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Ho live down by the river And they learn the true value of love and loyalty The Ballad of Huck and Miguel is not only a thrilling urban adventure but also an inspired tribute to one of the most beloved novels ever written Tim DeRoche recreates Mark Twain s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as taking place in modern Los Angeles and does a credible job Perhaps there s no need for such an endeavor but why not DeRoche decides to take a different time frame for Finn to focus on and it s amusing to see how he lets Finn cogitate on what s happening nowFinn tries to escape from his abusive father Pap but Pap is difficult to shake off He s mean with a miserable life of drinking drugs and abusing people He s determined to raise Huck as he sees fit Huck travels with him to Los Angeles in a farcical search of wealth but finds the uest to be untenable and tries to set off on his own Pap isn t going to allow it so the entanglement continues Huck never uite freeing himself from his father s hateful presenceTom Sawyer you remember him has re established himself in LA and Huck tries to connect with him He along with new friend an illegal immigrant named Miguel get involved with a lesbian couple who want to civilize Huck and in the process further alienate Pap who considers homosexuality a sin and declares that Mexigrants such as Miguel are ruining the country Along the way Huck encounters strange animals beastly humans drug deals beatings kindness religious fervor politics and reality televisionThe chase sets off down the cement encased Los Angeles River with Huck and Miguel on a homemade raft and Pap pursuing on the overseeing streets The adventures are many but the different environment allows Huck to see and comment on many modern scenes and topics to give his homespun views Using back home vernacular the author presents some amusing new words that uphold Twain s vision of the Huckleberry Finn characterI found the book to be amusing cleverly crafted and refreshing The woodcuts by Daniel Gonzalez are wonderful and deserve to be honored in a book of their own Don t miss this one

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The Ballad of Huck Miguel

In this retelling of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Tim DeRoche dares to imagine that Huck Finn is alive today Chased by his vengeful and psychotic father Pap Huck escapes down the concrete gash that is t 354 Ben wanted to stay there with me too but I told him he warn t old enough seeing how he had just turned seven I was almost nine years old if you believed what my Pap said which is the proper age for living wild out in the woods The author says he hopes this retelling of Mark Twain s much loved classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will encourage kids to read the original This certainly modernises the familiar story of Huck paddling down the Mississippi River on a raft with runaway slave Jim in the mid 1800s A small uibble from me is that Twain s Huck was a believable 13 or 14 rather than only almost nine but I guess there isn t as much traffic on the Los Angeles RiverI must mention the wonderful linocut illustrations by Daniel Gonz lez Here s a link to his art They immediately reminded me of my father s collection of Thomas Hart Benton s prints that depicted scenes from old American stories and songs The one of Jim and Huck hung where I saw it every day very dark and kind of scary Today s Huck is hiding out in the woods to escape his father s drunken rages because He had a wild look in his eye like a dog that got the rabies His mother has possibly been killed by his father and his little pal Ben only seven brings him scraps of food He s uite content until Pap finds him knocks him senseless and carts him off in the camper truck to California where Huck escapes and meets a black boy named Tom Sawyer and his Aunt Polly a lawyer There are plenty of hair raising episodes where Huck and Tom find a body Twain s Injun Joe perhaps get involved in a drug deal and a gunfight Illustration of Huck and Tom adventuringThen follows a peaceful time where Huck is fostered by thespian ladies and befriends their stable hand an illegal Mexigrant Illustration of Pop teaching Huck about Mexigrants The author fits in as many of today s social issues as he can At one point Huck thinks working in a skyscratcher sounds appealing until he realises what an internship is wanted me to come work for him for free kind of like a slave but he called it an intern Illustration of skyscratchers Huck meets Buck whose family he says is even higher class than the thespian ladies No prizes for guessing who the family is Buck s mama had been on a TV show all about rich and famous people for near on a year and Buck s father had one time been one of them football players They called it Gallivanting with the Grangerfords and everybody was monstrous proud of how many million people watched every week But there s a shooting and Miguel is forced to flee accused on the news of kidnapping a white boy There s no Mississippi River but there is the Los Angeles River which eventually runs down the concrete canyons and culverts through the city If you ve seen the movie Grease you ll remember the car races that took place there That s the river bed when it s dryHuck reckons they can paddle till they get back to Tom Sawyer and Aunt Polly the lawyer More adventures along the riverIllustration of the bird watching them sleep near the river An old timer camped along the river explains about the anti immigration politician who s campaigning loudly to capture dangerous illegal Miguel You ll recognise today s politics of fear He gets em all riled up with talk of trouble and danger The average man doesn t like trouble and danger He doesn t want to take the time to get the facts straight and figure out what justice is He just wants someone to tell him that the trouble and danger are gone that there s nothing to worry about any There are homeless people trolls under bridges and a religious cult but one of the funniest groups to me were the social actervists protesting for euality The leader Worker Brian made sure he d scored a fancy imported car for his birthday from his wealthy parents before he disowned them for being capitalists Worker Brian said that there was a magical place where they d most got rid of racialism altogether It was a place called Sanforcisco and it was bully even than Los Angeles on account that all the people was the most lovingest people on the face of the earth It sounded like a real bully place if you was black or a Mexigrant but Brian said that none of em lived there no It was better that way too he said cause there warn t no chance that you d run into one of em on the street and then say something racialist on accident A novel take on apartheid eh And so it goes Kids who might not relate Twain s story to today s world will be left in no doubt as to what DeRoche s Huck and Miguel find along the river The language is easy to read and the author has limited Huck s distinctive speech patterns and pronunciation so that we know what he sounds like without having to figure out what he means Another uibble is that I disliked the overuse of Teddy Roosevelt s favourite word bully for terrific since it is used in such a different way today and I doubt backwoods kids use it the old way now But I m happy to be corrected if anyone knows it is still used in MissouriAll in all an interesting modern tribute to Twain s Huck and a reasonably entertaining gateway book kids should enjoy as well as adults Now I hope they go and read the real thingThanks to NetGalley Redtail Press the author and the artist for the preview copy from which I ve uoted

