Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Intended at first as a simple story of a boy's adventures in the Mississippi Valley - a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - the book grew and matured under Twain's hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a century after its publication, the critical debate over the symbolic significance of Huck's and Jim's voyage is still fresh, and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels: as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor.
I have to admit that my main motivation to read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was the fact that it is considered one of the greatest novels of the American literature. Yet, I can simply say that it is not one of my favorite books at all.
When started reading, I had no difficulty in getting into the book since it is quite gripping with well developed stories, inclusion of child imagination and very rich description of the people and places. However, the book used, I guess, more than one damn dialectics that I have no idea about and that simply distracted my attention. Frankly speaking I did not understand some parts of those speech form of dialectics used very frequently in conversations.
The most famous historical fictions of American literature like To Kill a Mockingbird or The Help has the same topic of controversial social status of blacks and related issues. I can say that this book was the harshest one due to the involvement of slavery. Knowing that racism is a sensitive topic among those who discuss and/or challenge the book, I could say that judging the book dating back to 2 centuries ago with today's values makes no sense. So, I recommend readers to leave it as it is and not to get into racism discussions... On the contrary, understanding the beauty of a inner journey of Huck, the main character, and his growing up in the course of the whole amazing story with an undeniable creativity of childhood imagination is the biggest pleasure and take-away from the book.