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Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Among the Indians | [Mark Twain, Lee Nelson]

Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Among the Indians

In 1885, while The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was becoming one of the best-selling American classics of modern times, Mark Twain began this sequel in which Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Jim head west on the trail of two white girls kidnapped by Sioux warriors. Fifteen thousand words into the work, Twain stopped in the middle of a sentence, never to go back. The unfinished story sat on dusty shelves for more than a hundred years until author Lee Nelson decided to finish it.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1885, while The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was becoming one of the best-selling American classics of modern times, Mark Twain began this sequel in which Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Jim head west on the trail of two white girls kidnapped by Sioux warriors.

Fifteen thousand words into the work, Twain stopped in the middle of a sentence, never to go back. The unfinished story sat on dusty shelves for more than 100 years until author Lee Nelson decided to finish it. The result is a story of adventure, wit, and wisdom with listeners saying they can't tell where Twain leaves off and Nelson begins.

©1968 University of California Press, the Mark Twain Papers, and the Mark Twain Foundation; ©2003 Lee Nelson; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Of the half-dozen recorded renditions I've auditioned, this is the one that best expresses the brilliance of Twain's rendering of dialect and a rural boy's sensibility." (AudioFile)

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    Robert Whale 02-24-08 Member Since 2001
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    "pretty good"

    Trying to write in another authors voice is not easy, as an example take the attempt by Robert Goldsborough to copy Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels, they just aren't the same and leave the reader flat. So I was a little skeptical that anyone could marry up with Mark Twains writing but Lee Nelson has written a pretty good story ending and I agree that one can't really tell where Twain ends and Nelson begins. I think that one of the reasons why this has been successful is that Nelson has a good historical feel for that period of the old West and part of what made Twains work interesting was his detailed description of the times and the places where he's set his characters. One should also give credit to Nelson for being a good storyteller in his own right and while the second half of the book is not what Twain would have written it still is a plausible and interesting outcome given Twain's start. Nelson also maintains Twains style of keeping the action flowing by continuously introducing new settings and conflct. All in all very satisfying and for fans of Twains work, worth listening to just for the first 15000 words.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Smithfield, VA, United States 08-17-11
    Sarah Smithfield, VA, United States 08-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Obviously not written by Samuel Clemens"

    The first two hours sound like a rough draft of something Mark Twain wrote and shortly afterwards the quality of writing takes a plunge. Tom Sawyer becomes a coward when the graphic description of Indians torturing a man begins and Huck Finn watches the women undress and bathe. This is not for fit for children or Mark Twain fans. Save a credit or some cash and skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Bass 08-17-11
    Kevin Bass 08-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Obviously not written by Samuel Clemens"

    The first two hours sound like a rough draft of something Mark Twain wrote and shortly afterwards the quality of writing takes a plunge. Tom Sawyer becomes a coward when the graphic description of Indians torturing a man begins and Huck Finn watches the women undress and bathe. This is not for fit for children or Mark Twain fans. Save a credit or some cash and skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Austin, TX, United States 05-13-11
    Bruce Austin, TX, United States 05-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Best Mark Twain of all of Mark Twain's..."

    This book was better than The Adventures of Huck Finn, which most consider to be Twain's masterpiece. I liked Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Among the Indians more than any other Twain work. Even if you only read the 15,000 words that Twain wrote, which is roughly 25% of the book (two hours of listening pleasure), you will be amazed by Twain at his adult best. This is no juvenile fiction...like Twain's other works...Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom Sawyer Abroad, Tom Sawyer Detective, etc,..., . The book examines how each character grows and develops from the childish personalities exhibited in other books, into fully developed complex adults. Tom comes to realize that 'book' Indians in the adventure novels he has read, do not act like 'real' Indians in the real world, and 'book' women in his romanticized novels do not act like 'real' women. Like Don Quixote awakening from his fantasies, Tom comes to realize that he can't believe everything he reads in books, James Fennimore Cooper and Sir Walter Scott, being just some of the authors that Twain skewers. And Huck comes to realize how to rely on his own instinct for what's right and wrong, rather than be guided by the often intolerant and bigoted social morays of his time, . Even former slave Jim grows and develops an awareness of what being free really means, after living among the wild Indians and being treated like an equal for the first time in his life.

    If you're expecting the same old juvenile, silly nonsense Twain usually put out, hold onto your seats when you read this one. Best book I've listened to on Audible. Best Twain book I've ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cort Kensington, CA, United States 07-15-08
    cort Kensington, CA, United States 07-15-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Good but not great"

    The story just doesn't have the human insights or the comedy one expects from a good Twain story. The narration is fine.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary Montgomery, AL, United States 02-18-08
    Rosemary Montgomery, AL, United States 02-18-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Fearful"

    When I got to the part about the torture by the Indians, I stopped listening.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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