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Huckleberry Finn Shines Light on Friendship
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Kudos to the Greenhorn Valley Library from our book club! Many copies of the sometimes difficult to find “classics” are made available to us each month by our generous library.

And have you noticed their complete calendar of monthly events? We are impressed by their great movies, bi-weekly pinochle, local history nights, Music & Movement activities, first aide and CPR certification training, and much more. This writer is especially grateful for their patient tech help.

Having recently enjoyed “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn,” it seems that Mark Twain is now an old friend to our book club. In this month’s read of “Huckleberry Finn,” we were especially made aware of the importance of friendship. The character, Huck Finn, is based on a boy named Tom Blankenship, the son of a sawmill laborer who lived in a ramshackle place near the Mississippi River behind the house where Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) grew up. It took Mr. Clemens seven years to write “Huckleberry Finn” and it was published in 1885, ten years after “Tom Sawyer” went into print. Many consider “Huckleberry Finn” to be Twain’s masterpiece.

The story follows Huck Finn as he helps a runaway slave escape along the Mississippi River. His narrative utilizes humor, along with issues of justice and morality to convey its message. His choice of words authentic to the period and location help bring the characters in the story to life. In praise of “Huckleberry Finn,” Ernest Hemmingway once said that all American Literature begins with this book.

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