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A Good Place To Start

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 8
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 5
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 1

A Bad Place To Start

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

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vitawallace January 27th, 2006 10:10 PM PST

Nothing could be more engaging than Tom Sawyer, so since it is the first of the set of two books (Huck Finn is about some of the same characters) I chose to recommend it.

bookbug February 6th, 2006 08:53 AM PST

"Huckleberry Finn" is a masterwork, not only among Twain's books but in American and even world fiction. I would start with Huck and work back to "Tom Sawyer."

emac52 May 11th, 2007 09:52 AM PST

I actually have to agree here. I think that as a character Huck is much more fun than Tom, and as such, his 'story' is more entertaining to read!

tim helck May 26th, 2007 12:34 PM PST

The only sensible thing to do is to read both, so you might as well start with "Tom Sawyer", even if "Huckleberry Finn" is the more important book.

His religious writings are generally delightful ("Eve's Diary", "Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven") though "The Mysterious Stranger" is pretty dark. These can be found in various anthologies.

There's almost nothing he wrote that isn't worth reading -- well, maybe "Tom Sawyer, Detective" -- that might be a bit dated.


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