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Library Journal Review
In 1990, a small miracle happened. While searching through her grandfather's belongings, a woman librarian found among his possessions the first 665 handwritten pages of Twain's manuscript for Huck Finn, which for generations had been missing and presumed permanently lost. The emergence of the missing pages allowed scholars to assess the numerous changes made by both Twain and subsequent editors and publishers. This remarkable edition assembled by experts at the Mark Twain Project of the Bancroft Library at the University of California reedits the text according to Twain's handwritten notes on both parts of the manuscript. In addition to the restored text, this edition includes almost 800 pages of scholarly extras, including line-by-line notes on the alternations and revisions, expanded maps, explanatory notes, illustrations, and much more. Absolutely essential for academic libraries; public libraries also may want to consider. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Twain's classic novel describes the exploits of young Huckleberry Finn as he escapes his hometown and travels down the Mississippi River on a raft with escaped slave Jim. They encounter folks of all walks of life and repeatedly save one another from danger as they travel the American South. Eric G. Dove provides solid narration in this audio edition. Although his raspy, deep voice doesn't quite capture the youthful Huck and his naivete, Dove delivers a lively performance that boasts unique character voices and believable accents. And his pacing is perfect throughout: it's appropriate to the material and more than able to hold listener attention. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Review
Gr 7 Up-Two American classics transport listeners to Twain's Missouri with the mischievous antics of Tom Sawyer and the less savory, but equally appealing, jaunts of Huckleberry Finn. With characters drawn from his hometown, Twain's tales reveal the 19th-century culture, yet remain current. The boys' conquests range from Tom saving himself and his delicate sweetheart from a deep cave to Huck rafting down the Mississippi with a runaway slave and two con men. While far from perfect, the titular teens are never mean-spirited, and their misbehavior is often humorous. Narrator Eric G. Dove takes on roles from sweet, young Becky Thatcher to mean Injun Joe with clear dialect and country accents. This high-quality sound recording is a natural way to introduce Twain to students with one caution: the N-word, common in that era, is found in both novels. These recordings are useful additions to middle and high school libraries and solid components in any public library collection.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
One can find rivals to this renewed edition of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, a remake and expansion of Iowa/California then-state-of-the-art 1988 edition (CH, May'89). They include The Annotated Huckleberry Finn, ed. by Michael Patrick Hearn (2001), which ranges widely through the culture of the 1840-90 period, and Vic Doyno's even more comprehensive Huck Finn: The Complete Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Manuscript, a CD-ROM featuring the complete facsimile of the manuscript and a computer-searchable e-text, along with hundreds of pages of scholarly analysis by various hands. Still, the new California edition occupies a special class, with a variety of notes ("Mark Twain's Working Notes" are a detective piece in themselves); massive emendations and textual alterations; careful textual notes on the editors' final text choices; a fascinating 130-page introduction; and reproductions of the book's advertising displays. Since all this material is in plain English, a nonspecialist can actually read it and be interested. Like the two California editions of Roughing It (1972, 1994, the latter CH, May'94), the California editions of Huck Finn are a comparative bibliographic study in themselves. This definitive and richly detailed edition is "booming," which the book's glossary explains means "splendid, grand, superb." ^BSumming Up: Essential. All collections, all levels. D. E. Sloane University of New Haven
Gr. 7-10. Generations have enjoyed this robust, insightful story, which has been the basis for several movies, the Broadway musical Big River, and featured recently on public television.
Horn Book Review
These adaptations are so poor that it is a disgrace for the original author's name to appear on the book; the old classic comic-book renditions had more integrity. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kirkus Book Review
This slender graphic adaptation of the Great American Novel preserves some of Twain's language, most of his plot and a good sense of his sardonic take on human society. Mixing dialogue balloons with enough boxed narrative to evoke Huck's distinctive voice, Mann packs in all of the major incidents and tones down at least some of the violencethe two con men are only "punished" here rather than specifically tarred and feathered, for instance. Similarly, though Huck gets viciously slapped around by his father in the pictures, in general there isn't much other blood visible. The illustrator's faces tend toward sameness, but Kumar populates his color art with strong, stocky figures, depicts action effectively and, by using irregular frames and insets, sets up an engrossing helter-skelter pacing. A good choice for readers who aren't quite up to tackling the original, with perfunctory but well-meant notes on Twain's life and the history of slavery in the United States. Co-published with its prequel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, adapted by Matt Josdal, illustrated by Brian Shearer (ISBN: 978-93-80028-34-7). (Graphic classic. 12-14)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.