A new version and a sharper mind (in some ways at least), six years later, made this re-read a succesful one. The novel is certainly not perfect all around, in particular the boring final section, but most of it holds very well. It reads smoothly, at least once you get used to the dialects, the adventures are thrilling and the picture of Mississippi life, albeit quite violent, is a fine one. I remember my first take on Huck was a struggle and I didn't like it so much. But now, anno 2009, I'm glad to say that first impressions aren't always right.
12 February 2009