on April 6, 2011 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a fan of Mark Twain and a descendent of Sam Clemens, I really got caught up in this book. Mr Hoopes tells a very clever and humorous story and leaves me wanting more.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Jan. 29, 2011 :
Trials of Huckleberry Finn by David Hoopes is a very good book by an excellent writer who, like Twain, ranged easily from deckhand conversations to philosophical debates, to current beliefs and writing methods of vernacular humor of older times. The book contains striking wit in the traditional patterns of American humor. In addition there is an abundance of thought-provoking moments in episodes concerning such varied topics as Poe’s writings, a traveling freak show, and a scary foray into McDougal’s Cave. Hoopes captures the tone of Twain’s earlier work…focusing on Huck’s maturing that enables him to understand human dignity while at the same time feeling the wisdom in the process. Trials of Huckleberry Finn is an enjoyable treat, and a challenge for the reader to explore the many levels of meaning it encompasses.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Jan. 17, 2011 :
The 30 episodes of Huck and Sam Clemens are really engaging and thought-provoking and make a believable and satisfying sequel to the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
As Huck outgrows Tom and his gang, he is drawn to a fictionalized Sam Clemens who, as the older boy, becomes Huck’s mentor and friend. There are delightful tales of their life as apprentices in Sam’s brother’s printing shop where Sam’s boisterous and sometimes damaging humor emerges and which later permeates his anonymous articles which he begins publishing.
Meanwhile, Huck is becoming "sivilized" and educated and is writing his book on his raft trip down the Mississippi with Jim. He sends it to a publisher but never gets a reply...Huck and Sam share some episodes such as their rollicking delivery of Poe’s "The Raven" and others alone, such as Sam’s frightening experience while lost in McDougal's cave or his guilt feelings in Matches to Drunk.. Huck’s increasing sensitivity is apparent in meeting Tim Forefinger, the little man in the Freak Show, and sharing his pain. And in the Seven Seas his yearning to travel is palpable.
This all culminates in Huck and Sam’s journey down the river on their way to Brazil where Sam intends to make his fortune. In this episode Sam’s dark side begins to predominate as he becomes engrossed in learning to pilot the boat, and Huck senses Sam’s growing indifference toward him. It is a very touching episode.
I think this book will be tantalizing and rewarding for lovers of Huck Finn who have wanted more.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Jan. 11, 2011 :
A wonderful addition to the classic literature of Mark Twain. David Hoopes has found Huck's voice. He weaves a delightful tale bringing all the familiar characters back to life and adding Samuel Clemens to the mix.
Anyone with a passion for Mark Twain will love this tale.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)