Monday, January 05, 2015

A Look at America's Long Road Back to Where We Started

"In this light, it matters that we have been misreading Huck Finn, because that misreading is both wasted opportunity and metaphor for our larger failure to recognize our close relation to the past. Twain, however, was incredibly alert to such matters: Huck is a “prescient book,” Ishmael Reed tells us, that “lays down patterns”—our pat­terns:"

Excerpted from “Huck Finn’s America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece” by Andrew Levy. Copyright © 2015 by Andrew Levy. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Levy's article on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn discusses various valuable interpretations of Twain's work that it so well deserves.  Thank you to Salon for including his discussion in this first week of 2015.  Take a look. I think you may have a surprising response to this seminal work of American literature.