A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

eBook - 2004
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When Hank Morgan is cracked on the head by a crowbar in 19th-century Connecticut, one of literature's most extraordinary fantasy tales begins to unfold. Humorous, devilishly insightful, and resoundingly contemporary, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court remains one of the most celebrated stories in the canon of American writing. Awakening to find himself in the England of King Arthur, Morgan discovers a world of fear, injustice, and ignorance hiding behind a Utopian mirage. The tough-minded Yankee;the embodiment of scientific knowledge;must overcome daunting obstacles, including Merlin the Magician, as he sets out to enlighten sixth-century England. Only Mark Twains unparalleled gift for story-telling could produce this acrobatic tour de force that moves from broad comedy to biting social satire, and from the pure joy of wild high jinks to deeply probing insights into the nature of man.
Publisher: Salt Lake City : Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, 2004
ISBN: 9781470398866
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource :,multiple file formats
Additional Contributors: Project Gutenberg
Recorded Books, LLC.

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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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