The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
By Mark Twain
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Richard Branson (Founder/Virgin Group)Today is World Book Day, a wonderful opportunity to address this #ChallengeRichard sent in by Mike Gonzalez of New Jersey: Make a list of your top 65 books to read in a lifetime.
Ovidiu Drugan (Owner/Set Sail Nautic School)
Question: What books had the biggest impact on you?
- Dune – Frank Herbert
- Write It Down, Make It Happen – Henriette Anne Klauser
- Two years vacations – Jules Verne (and all the well known books) – navigation & cast away story
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
- Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (and Tom Sawyer) – river expedition
- The Foundation Cycle – Isaac Asimov
- War books – Sven Hassel – changed the way I see the army, conflicts, war
- Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky – any crime comes with inner suffering so better not do it
- Nansen, Kon-Tiki, Expedition Ra – all expedition books form north pole to across the oceans with ships or rafts
Michael Voss (Co-author/B.S. Incorporated)I enjoy nearly everything Mark Twain ever wrote, but my favorite is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This novel showcases Twain at the top of his game in terms of acerbic wit, sharp societal observations and the use of regional dialects - for which he initially garnered great criticism, before the passage of time enabled critics to understand and acknowledge its authenticity.
Referring to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, H. L. Mencken noted that his discovery of this classic American novel was "the most stupendous event of my whole life"; Ernest Hemingway declared that "all modern American literature stems from this one book," while T. S. Eliot called Huck "one of the permanent symbolic figures of fiction, not unworthy to take a place with Ulysses, Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, Hamlet."
The novel's preeminence derives from its wonderfully imaginative re-creation of boyhood adventures along the Mississippi River, its inspired characterization, the author's remarkable ear for dialogue, and the book's understated development of serious underlying themes: "natural" man versus "civilized" society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings, and other topics. Most of all, Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful story, filled with high adventure and unforgettable characters.
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