Finn

Finn

A Novel

Book - 2007 | 1st ed.
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In this masterful debut novel, Clinch takes readers on a journey into the history and heart of one of American literature's most brutal and mysterious figures: Huckleberry Finn's father. The result is a deeply original tour de force that springs from Twain's classic novel but takes on a fully realized life of its own.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400065912
1400065917
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 287 p. ;,24 cm.

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DUVIDL
Dec 01, 2016

BRUTALLY EXCELLENT! UNFORTUNATELY, IT VIOLATES TWAIN`S BASIC PREMISE OF A POOR, IGNORANT WHITE BOY, RAISED IN A STRICTLY RACIST SOCIETY AND KNOWING NOTHING ELSE, DECLARING HIMSELF WILLING TO GO TO HELL TO HELP A BLACK SLAVE 'STEAL' JIM`S FAMILY INTO FREEDOM. THIS POWERFUL DECLARATION OF FRIENDSHIP AND LOYALTY (HUCK`S CHOOSING THE MORALLY RIGHT OVER WHAT HE HAS BEEN SCHOOLED IS "THE WAY OF THE LORD") LOSES ALL MEANING IF HUCK`S MOTHER WAS BLACK.

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horthhill
May 29, 2011

Finn is powerful bad. You don't know about Finn without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly.

John Clinch has written a bit of literary fanfiction 'shipping' the bad dad of Huck Finn with a young black girl who becomes Huck's mom. Of course, if Huck's mom ain't white, then Huck ain't either. Clinch writes a clever story that exists in the world of both the Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn but seen from a well-imagined point of view. To carry his narrative of a mulatto Huck that can mesh seamlessly with Twain's tale is a bit of a juggling act. I'm not so certain if Finn: A Novel is really successful but it was really fun watching and spotting all the points of contact with Twain's world.

B+ for effort, certainly.

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teenlibrz
Aug 14, 2010

This book is well written and cleared up some of the questions presented by "Huckleberry Finn" such as how the Widow got involved with Huck, where his mother has ended up, and what led to Huck being Huck. It is a little dark and bloody, but a great read for an adult.

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