Ernest Hemingway wrote: "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn." The book Papa Hemingway credits has been the subject of controversy since its publication in 1884. It is an unblinking portrait of American society during slave times, as seen through the eyes of the title character, who narrates the tale. Thirteen-year-old Huck runs away from his alcoholic and abusive father in a stolen canoe. Hiding on a wooded island, he comes upon a slave named Jim, who is also fleeing--from slavery. The two set off down the Mississippi on a piece of a raft, each in search of his own kind of freedom. Some critics have condemned Huck's attitudes towards slavery, his treatment of Jim, and his derogatory language, citing it as evidence that Mark Twain was a racist. But noted African American author Ralph Ellison rejects this criticism, saying "one also has to look at the teller of the tale, and realize that you are getting a black man, an adult, seen through the condescending eyes -- partially -- of a young white boy." This Mark Twain In Person Library recording is an approximation of Mark Twain's own voice, just as his family might have heard the story for the first time in the family library.More
Richard Henzel, a noted interpreter of American writer Mark Twain’s oeuvre, gives an energetic performance of the classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He captures the nuances of the different speech patterns and dialects of each character, creating the perfect atmosphere for rollicking adventure. Set in the American South, when slavery was still legal, the story follows Huck Finn, a boy with an abusive father. He runs away and encounters a slave named Jim. Together they journey down the Mississippi River, and Huck begins to reexamine his understanding of the world.
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This is the one to listen to
Much more - Henzel nailed they accents and nuances of the writing much better than my imagination would have.
Many, many -
Richard Henzel is incredibly talented. He nailed all the voices. From his worldly-naive boy Huck to his bass-toned, good, kind, long suffering Jim and all the saints and a scalawags in-between, Henzel treats us to life on the Mississippi as Mark Twain surely intended.
The moment when Huck has to decide whether the help Jim or turn him in.
- Bert Turner