Classic Books: Pinocchio, The Master Of Ballantrae & The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

Hello everyone,

it’s been a while since I last shared with you some classic books I really like. So, let’s get started:

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
I had an abridged version of Pinocchio when I was little and enjoyed it only so-so, so when I had the chance to read the whole book, I wasn’t sure I would like it. But I loved it. One day, toymaker Geppetto creates a living puppet named Pinocchio. Like all children, Pinocchio isn’t born with a precise set of morals. Because of this, he often behaves selfishly, foolishly and uncaringly. He knows that he has to behave and be good if he wants to become a real child, but even so he finds it very hard to resist temptation whenever he encounters it. And he encounters it often. Yet, all his bad experiences and adventures teach him important lessons that will turn him into a better person. Overall, this is a great read that I highly recommend to both children and adult alike. It will teach you some valuable life lessons, but without lecturing you.
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Rating: 4/5

The Master Of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson
A tale of sibling rivalry: James, the black sheep of the family, charming and his father’s favourite; and Henry, the good brother, a righteous man who always does his duty but isn’t as attractive. The brothers are divided when James goes to fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie, which, as we all know, didn’t end well. What follows is an adventurous tale, with a gothic atmosphere, full of love, drama, pirates, intrigue and travel. The story, however, isn’t told as well as some of his most famous ones, such as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, are. The prose here is quite weighty, which is why I’m glad I read it now that I’m an adult. Had I started it in high school, I probably would have quit and missed out on a wonderful tale. Recommended.
Available at: Project Gutenberg
Rating: 3.5/5

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
This classic of American literature focuses on Huck and his relationship with Jim, a runway slave. Huck too had run away from home and was hiding on an island when he met Jim. Along the way, Huck and Jim will have several adventures, come close to being caught and encounter two con men, King and Duke, they can’t seem to get away from. The book deals with several important themes such as freedom, racism, friendship and war. Yet, despite his profound message, it is in a way lighthearted and humorous. It has that mixture of serious and fun so typical of Twain. The only problem I had was with the writing style. The Italian translation I read was full of dialectic expressions and words I didn’t know and, from what I’m told, the original American version isn’t that much easier to read. But don’t let that put you off from enjoying this great book. It’s a must read.
Available at: Project Gutenberg
Rating: 3.5/5

Have you read these books? If so, did you like them?

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