#4 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

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Let’s kick off The 100 Greatest Books Challenge with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, or Shenanigans Culminating in a Lesson on Morality. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read it, but I know it’s never been by choice. That’s how famous—and how frequently assigned—this 1885 novel is.

It’s rough going, here and there—I wouldn’t pretend otherwise. Something about the zigzagging plot and recurring dialect has always bankrupted my patience. But the heart of its message and its main characters is too close to my own to ignore. So even as the ADD plot inflicts repeated whiplash, I still enjoy the ride.

Every. Single. Time.

Mark Twain’s literary legacy—a masterful combination of irony and social criticism—remains alive and well, despite his preposterous mustache. He had a zero tolerance policy for racism and stupidity—and you can’t be that witty in life or in print without making a few (million) fans. If you’re among them, consider taking a Huck Finn-themed riverboat ride on the Mississippi. Because, yes, that exists in our absurdly awesome world.

This is a book that will make you weep weepy tears… whenever you manage to follow along. A triumph of critical thinking over society’s chronic brainlessness, Huckleberry Finn is best known as the quintessential bildungsroman.

Whatever that is.

Is It One of the Greatest Books of All Time?

Abso-Hucking-lutely.

Favorite Quotes:

Jim said that bees won’t sting idiots, but I didn’t believe that, because I tried them lots of times myself and they wouldn’t sting me.

If you tell the truth you do not need a good memory!

I was a-trembling, because I’d got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it.

Read: 2003, 2005, 2007, and so on
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