The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn | Mark Twain | Review

“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.”

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RATING:

* DID NOT FINISH * PUT DOWN AT PAGE 102 *


SYNOPSIS:

Set in the nineteenth century, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follows a boys adventures travelling down the river with a runaway slave. During his travels, Finn, encounters mystery and trouble throughout.


REVIEW:

I am really disappointed to be writing this review in the way that I am. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was the first classic that I have read this year, in fact, the first classic that I have read in a long time. It is not one that I have read before, but one that I have heard a lot about, many of that being positive. Based on that I was very excited to pick it up and I could not wait to start it. I always feel nervous about negatively reviewing a popular or a classic book, especially one that people really enjoy.

My first mistake is that I picked up this book before The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Had I have picked it up I might have felt slightly differently about this book. However I do not feel by reading this book it would greatly change my review as I had other issues with the book throughout.

From the beginning I felt disappointed. I didn’t feel like the story gripped me and I realised that I was not interested in the plot after the first few pages. I also struggled to try and build a connection with the characters within the book. I found that Finn irritated me and I just could not find any sort of interest in him and the other characters. I found myself wanting to put down the book frequently and then struggling to find the motivation to pick it back up. I tried various ways of reading it, for example, physical book, e-book and audiobook but none of them improved my experience with this book.

I also found that the language was really difficult to follow. I know this is a classic and therefore it is to be expected but through reading other classics in the past I found that this was particularly difficult. This further led me to struggle to follow the story and therefore connections were not made and interest within the story just did not occur.

After much deliberation, and perseverance I made the decision to not invest any more time into this book and put it down. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the first book that I have DNF’d in 2019. I am disappointed that I could not finish this book but maybe it just was not for me.

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