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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Bantam Classics) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1983
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Mark Twain's scathing criticism of the sham of hereditary monarchy bolstered by an Established Church makes this among his choicest writings. He resents the condition of a Church which "turned a nation of men into a nation of worms." A fervent believer in individual freedom, Twain uses Hank to voice his disdain of Britain's royalty. It's no more than might be expected of a man who boasted of but one ancestor - who sat on the jury that executed Charles I. Hank knows revolutions never succeed when implemented from above. Revolution be achieved only when the individual's attitude changes from meek acceptance to
self assertion. Hank's method reaches people through clandestine schools and factories, publication of a newspaper and establishment of a telephone system. These new forms of manufacture and communication become the foundation by which Hank expects to abolish the ancient, mis-named, chivalric tradition. Does he change the course of history?Read more ›
I have to believe that most of his readers of his time (and ours) did not understand his underlying messages regarding society and its institutions. For me, it was hard to miss the way he unmasked the church, the state and society as a whole. I had to laugh out loud at some of the ways he managed to expose the absurdities of government and religion.
This book is a quick read and is immensely satisfying if the reader takes the time to follow Twain's logic to its natural conclusions.
When a Connecticut Yankee gets sent back in time to King Arthur's Court, he decides his superior knowledge should be used to educate such an "ignorant race." Of course, we all know that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and if I didn't know better, I would say that the person who coined the phrase did so after finishing this novel. The story's main character, Hank Morgan, is a likeable, if not laughable character, yet as most of us already know: absolute power corrupts absolutely. Once technology gets on a roll, the beast of civilization takes off running and Morgan cannot pull in the reigns. Total disaster ensues (incase you had not already guessed).
This was a fun read and a look at a problem that is still very much alive today. Too much civilization can be like a disease, especially when those who are working to spread it find that they are doing it for reasons other than altruism.
Also, do you remember the scene in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" when Indiana Jones whips out his gun to shoot the sword-wielding Sultan? That scene was surely lifted from this very book!
Trust me, this is a novel for thought, but one that will not bore you. Twain was a master and this is perhaps my favorite of his novels. Very highly recommended.
While known primarily for his biting wit, it is not all fun and games in Twain’s Arthurian land, and he brought forward several serious issues in his narrative. The author showed that he could write as eloquently about heavy subject matter as he could be flippant and irreverent on lighter topics. The most poignant and moving scenes involved a woman dying of smallpox in her home and a young mother who was hanged for being poor. Mark Twain may have had a bristly, acerbic exterior, but reading these scenes so tenderly described, one sees that the man Samuel Clemens had a deep affection for his fellow human beings, and that justice, mercy and kindness were principles dear to his person.
On the whole, this was an enjoyable book to read. By today’s standards, there is not much action in it, but it is well-written and continually keeps the plot moving through the introduction of new incidents and characters. The Yankee, Hank Morgan, is a driver of much of the plot, and so it is easy to connect with him as he makes things happen in King Arthur’s world.
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I enjoyed this book even tthough it is a reread. I must admit that my first time reading it was decades ago and might have been a childrens version because I didn't remember the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by James Meyers
Mark Twain' s Connecticut Yankee... established a standard for time-travel novels that we see repeated in many subsequent works of fiction, none more so than Michael Crichton' s... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Bruce Snyder
Very interesting fantasy alternative history. I've always loved Mark Twain's style. I don't think this was his best work, but it was still a good readPublished 17 days ago by Tom Thacker
I think this titles is one of the a few great classic books on the topicPublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is my first time reading this story.I've also never seen the movie.I found Twain a bit hard to take.Our main character 'the boss' is not a likable guy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deedra
This is my favourite story among Mark Twain's, so I was really excited to finally buy it in the original language. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One of the funniest books I have ever read. If you like time travel books, this one is excellent. A man from 1879 Connecticut goes back in time to King Arthur's Court. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Victoria