Friday, October 24, 2014


“All Modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn”

—Ernest Hemingway

Who hasn't read these classic adventure stories? You don't have to be a boy to envy, admire, and appreciate these two timeless tales. Were you aware that these books have never been out of print? That speaks volumes about their appeal.

Penguin Classics is reissuing THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN and THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER with new introductions by Twain scholar Kent Rasmussen. What insights will Mr.Rasmussen shed light on that we, as readers for pleasure, may have missed?
In addition HUCK FINN contains a foreword written by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, The Republic of Imagination. A paen to the indispensable role fiction plays in democracy, citing HUCK FINN as one of the books responsible for shaping American identity. 

Pretty heady stuff, huh?  These editions would be the perfect introduction to the world of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer for the adventurous reader on your list.

Thanks to Kevin MIBNTakeII has a print copy of each to give away (Sorry US only). Which book would you prefer and which of your readers do you have in mind to gift it to or will you keep it for yourself?  We're all ears!  Good Luck!

Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN (Penguin Classics; ISBN: 978-0-14-310732-3; On-sale date: October 28, 2014; $8.00).
By turns praised, derided, banned, and celebrated, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is Mark Twain’s enduring masterpiece, an incomparable adventure story, and a classic work of American humor.   Amazon

Few books have taken so deep and enduring a hold on the American imagination as THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (Penguin Classics; ISBN: 978-0-14-310733-0; On-sale date: October 28, 2014; $9.00). Younger readers delight in the sheer pleasure of following the rollicking, mischievous adventures of Tom, a consummate prankster with a quick wit. Yet older readers recognize the somber undercurrents lurking dangerously beneath the secure and wondrous world of boyhood. A classic that has lost neither its popularity nor its capacity to delight, Tom Sawyer is a treasure of American literature.  Amazon

About the Authors:

Mark Twain (1835-1910) was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri. Starting out as a typesetter, he went on to work as a steamboat pilot, prospector, and journalist before publishing his first major book, The Innocents Abroad.   

R. Kent Rasmussen is the author or editor of nine books on Mark Twain, including the award-winning Mark Twain A to Z, as well as more than a dozen other books. He lives in Southern California.

Azar Nafisi is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, Things I’ve Been Silent About, and The Republic of Imagination. A passionate advocate of books and reading, she appears regularly on major media and speaks to packed audiences around the world. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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