Manga Classics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Crystal Chan

Manga Classics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Chafed by the -sivilized- restrictions of his foster home, and weary of his drunkard father's brutality, 14 year-old Huck Finn fakes his own death and sets off on a raft down the Mississippi River. He is soon joined by Jim, an escaped slave. Together, they experience a series of rollicking adventures that have amused readers, young and old, for over a century. The fugitive...

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Manga Classics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Reviews

  • Wayne McCoy

    'Manga Classics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' is an ambitious retelling of the famous book by Mark Twain. The adaptation is by Crystal Chan and the art is by Kuma Chan.

    After 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,' Tom and Huck are flush with money. The attempts by the town folks to civilize Huck make him itch to be free. When his drunk father shows up and threatens to take all of Huck's money, he sets out to hide. Going with him is runaway slave Jim. Before long, they are heading down the Mississipp

    'Manga Classics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' is an ambitious retelling of the famous book by Mark Twain. The adaptation is by Crystal Chan and the art is by Kuma Chan.

    After 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,' Tom and Huck are flush with money. The attempts by the town folks to civilize Huck make him itch to be free. When his drunk father shows up and threatens to take all of Huck's money, he sets out to hide. Going with him is runaway slave Jim. Before long, they are heading down the Mississippi river and running into all sorts of people.

    The book starts with an essay stating why they are using the word that usually gets this book banned. It makes a solid argument for why it belongs in this work and why it deserves discussion. I give the writers kudos for that. They lose some points with me by omitting Huck smoking. It should be included also to be discussed, but it's a smaller omission. All in all, it's another solid adaptation from Manga Classics.

    I received a review copy of this manga from Udon Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this manga.

  • Sesana

    I have tried several times to like Huckleberry Finn, in every form, including the original novel. This was my last attempt, and it was no more successful than any of the others. I at least got all the way through the story this time. The art is fine, though I'm perplexed by Huck being the only character to have improbable manga hair. I also found it very interesting that the adaptation team chose to leave the racial slurs intact from the original, yet cut out every mention of Huck smoking. They

    I have tried several times to like Huckleberry Finn, in every form, including the original novel. This was my last attempt, and it was no more successful than any of the others. I at least got all the way through the story this time. The art is fine, though I'm perplexed by Huck being the only character to have improbable manga hair. I also found it very interesting that the adaptation team chose to leave the racial slurs intact from the original, yet cut out every mention of Huck smoking. They were concerned about influencing young readers to smoke, but the slurs are apparently not a bad influence? It seemed very strange to me to cut out one, but not the other.

  • Joana Bookneeders

    * Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

    3.5 stars

    I was really excited for this book since I've never read the original classic but I've always wanted. I can't say this is one of my favorite manga classics. But it's a pretty good one nonetheless. It talks about racism, feuding families, abuse, alcoholism, friendship, etc. It's quite a full novel and a

    * Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

    3.5 stars

    I was really excited for this book since I've never read the original classic but I've always wanted. I can't say this is one of my favorite manga classics. But it's a pretty good one nonetheless. It talks about racism, feuding families, abuse, alcoholism, friendship, etc. It's quite a full novel and an interesting one. Some parts are more interesting than others but all of them talk about important matters.

    I really liked the story for how fun yet heartbreaking it is. The best part for me was the humor. Now, I don't know how humouristic is the original one, but if it is something like this, I will definitely enjoy it. 

    I loved all the adventures and how ridiculous some moments were. There are all types of persons in this book, but my favorite was Jim! Some characters really made me mad although they were ridiculous... But Jim is such a precious character! I really liked Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, especially together! They are just so spirited and strong boys always trying to do the right thing. But what is the right thing?

    That's what a lot of the book is about. It has a lot of racism and Huckleberry Finn didn't know what he should do. Should he help Jim or not? Black people were supposed to be slaves and not friends. So the right thing would be to enslave them, or in case of a runaway, take them to their owner. And so, he decided to do the wrong thing and free him. It was really interesting seeing him trying to see what is the right thing to do and what he actually did. 

    The adventures were quite funny and interesting and the art only made everything better. Things happen quite quickly so I definitely want to read the original classic. But it was overall a very expressive, fun and important novel about racism - in a lovely format if you enjoy manga!

  • Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of Manga Classics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is another flawless adaptation into Manga done by the wonderful Chrystal Chan and Chan (the artist). I’ve now read a handful of the Manga Classics, and I’ve got to say, I am still in love with the concept. Converting classics into Manga form creates beautiful and approachable works of art. Chrystal is skilled at adapting the plots into th

    I received a copy of Manga Classics: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is another flawless adaptation into Manga done by the wonderful Chrystal Chan and Chan (the artist). I’ve now read a handful of the Manga Classics, and I’ve got to say, I am still in love with the concept. Converting classics into Manga form creates beautiful and approachable works of art. Chrystal is skilled at adapting the plots into the shorter length required by the style and Chan is fantastic at drawing all the details that would otherwise be lost when cutting descriptions. Together they’re a fantastic team capable of creating fascinating works.

    I really enjoyed the adaptation for the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. While there are many parts of the story itself I do not love, I have no intention on blaming the manga version for that. I have to admit I was absolutely tickled seeing Huck in Manga form. Perhaps it is just me, but he totally reminded me of Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist. Needless to say the similarity made me even fonder of Huck than I had been previously (though I had not thought to consider Huck a “pretty” boy before this). I feel like the pacing was better done in the adaptation as well, and can easily see many people having an easier time getting through this version (not to disparage the classic of course).

    There were certainly multiple points in the novel that were enhanced by the imagery style used. Huck dressing as a girl is an obvious one of course. Another scene that I felt was more impactful was the section containing the feuding families (the Grangerfords and the Shephersons). I felt the loss more keenly than I ever had while reading the original. There were many other scenes as well, but that one in particular really struck me.

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  • Marjolein

    2.5 Stars

    Full review to come!

  • Audrey Adamson

    Manga Classics is a great way to get through the classics in a manner that is more visually friendly. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has some issues that made me not enjoy it as much as others in the series.

    As usual, the art is lovely and the story is mainly condenses in away that is easy to understand and focuses on the main points the author was trying to convey. So it does well making the story accessible to a reader who might not want to sit down with the full novel.

    The problems arise wi

    Manga Classics is a great way to get through the classics in a manner that is more visually friendly. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has some issues that made me not enjoy it as much as others in the series.

    As usual, the art is lovely and the story is mainly condenses in away that is easy to understand and focuses on the main points the author was trying to convey. So it does well making the story accessible to a reader who might not want to sit down with the full novel.

    The problems arise with the text itself. I was excited to see that they didn't change that can change the author's intent (Twain's work is a critique of the social norms, not an encouragement). But the text finds itself finding itself back into modern language a times which makes the points made often moot. But what really upset me was that even though they weren't afraid to use outdated terminally because that's how it was written, they did decide to censor Huck's smoking as not to promote a bad habit. So the author and illustrator decided what they wanted to censor and what they didn't. There was no freedom of the works as they claimed. This left a bad taste in my mouth.

    I received an ARC from NetGalley for review; all opinions are my own.

  • Soobie can't sleep at night

    Well, this has been extremely difficult to finish!

    The adaptor chose to maintain the different dialects Mark Twain used in the original book and from an Italian point of view that was hard to read. When it was Jim's turn to speak... Oh my... I mean, it took me almost 120 pages to understand that

    meant

    .

    Funny that they chose to maintain the N-word all over the place but they eliminate every mentions of Huck smoking. It seems weird. I mean, in the afterword Crystal Chan writes:

    Well, this has been extremely difficult to finish!

    The adaptor chose to maintain the different dialects Mark Twain used in the original book and from an Italian point of view that was hard to read. When it was Jim's turn to speak... Oh my... I mean, it took me almost 120 pages to understand that

    meant

    .

    Funny that they chose to maintain the N-word all over the place but they eliminate every mentions of Huck smoking. It seems weird. I mean, in the afterword Crystal Chan writes:

    OK, I can agree with that... But it's still a novel written in 1884 depicting a Southern antebellum society. If people could use the N-word back then, they could smoke as well.

    By the way, after a couple of years in which smoking was completely banned from TV series and movie, if you pay attention, you'll notice that nowadays smoking is cool again.

