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David J. Ford John Butwell English 1020 8 April 2009 Smiley's Not Smiling Much Any More Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 3rd Ed. Thomas A. Cooley. New York: Norton, 1999. (354-62) Apparently, it had been a while since Jane Smiley had last read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , and was very surprised at how much of a masterpiece this novel is. The level of seriousness, the greatness, and the notion that Twain's novel is “the one that all American literature grows out of.” Smiley begins to talk about how the last twelve chapters of the book are really a let down. Mark Twain wrote an amazing book, but during the last twelve chapters, he incorporated and elaborated on a cruel and unusual way for Jim to be liberated out of slavery. She believes these chapters should be “diminished, accounted for, or forgiven; after that, the novel's special qualities had to be placed in the contest first of the other American novels (to their detriment) and the of world literature. “ Her overall statement is that Twain has a wonderful character and idea, but a not-so-good novel. Twain, during the novel, sometimes tends to let the story get a little off track. After working on the piece for a good while, Twain sets it aside because he was beginning to
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2009 for the course ENGL 1020 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '08 term at Middle Tennessee State University.

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