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Huckleberry Finn- An Old Book with N-Words

May 8, 2011

THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

By Mark Twain 

It’s difficult to discuss Huckleberry Finn without first mentioning the most controversial aspect of it, so let’s get this over with. 

WHICH VERSION?  N-WORD, OR NO N-WORD? 

The meanings of some words change over time, but the n-word is still the n-word.  I even feel uncomfortable saying words that rhyme with the n-word (That bald spot on my head keeps getting bigger and big… I mean, it’s getting larger and larger).  Therefore, I have no problem with an abridged version that replaces the n-word. 

If this leads to just one single person who would otherwise not read Huckleberry Finn to read Huckleberry Finn, then (dramatic pause)… it’s all worth it. 

BEST ADVICE EVER!!! 

If you’re listening to the audio version of Huckleberry Finn in public, you probably want the one without the n-word.  It takes a few minutes to explain the context behind the n-words and the depth of the theme of the book, but when an n-word is dropped in public, you might not get those few minutes to explain. 

If you’re determined to listen to the n-word version on audio in public, then wear headphones. 

WHY HUCKLEBERRY FINN IS A CLASSIC 

The only problem with this novel is that it’s required reading in some high school and college courses, and that takes all the fun out of it.  Some of the problems that Huck faces (an abusive, alcoholic father that kidnaps him) are relevant today and often used heavily in Lifetime programming, but this novel is way better written.  Mark Twain is also kind of funny, and even dysfunctional literates should be able to understand the humor without any laborious research.

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