Review The Ballad of Huck & Miguel by Tim DeRoche – Synopsis – 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 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 who 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. #Huckandmiguel #NetGalley
Publisher : Redtail Press
Genre : General Fiction (Adult) , Literary Fiction
Review The Ballad of Huck & Miguel by Tim DeRoche – I do not expect too much from this fictional novel, but in the end, I got more than I expected. So Tim DeRoche carries a story written by Mark Twain today. Imagine it! How this idea is so classic and evocative. Already from the beginning I was disturbed by the language and really tormented to the end. But it was not an interference, so I did not give up. Huck can arrive in LA to follow Pap. Huck does not know if it’s a Pap trip for drug problems. The accident happened because Pap was stuck in trouble and now is the right time for Huck to get away from Pap. Yes, it was Huck’s great desire to get out of the Pap.
The story has brought Huck up to the home of Miss Watson and Douglas. Huck had met aunt Polly and Tom Sawyer before. After that, Huck meets with Miguel who works at the couple’s place as a stableman. Huck had bad thoughts and a bad attitude to Miguel because he was an illegal immigrant called Mexigrant. All of that is because of the influence of Pap teachings that are not true about the Mexicans who enter into illegal immigrants. Pap pursues Huck to the home. And that’s the beginning of the problems that make Huck and Miguel have to go down the Los Angeles Rivers.
For me, it was a wild, amazing and very brave journey. The stories when they meet the good strangers, the good colonel, the snake that bites Miguel. And also when Huck had to find his antidote. But Pap did not give up and found them. The courage of Huck’s attitude was tested on this journey. And with a very beautiful narrative language, Tim DeRoche describes this journey as a very binding main story. This story provides a valuable moral value to all adults. We do not have to look down on those who run away from their place. They are just fighting and it’s time for us to accept it. People like Miguel are not always bad, and Huck has proven that. #Huckandmiguel #NetGalley
For me, this novel is a memory and a memory of Mark Twain’s adventures alive today.
I think : Buy It
Page Length: 270 pages
Publisher, date : Redtail Press, 18 February 2018
- Clear narrative
- Real character
- Very good message to all reader
- A slightly annoying phrase