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)

    Review to follow.

  • Bernadett

    i got my copy from netgalley

    the time when the n-word wasnt a slur but how they called them african people…. do not get offended. the book in itself ( i mean the original classic too ) pretty damn racist and sexist but hey, its how it is. the art is very simplistic and it is best recommended for middle grade children to read. its adventurous and fun to read anyone who liked black butler (Kuroshitsuji ) will most likely find this as a fun read even if they arent into classics. for those who like

    i got my copy from netgalley

    the time when the n-word wasnt a slur but how they called them african people…. do not get offended. the book in itself ( i mean the original classic too ) pretty damn racist and sexist but hey, its how it is. the art is very simplistic and it is best recommended for middle grade children to read. its adventurous and fun to read anyone who liked black butler (Kuroshitsuji ) will most likely find this as a fun read even if they arent into classics. for those who like this the same serializations Tom Sawyer is a nice complementary piece to read along. i gave it 3/5 stars.

  • Evelyn

    * Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

    This manga is based on the classic The adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I’ve never read the original story, so I was quite excited to start reading this manga.

    In the beginning of this book ‘Huck’ lives with a widow, who tries to raise him. After a while his father comes back to town, and isn’t happy with the way he is being raised. So his father kidnaps his son, ‘Huck’ doesn’t like this, so he acts like he is

    * Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

    This manga is based on the classic The adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I’ve never read the original story, so I was quite excited to start reading this manga.

    In the beginning of this book ‘Huck’ lives with a widow, who tries to raise him. After a while his father comes back to town, and isn’t happy with the way he is being raised. So his father kidnaps his son, ‘Huck’ doesn’t like this, so he acts like he is being murdered. This story tells the adventures he gets himself into after this.

    I thought it would be a really original way to read the story, and it definitely was. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as good as I expected beforehand. It started great, with the introducing of the main characters. But at a certain point the story became really confusing, I didn’t get where they were or how they got there, and then when I found at what was happening I enjoyed the story, but shortly after a new adventure would begin and I again needed to start find out where they were. Also, some of the characters really looked alike so it was hard to remember who was who.

    I did really enjoy the artwork in this manga.

  • 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's heartbroken

    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.

  • Connie

    This beautifully illustrated graphic novel published by Udon Entertainment is a delight to read. It brings the adventures of Huckleberry Finn to life in a way that an ordinary novel can’t. I am completely hooked on this genre! I love how the books are mainly composed of conversations between the characters with a small amount of narration throughout. The pictures tell the story in a way that adds to my enjoyment, and also quickly shows actions and emotions.

    Children love graphic novels, and It’s

    This beautifully illustrated graphic novel published by Udon Entertainment is a delight to read. It brings the adventures of Huckleberry Finn to life in a way that an ordinary novel can’t. I am completely hooked on this genre! I love how the books are mainly composed of conversations between the characters with a small amount of narration throughout. The pictures tell the story in a way that adds to my enjoyment, and also quickly shows actions and emotions.

    Children love graphic novels, and It’s a wonderful way to introduce them to the joy of reading. The pictures help young readers understand what is happening in the story. As an adult, I love graphic novels because they give me the opportunity to quickly read classic books that I have never read before or go back to ones I’ve read in the past and don’t remember well. In the case of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, I can remember some of this book from years ago, and it appears to be a good adaptation.

    I recommend these books to all ages. Why should children be the only ones to enjoy to wonderfully done books like this. Not only are they great to read, but part of the fun is reading them backwards!


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