Thursday, June 07, 2007

FINN by Jon Clinch

I just finished FINN by Jon Clinch and it is truly a fascinating book. FINN gives a voice to Huck's father, "Pap." It seeks to explain Huck's origins, the nature of his relationship with his father, how Huck came to live with the Widow Douglas and Pap's untimely demise. It is very well-written although the format of the dialogue can be difficult to follow at times. The plot also jumps backward and forward in time without clear delineation so it can take a moment to figure out where you are in the story. However, the book reimagines an American classic in an entirely new and dark way. If you are a fan of Mark Twain, I would definitely recommend this book. Be aware, however, that the book is filled with fairly dark and disturbing content.

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