A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

byMark Twain

Kobo ebook | May 31, 2005

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Hank Morgan awakens one morning to find he has been transported from nineteenth-century New England to sixth-century England and the reign of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Morgan brings to King Arthur’s utopian court the ingenuity of the future, resulting in a culture clash that is at once satiric, anarchic, and darkly comic.

Critically deemed one of Twain’s finest and most caustic works, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is both a delightfully entertaining story and a disturbing analysis of the efficacy of government, the benefits of progress, and the dissolution of social mores. It remains as powerful a work of fiction today as it was upon its first publication in 1889.
Title:A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 31, 2005Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553901575

ISBN - 13:9780553901573

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok This was ok but not on par with other works I've read by him.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite good #plumreview Not up to the Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer standard, but very few things are. A classic fish out of water tale of a "modern" American in Arthurian England.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read. As someone from the 21st century, the perspective of a "modern" man from Twain's time is more than outdated. I found the main character incredibly unlikeable. But that only emphasizes, to me, the fact that people will always think themselves superior to the people of the past. It might not be something that Twain intended, but it's an extra level of satire that will only get stronger as the world advances. The fish-out-of-water descriptions of Arthurian England were hilariously relatable, and the more tragic parts of the story hit hard out of nowhere. I love different takes on Arthurian legend, and I don't regret picking this one up.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hilarious Don't let the three stars deceive you, I enjoyed this book immensely! Some of the passages literally had me laughing out loud. I love Twain's wit. It catches you off guard, and just takes you for a spin. In the words of G.K. Chesterton: "In all those excruciating tales of [Twain's], which in our youth made us ill with laughing, the idea always consisted in carrying some small fact or notion to more and more frantic lengths of deduction. If a man's hat was as high as a house Mark Twain would think of some way of calling it twenty times higher than a house. If his hat was smashed as flat as a pancake, Mark Twain would invent some startling and happy metaphor to prove that it was smashed twenty times flatter than a pancake." The illustrations in this edition are beautiful as well. A word of caution: in my personal opinion, this book is not a children's book. It's signature Twain, but it's not Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer, that's for sure. I tried reading it when I was younger, and besides it being downright discombobulating due to the archaic language that he employed in many of the passages, some of the stories told throughout were rather upsetting. The depictions of torture, slavery, slow painful deaths, and other generally discomfiting things that would have taken place in the Arthurian era are rather vividly and coldly described. I eventually stopped reading it at that point in time. Also, you have to remember that it's a satire. The book is full of long, dry rants against nobility and the Catholic Church. Some of it I found interesting, some of it was grinding to get through, but all in all, upon rereading this as an adult, I can definitely say that it was worth it, and I'd recommend it.
Date published: 2013-05-21