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    New novel 'Finn' inspired by Twain's masterpiece

    'Finn' would feel right at home in Twain's clan

    Updated 2/20/2007 8:06 AM ET

    Random House
    Puzzle piece: Jon Clinch brings Huck Finn's Pap to life.

    ABOUT THE BOOK Finn
    By Jon Clinch
    Random House, 287 pp, $23.95


    By Bob Minzesheimer, USA TODAY
    February 19, 2007

    Jon Clinch's Finn is a brave and ambitious debut novel inspired by Mark Twain's masterpiece, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    It fully imagines the life of Huck's violent, alcoholic and bigoted father. It stands on its own while giving new life and meaning to Twain's novel, which has been stirring passions and debates since 1885.

    READ AN EXCERPT: Enter Finn's world
    Finn raises a question: Will a novel that is set in the 19th century and that repeatedly uses the n-word, as did Huck himself, be embraced in the more racially sensitive 21st century?

    I hope it is. Finn is a triumph of imagination and graceful writing. It's a puzzle built on clues that Twain left at Pap Finn's murder scene.

    To discuss the genius of Clinch's novel requires disclosure of a crucial surprise in the plot. Readers who wish to experience that surprise for themselves should skip the next paragraph.

    Clinch invents Huck's mother. She's a resourceful escaped slave, known only as Mary (as Huck's father is known only as Finn). She's both lover and property, a story as old as America itself.
    One of the novel's lovely ironies is that Mary, unlike Finn, can read.

    When she reads poetry to him in his squatter's shack on the banks of the Mississippi, "she seems to him in her fluency a creature from some other place and time or an instrument shaped by the Almighty so that a long-dead cavalier poet might whisper his incomprehensible arcana into the mind of a benighted illiterate riverman."

    Finn loves whiskey as much as he seems to hate blacks, despite his liaison with Mary. His bigotry is the only thing he has inherited from his father, an imperious judge. Finn is a primitive brute yet yearns to be someone he is not.
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    Re: New novel 'Finn' inspired by Twain's masterpiece


    ABOUT THIS BOOK

    In this masterful debut by a major new voice in fiction, Jon Clinch takes us on a journey into the history and heart of one of American literature’s most brutal and mysterious figures: Huckleberry Finn’s father. The result is a deeply original tour de force that springs from Twain’s classic novel but takes on a fully realized life of its own.

    Finn sets a tragic figure loose in a landscape at once familiar and mythic. It begins and ends with a lifeless body–flayed and stripped of all identifying marks–drifting down the Mississippi. The circumstances of the murder, and the secret of the victim’s identity, shape Finn’s story as they will shape his life and his death.

    Along the way Clinch introduces a cast of unforgettable characters: Finn’s terrifying father, known only as the Judge; his sickly, sycophantic brother, Will; blind Bliss, a secretive moonshiner; the strong and quick-witted Mary, a stolen slave who becomes Finn’s mistress; and of course young Huck himself. In daring to re-create Huck for a new generation, Clinch gives us a living boy in all his human complexity–not an icon, not a myth, but a real child facing vast possibilities in a world alternately dangerous and bright.

    Finn is a novel about race; about paternity in its many guises; about the shame of a nation recapitulated by the shame of one absolutely unforgettable family. Above all, Finn reaches back into the darkest waters of America’s past to fashion something compelling, fearless, and new.
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