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)