On my new Kindle, Iâve been reading a lot of Mark Twain. I bought the new autobiography that came out in August and itâs great (although very longâI will be reading it for a while) and have also recently read âThe Innocents Abroadâ. I read quite of few of Mark Twainâs works in the past. I donât read fiction (or even autobiography) very often, so itâs been a real treat to not think about technology or self-improvement for a while.
We had to read Huckleberry Finn in high school. It had the n-word. We had to know that âthatâs how people talked back then.â
Thereâs a big controversy over removing the word in newer editions of the book. It is being held as political correctness gone amok. I know the book is often banned because of that word.
But, to be honest, I donât see the problem changing it. That word is not what made the book a success. If it makes it easier for the single black child in an all-white suburban classroom to get through his day, then great.
As a teenager, I also read the âCount of Monte Cristoâ and Iâm pretty sure the language of that book was changed too (out of sensitivity to the fact that I donât speak French). It was still a great book.