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March 24, 2013 5:58 p.m.

A friend of mine just finished reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Since it was her first time reading the novel I was curious to hear her thoughts on this classic piece of Americana. She made the interesting point that Huck Finn’s description of the world matures through the book. The novel is told through the eyes of a young boy growing up in America in the early to mid 1800’s, (the book never gives an exact year). It begins with a very romantic description of that world that can only be seen through the eyes of a child. This view changes as he learns more about the world as he helps his friend Jim escape the bonds of slavery. She was struck by the sharp contrast between the two worlds. It has been many years since I have read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnso I can’t say either way though I do remember there is an element of romanticism to it. But as we mature our views change and we all start seeing the world as an adult sees it and not so much through the eyes of a child. It makes me happy to see that classics can still draw a younger generation.

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