The sequel to OThe Adventures of Tom SawyerO remains one of the greatest creations in American fiction. 'Huckleberry Finn' is a picaresque tale, told in HuckOs own voice, of his adventures on a raft on the Mississippi River. It begins with HuckOs escape from his drunken, brutal father to the river, where he meets up with Jim, a runaway slave. The story of their journey downstream, with occasional forays into the society along the banks, is an American classic that captures the smells, rhythms, and sounds, the variety of dialects and the human activity of life on the great river. The novel is also a penetrating social commentary that reveals corruption and moral decay through Huck and JimOs encounters with traveling actors and con men, lynch mobs, thieves and southern gentility. Through Jim, and through his own observations and experiences, Huck learns about the dignity and worth of human life.