— feeling beaten
I read this when I was much younger. Too young too understand the book, even the language. I'm reading it now to see how I feel about it all these years later.
Right away the language put me off. Hard to read the n word, let alone fathom it being used so much. I understand it was part of that time, but in todays time it's ignorant.
This book isn't about the language though. It's the teachings. A white boy and black man. They're friends, despite what else is happening in that time. They watch out for each other. They have each others backs. Their bond is undeniable.
The sad truth is in the 1800's this was life. People were racist. They had hate filled hearts. Frankly, we are no different today. If ever we needed a lesson on racism, that happened in 2020.
This book shouldn't be #14 on the banned list. This and every other 'banned' book SHOULD be read. If we don't read them, however foul they may be to digest at times, how will we ever learn? We, for sure, are not going to learn from each other. History is doomed to keep repeating itself.
Every body loved Tom Sawyer. This one is better though. Read it.