The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Reviewed by E. Mankowski, April 2019

The year of 1885 marked the first time that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, was banned in the United States. The boy-adventure book has been subject to controversy due not only to the discussions surrounding the themes and ideas present in the novel, but the presence of the “n-word”, which appears over 200 times throughout the story. While containing highly disputed language, the novel elicits questions that readers are unable to ignore. The novel depicts the struggle between morality of society and an individual, the damaging nature of lying, as well as emphasizing the racist behavior displayed towards African Americans. The novel is perfect for readers in high school who wish to learn about life prior to the Civil War in a story full of suspense, close calls, and adventure.