A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

eBook - 2002
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Hank Morgan, nineteenth-century New Englander, is knocked on the head with a crowbar and wakes up to find himself in sixth century England, during the reign of King Arthur. Ever resourceful, he determines to be boss of the entire country within three weeks, and with his use of the 'great and beneficent' miracles of nineteenth-century engineering, he triumphs. Hank's efforts to modernize Camelot by organizing a school system, constructing telephone lines, and inventing the printing press bring some unexpected results. A witty, often hilarious social satire that exposes utopian and romantic ideals and provides a disturbing analysis of the benefits of progress and dissolution of social mores, this is Twain's most ambitious work, a literary tour de force. Included in this edition are the original illustrations by Daniel Carter Beard, which Mark Twain praised as "better than the book -- which is a good deal for me to say, I reckon." Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble World Digital Library, 2002
ISBN: 9780594087083
0594087082
9780594102113
0594102111
Branch Call Number: EBOOK FIC TWAIN 2002
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ryner
Aug 07, 2017

Upon taking a blow to the head, our 19th-century American narrator is transported back in time 1300 years, to England in the time of the legendary King Arthur. However, before gaining even a moment to orient himself in this new environment, foreign in both place and time, he is captured by a Knight of the Round Table, imprisoned and sentenced to death. In a stroke of genius and, from the reader's perspective, frankly uncanny luck, he recalls from his own memory and successfully predicts a solar eclipse, which naturally wows and alarms his captors and cements his new reputation and status as a man of fearsome magical abilities. He immediately sets to work "improving" 6th-century civilization, frequently punctuating his endeavors by embarking on various heroic quests and performing miracles to keep his contemporaries in awe.

While at its heart a clever and jolly tale of adventure, <i>Connecticut Yankee</i> is at once both a tragicomedy (lots of death and explosions) and a timeless social commentary on past and present. A significant chunk of the book details the misadventures of the narrator and King Arthur as they experimentally travel around disguised as impoverished peasant farmers. Noting King Arthur's appalled and insulted reaction their mistreatments, our hero astutely observes that people are generally indifferent to injustice until such time as they find themselves its victim. As a reader, I was surprised at how funny this book was, as well as how relevant and readable its content remains in the 21st century.

AYNGELWYNGZ01 Aug 07, 2012

Loved it!

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pinkpickle
May 15, 2011

This book is about a man by the name of Hank Morgan. He gets hit in the head and is sent back to mid-6th century England, A.K.A. King Arthur time. Hank Morgan impersonates a magician. The story tell of Hank Morgan's adventures over 4 years. He meets a woman called Sandy, and they get married and have children. This story wasnt my favourite book because it moved along rather slowly and dragged on. I found it rather boring. This book, in my opinion, deserves 3 out of 5 stars.

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phyllisg
Feb 02, 2010

this book has a sad ending in it

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