This week’s Teaser Tuesdays s another classic I’m enjoying reading all over again. It’s Mark Twain’s seminal work Huckleberry Finn. In some ways on this read-through I am reminded a lot of To Kill a Mockingbird. Both books are dependent upon their narrator for tone, humor and spiritual insight. Both have very similar narrators in a way- Southern kids who are skeptical about the world.
On this read-through I’m reminded how funny Huck can be and what a likable character he is. I particularly like the way he see’s Jim- as just another person. He doesn’t seem to grasp the danger of his situation until later in the story and there is something refreshing about that naivety. What’s great about Mark Twain is he manages to carry important messages while not taking things too seriously. It’s like he tricks you into thinking profound thoughts! This is particularly true later on in the novel in the scenes between the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons. Its considered by many to be the great American novel and I can see why!
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page (or I like to do the page I’m currently reading)
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.
This week my sentence is on page 25 of Huckleberry Finn: (Jim is reading Huck’s fortune from his hairball)
“You gwyne to have considerable trouble in yo’ life, en considerable joy. Sometimes you gwyne to git hurt, en sometimes you gwyne to git sick; but every time you’s gwyne to git well ag’in. Dye’s two gals flyin’ bout you in yo life. One uv ’em’s light en t’other one is dark. One is rich en t’other is po’. You gwyne to marry de po’ one fust en de rich one by en by”
Do you like Huckleberry Finn or do you think it is an overrated classic? Which do you prefer Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer? It’s surprising there has never been a great movie version of Huckleberry Finn. Maybe Hollywood is afraid of the racial contexts but that hasn’t stopped them with other material. I would be curious to see what African American director Steve McQueen would do with it (he directed 12 Years a Slave).
For me its balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surf is in my ear; I can see its garlanded crags, its leaping cascades, its plumy palms drowsing by the shore, its remote summits floating like islands above the cloud-rack; I can feel the spirit of its woody solitudes, I hear the plashing of the brooks; in my nostrils still lives the breath of flowers that perished twenty years ago.
– Mark Twain, a Biography
The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient.
One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh- Gift from the Sea
This morning I am sitting in the lanai at the cottage and soaking in the space that surrounds me. I wish I was more of a poet and could put into words how I feel but suffice it to say- the ocean is everything. Somehow just the sound of it is all problems, all victories, all moments of tedium, and all gleeful exclamations. It makes me happy in a way nothing else does. It might seem like a cliche but just the sound makes me want to be a better person. I can’t explain it but knowing there is something that beautiful makes me want to live a more beautiful life.
I just love it so much! I am a very soft sleeper but last night I just had to leave one window open (with screens of course). I had to hear the swoosh, swoosh, bang of the waves. It made 21 hours of travel well worth it. Anything is worth it.
I’ve had a very tough year and it means so much to me to be here. I feel like I can throw all my problems into the water and it will take it away for a time, only to bring it back with the tide. In the meantime, I have 12 days to absorb life without all the burdens and struggles. I can be perfectly happy and that is the magic of Hawaii for me- perfect happiness.