There are a lot of lists of books that everyone should read. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are on a lot of those lists. I think I had to read it back in school, but I bet I never did. Because it is supposed to be one of classics. There is a huge problem with this book, however and that is the use of the n word. There is perhaps no more vile word in the English language, I have come to believe, after reading Elijah of Buxton. Check out this interview with the author, the incredible Christopher Paul Curtis. I have done a lot of research about this and found this to be of particular interest. Will I ever read Huck Finn? I don't know if I can stand to read that word. I really don't think I could. But I do understand what Dr. Dyson says about the word, "I think the Holy Ghost of rhetorical fire will insist that the N-word not be buried. I don't think you can bury words. I think the more you try to dismiss them, the more power you give to them, the more circulation they have."
The Trouble Begins at 8: a Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West was my introduction to the Twain the man. It was very well done. Fleischman was funny and Twain was a riot. I guess he was maybe our country's first stand-up comedian? It was neat to read about his lectures, which were pretty much stand-up comedy concerts. Very much recommended.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.