Tim DeRoche ã 5 Summary

He Los Angeles River with his friend Miguel an illegal immigrant who has been falsely accused of murder Riding the dangerous waters of a rainstorm the two fugitives meet a strange cast of Angelenos both animal and human w This is a beautiful hardcover book Gorgeous illustrations by Daniel Gonzalez And a thrilling adventure story on the LA River It s very funny toothe author has taken Huck Finn s voice and brought it back to life in a really brilliant wayThis isn t a book for kids though There s violence and satire and the language isn t always easyI m surprised no one has thought of doing this before


10 thoughts on “The Ballad of Huck Miguel

  1. says:

    354★“Ben wanted to stay there with me too but I told him he warn’t old enough seeing how he had just turned seven I was almost nine years old if you believed what my Pap said which is the proper age for liv

  2. says:

    The Ballad of Huck and Miguel is a beautiful and timely reselling of the classic Huckleberry Finn This time Huck is on the run with an illegal immigrant Much of the original is kept in place and somehow makes sense in modern times I found this to be a definite indictment of our current culture There are stunning illustrations inclu

  3. says:

    This book was written well and had beautiful illustrations I loved The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when I was younger and a re imagined version sounded right up my alley The characterization was great and the story interesting Thank you to NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review

  4. says:

    This is funny cute and has a wonderful message but it lacks the powerful narrative of the book it's attempting to pay tribute to It also lacks the incredible spirit of adventure that made the original Huck Finn so memorableThe general gist of the retelling is a good one but the plot borders on absurdist too often most notably with the fathe

  5. says:

    This is a beautiful hardcover book Gorgeous illustrations by Daniel Gonzalez And a thrilling adventure story on the LA River It’s very funny toothe author has taken Huck Finn’s voice and brought it back to life in a really bril

  6. says:

    Huck – yes that Huck – or a reasonable facsimile thereof is back in all his boyish glory in this modern day tale about a gutsy survivor If you’ve read Mark Twain’s classic The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn you know Huck has experienced physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father a violent drunk who Huck wants to

  7. says:

    The Ballad of Huck and Miguel is a dope story as Tom Sawyer would say in this retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn where Huck is on

  8. says:

    Tim DeRoche recreates Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” as taking place in modern Los Angeles and does a credible job Perhaps there’s no need for such an endeavor but why not DeRoche decides to take a different time frame for Finn to focus on and it’s amusing to see how he lets Finn cogitate on what’s happening nowFinn tries to escape from his abusive father Pap but Pap is difficult to shake off He’s mean with a mi

  9. says:

    Tim DeRocheΦBK Pomona College 1992AuthorFrom the publisher In this retelling of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Tim DeRoche dares to imagine that Huck Finn is alive today Chased by his vengeful and psychotic father Pap Huck escapes down the concrete gash that is the Los Angeles River with his friend Miguel an illegal immigr

  10. says:

    Thoroughly entertaining adventures of Huck Finn with a twist He exists in the 21st century and meets up with villains and friends alike but the encounters involve 21st century societal dangers Things get scary nearly every chapter and it seems that Huck will never find a safe space Will he escape the clutches of this or that nemesis Are 21st century dangers worse than 19th century the time period his character seems to