A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
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Hank Morgan is an ordinary resident of Hartford, Connecticut who one day wakes up in the middle of medieval England. Although startled at this wild and shocking turn of events, Hank is an eminently practical man who makes the best of his strange fortune, dealing smartly with commoners and kings alike. Mark Twain delights his reader with this hilarious and classic tale in which two very different eras clash. In this satire on his own era's idealization of the supposed chivalry and romance of medieval days, Twain uses his signature wit and humor to highlight the utter silliness of all people across the ages.
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Born Samuel Clemens, Mark Twain (1835-1910) was and is an American legend. A prolific journalist, essayist, and writer of short stories and novels, Twain had a unique gift for capturing and often laughing at the young American nation he knew. Growing up in Missouri, Twain spent his early years on the Mississippi River, which would figure prominently in the world of his later fiction. Twain worked as a riverboat pilot as a young man, but headed west when the Civil War broke out. His trip across the country and eventual years in Nevada and California became fodder for some of Twain's best works. Settling eventually in Connecticut, Twain enjoyed many fruitful years of writing, travel, and family life until he left the world, as he had vowed, with the return of Halley's Comet in 1910. Perhaps best known for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huck Finn, Twain is the author of many other works, including Life on the Mississippi, Letters From the Earth, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and Innocents Abroad.Back to top
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The ungentle laws and customs touched upon in this tale are historical, and the episodes which are used to illustrate them are also historical. It is not pretended that these laws and customs existed in England in the sixth century; no, it is only pretended that inasmuch as they existed in the ...Back to top
Reviewed by PrairieLynn on Mar 11, 2013
Very fine, the first time travel story?
Mark Twain was brilliant, once again I enjoyed every word of this classic.
Reviewed by Paracelsus on May 15, 2012
Totally Out of Place
He was out of place in both worlds. It was a sad ending. I wish he could have kept living in one world or the other.
Reviewed by bald_bookworm on Nov 20, 2011
Reviewed by roslyn on Dec 26, 2010
A funny, silly tale
Mark Twain's characteristic wit sparkles in this light tale of daring and adventure. A 19th century man, a factory foreman, is transported to Camelot in the age of King Arthur, where adventure and revolution await.
I would have liked to visit this age through the eyes of a more impartial observer - I learned as much Connecticut as I did about Camelot. But there is charm in this approach too, for any traveller would have his own leanings, and both are sufficiently foreign to be interesting.
The plot has its weak points, particularly in the final chapters, as our protagonist seeks to overthrow church and state, but it's a fun enough romp along the way.
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