A joy! I loved Twain’s novel and wished I had read it when I was younger. It is such a journey in all senses of the word.
Huck is a more mature character than he was in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and he has a more important story to tell.
The book is about escape, not just from slavery; but escape from violence and escape from the past.
The characters are superb. We all know that Huck and Jim are wonderful. The Duke and The King are brilliantly conceived, and the families encountered along the river bank embody the best and worst of 19th Century America.