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.
En poke my head in behine de chile, sof’ en still, en all uv a sudden I says Pow! Jis’ as loud as I could yell.
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is a strange choice because of how faithful the adaptation is to the other aspects of the story, such as the use of outdated and offensive terminology.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.
For a different take on this adaptation, check out this review on Kimyouna Onna. This concludes the fourth part of my Manga Classics review series. Check back tomorrow for the next entry in the series, The Scarlet Letter.