    Apart from that, I found the story a bit confusing. Or maybe I didn't get the satire. Unfortunately, I've never read the original novel; probably this matters somehow.

    I don't know, the adaptation is wonderful as usual. The art is perfect and I love it. Maybe it's all about the original novel. Anyway, this is the weakest

    I've read so far. I'll probably read the Tom Sawyer one, when it comes out.

    And they are planning d to adapt both

    and

    . I'm extremely curious about this titles. The

    adaptation I've been reading weren't that good, despite using the original lines by Shakespeare.

  • Nicole

    Adventured of Huckleberry Finn!!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

     

    This review is going to hurt me more than any review I have ever written. I love these Manga Classics, they brought me closer to stories that I never thought I would like.

     

    But this one on the other hand. I thought I was gonna love this. Adventures. I love adventures. But I was just so damn bored throughout this whole book.

     

    The story was beautifully done. I loved the artwork, I loved the way the story w

    Adventured of Huckleberry Finn!!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

     

    This review is going to hurt me more than any review I have ever written. I love these Manga Classics, they brought me closer to stories that I never thought I would like.

     

    But this one on the other hand. I thought I was gonna love this. Adventures. I love adventures. But I was just so damn bored throughout this whole book.

     

    The story was beautifully done. I loved the artwork, I loved the way the story was told. I loved it. It just didn't work for me at all.

  • Littlest Bookshelf

    Written by Mark Twain in 1884, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the controversial story of Huck Finn and Jim as they sail down the Mississippi River to leave their pasts behind.

    This version of the story does a commendable job of maintaining the original intent of Mark Twain while adapting it to the graphic novel format. I found some of the eye dialect a little difficult to understand because of the spelling and grammar contained in the story.

    This style of writing isn’t unique to the manga b

    Written by Mark Twain in 1884, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is the controversial story of Huck Finn and Jim as they sail down the Mississippi River to leave their pasts behind.

    This version of the story does a commendable job of maintaining the original intent of Mark Twain while adapting it to the graphic novel format. I found some of the eye dialect a little difficult to understand because of the spelling and grammar contained in the story.

    This style of writing isn’t unique to the manga but still makes it more challenging to read than other stories in the Manga Classics collection.

    Reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a manga is a great way to experience the story. Whether you’ve read it before, or are getting into classics for the first time, the paneled format brings the world to life in a new way for readers to enjoy.

    The illustrations in this adaptation are also striking, injecting some humour to the characters as they encounter new threats on the Mississippi. The manga does an excellent job of representing the black characters in the story without resorting to racist traits, an important distinction from other mangas on the market.

    This version of the story does censor Huck’s smoking because the creators didn’t want to promote the habit to their readers. This is a strange choice because of how faithful the adaptation is to the other aspects of the story, such as the use of outdated and offensive terminology.

    Overall, the Manga Classic adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a great way to experience the story. While not as easy to read as some of the other stories in the manga series, this version has plenty to offer interested readers.

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)

    A wonderful adaptation of Mark Twain's Adventure of Huckleberry Finn into manga form! I think the authors and illustrators did an excellent job of condensing the story into a small volume without losing the integrity or flavor of the story. I love how the various accents of the characters are preserved, but the dialogue is still clear and easily understood.

    The artwork brings a lot of emotion into the story, and firmly connects the reader to the characters. Seeing the expressions on character's

    A wonderful adaptation of Mark Twain's Adventure of Huckleberry Finn into manga form! I think the authors and illustrators did an excellent job of condensing the story into a small volume without losing the integrity or flavor of the story. I love how the various accents of the characters are preserved, but the dialogue is still clear and easily understood.

    The artwork brings a lot of emotion into the story, and firmly connects the reader to the characters. Seeing the expressions on character's faces as they experience joy, grief, fear, sadness, or relief, made me feel those things too as I was reading!

    This book, of course, deals with many difficult topics like slavery, and the skewed moral code that Huck has been exposed to. Seeing Huck grappling with his conscience, and trying to determine what is "right" is what makes this story such a classic. I thought this adaptation did a superb job of showing Huck's internal struggle between what "civilized society" tells him is right, and what his heart tells him is true and right.

    Beautiful manga of this favorite classic!

    Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.


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