A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court

A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court

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When Connecticut mechanic and foreman Hank Morgan is knocked unconscious, he wakes not to the familiar scenes of nineteenth-century America but to the bewildering sights and sounds of sixth-century Camelot. Although confused at first and quickly imprisoned, he soon realises that his knowledge of the future can transform his fate. Correctly predicting a solar eclipse from inside his prison cell, Morgan terrifies the people of England into releasing him and swiftly establishes himself as the most powerful magician in the land, stronger than Merlin and greatly admired by Arthur himself. But the Connecticut Yankee wishes for more than simply a place at the Round Table. Soon, he begins a far greater struggle- to bring American democratic ideals to Old England. Complex and fascinating, A Connecticut Yankee is a darkly comic consideration of the nature of human nature and society.
Publisher: London : penguin Books, 1986.
ISBN: 9780140430646
0140430644
Branch Call Number: FICTION Twain Mark 1889
Characteristics: 410 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm.

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blue_dog_17792
Jun 01, 2019

Really entertaining. M. Twain is great.

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veggieboy
Dec 18, 2018

This book is great! I love his quick wit and my favorite part was when he made the eclipse. I didn't like it, though, when he set fire to Merlin's tower, I felt bad for Merlin, but it serves Merlin right! The beginning was slow, but after chapter four, it was great. I would recommend it to Homeschoolers because they will love it and understand it more. Ages I recommend for it would be 11 and up. Great book! ;)

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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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May 28, 2019

blue_dog_17792 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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