviews

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) - Shreya Sachdev

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel that was published in 1884 and is written by Mark Twain. This novel is about a boy named Huck and his relationship with a man named Jim. Due to circumstances, Huck and Jim run away together and find themselves taking a raft down the Mississippi River. During their journey, their relationship grows and they learn a lot about the world around them as they meet new people and encounter new experiences. I really enjoyed this book and I was very fortunate to be able to read it in my English class. Since this was one of my exam texts, I have read this book a few times and analyzed it as well. What I like most about the novel is that it discusses sensitive and controversial topics from an innocent boy’s point of view. In some ways, that helps bring more and more light to these topics and issues. Furthermore, there are lots and lots of themes and messages in this book. Many people think that this book is only about freedom and black slavery, and whilst that is a very important and ubiquitous theme in the novel, there are many more to look for. My one issue with it, however, was that I felt as if there were too many characters in the novel and I personally just don’t like it when books and/or movies have too many characters in them. However, still an amazing novel and I will give it a 8/10.

Shreya Sachdev