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Huck and Jim, cosmologists

Of the many conversations between Huck and Jim on their floating raft, one of my favorites is their discussion of how the stars came to be. Sometimes we’d have that whole river all to ourselves for the longest time. Yonder was the banks and the islands, across the water; and maybe a spark—which was a … Continue reading Huck and Jim, cosmologists

Huck Finn’s Evasion

I’ve been reading the annotations and introduction by Michael Patrick Hearn in his “Annotated Huckleberry Finn”.  That edition is a tour de force, and entirely engrossing.  You want context for Twain’s novel, you get it, in rich detail. Hearn is not a fan of the final section of the book, in which Tom Sawyer concocts … Continue reading Huck Finn’s Evasion

Huck and the ladies

Finishing “Huckleberry Finn,” it struck me that there’s no romance in the story, not even a steady female character. So in this respect the novel is somewhat similar to “Moby-Dick”, its main historical contender for the “title” of Great American Novel.  But Huck doesn’t quite go as far as Moby in casting off the ladies. … Continue reading Huck and the ladies

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