The Adventures of Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn ★★☆☆☆
Genre(s) | Classic, Children’s, American
Goodreads Rating | 4.07
Humpo Show Rating | 2.00
Published | 1876
Publisher | Wordsworth Classics
I don’t DNF many books – in fact, this is the second DNF book review I have EVER reviewed (American Sniper, the other), and I even managed to finish The Catcher in the Rye! The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is a book that I took no pleasure in reading, and it was a big struggle. The writing style was heavy going and it prevented me from enjoying anything that many readers have liked for generations.
Having become accustomed to taking the language of a particular era with a pinch of salt – Ian Fleming’s James Bond books contain many 1950s misogynistic and racist language that white men would espouse – and this book, published in 1876 has plenty use of casual racism, which I managed to read past, thus showing that this particular point was not the reason for my aversion to the story.
Like Catcher in the Rye and A Rebel Without A Cause, I just couldn’t relate to the characters and their decision-making, which was topped off by the writing style causing me to be ambivalent to Tom and Huck’s story. Maybe I have found a genre which doesn’t appeal to me- American Children’s/YA Classics, with a particular focus on an unrelatable protagonist.
I presume this book may be studied in the U.S. quite a bit, so my American followers may have a difference of opinion regarding this book, and I welcome your thoughts on it…
The Humpo Show | Richard