Monday, September 27, 2010
MONDAY, September 27th at 7pm: Selections from "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
It's National Banned Book Week at the Community Virtual Library, and the Seanchai Library is doing its part!
Caledonia starts off the week with Mark Twain's Great American Novel (1884-85) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This classic is noted for its colorful descriptions of people and places along the Mississippi River, and is told first person in young Huck's own narrative voice. Satirizing a Southern antebellum society that was already out of date when the book was published, Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly racism. It was criticized upon release because of its coarse language and became even more controversial in the 20th century because of its perceived use of racial stereotypes and because of the frequent use of the racial slur "Nigger." That very thing is what got the book banned at a large school district near Caledonia's RL home in the Pacific Northwestern U.S.
Join Caledonia as Huck wrestles with the intrusion of an unwanted, drunken father into his life by escaping to the Mississippi River in search of a better, more tolerable life. Presented Live in Voice.