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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court ➿ A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Free ➶ Author Mark Twain – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk One of the greatest satires in American literature Mark Twain's 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' begins when Hank Morgan a skilled mechanic in a nineteenth century New England arms factor Yankee in Kindle Õ One of the greatest satires in American literature Mark Twain's 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' A Connecticut Epub / begins when Hank Morgan a skilled mechanic in a nineteenth century New England arms factory is struck on Connecticut Yankee in PDF ↠ the head during a uarrel and awakens to find himself among the knights and magicians Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's eBook õ of King Arthur's Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's eBook õ Camelot The 'Yankee' vows brashly to boss the whole country inside of three weeks and embarks on an ambitious plan to modernize Camelot with th c industrial inventions like electricity and gunfire It isn't long before all hell breaks looseWritten in Mark 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' is one of literature's first genre mash ups and one of the first works to feature time travel It is one of the best known Twain stories and also one of his most uniue Twain uses the work to launch a social commentary on contemporary society a thinly veiled critiue of the contemporary times despite the Old World settingWhile the dark pessimism that would fully blossom in Twain's later works can be discerned in 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court ' the novel will nevertheless be remembered primarily for its wild leaps of imagination brilliant wit and entertaining storytelling.


10 thoughts on “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  1. Anne Anne says:

    DNF 60%I just came to the realization a few minutes ago that I'm a grown ass woman who doesn't have to read boring shitAnd THIS?This was some boring shitOk I'll be the first to admit that classics aren't 'my jam' but A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court looked on the surface fun enough to be readableBZZZZTOk for exampleThis woman whatshername is reading a reallyreallyreally dull account of some fight between knights But instead of just SAYING Whatshername reads a really dull account of some fight between knights Twain writes out PAGES and PAGES of a really fucking dull fight between knights and forces us to read the goddamn thingFuck you Mark Twain FUCK YOUSo what was this about? Fuck all if I know All I got out of it and I read over half was that Twain hates the Catholic church and thinks people in the middle ages were stinky retards Oh but Anne What about Twain's trademark humor? Where was the funny? Show it to me Show me the funny You can't because it's NOT there In fact this book is like some weird black hole that literally sucks the happiness out of youHave you been bitten by a good story lately?Well here This this is the antidote to a good bookI started this at the end of January and it's now April I'm calling it Time of death 841 am 4517Buddy read on 13017 with Jeff Holly Ginger


  2. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    Forget Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn this is Twains´ greatest work And his unknown shorter stories all doing the only thing to make humankinds´ extreme stupidity and cruelty bearable by satirizing them in a way no other classic author could or dared Although some of it was released after this death so he knew about the dynamite It´s very meaningful that even today his great social criticism is almost forgotten or deliberately ignored in contrast to his much famous novels that had criticism in them too but just showed the evil characters not the evil system itself Seems as if we still haven´t gone so far to be able to have open mature discussions about history politics and faith view spoilerI would call it one of the first sci fi uchronia drama comedy hybrids ever How the protagonist shapes the primitive world tries to improve it secretly brings the 19th century technology and democracy and is confronted with the cruelty madness and suffering of this horrible period is astonishing in its creativity Feudalism plus escalating faith was a match made in hell costing humankind 15k years of potential earlier development killing hundreds of millions or even hide spoiler


  3. Ariel Ariel says:

    It's rare that I get swept up in a story for class but this book managed it I've never read any Mark Twain before and this was a super fun place to start with This book was hilarious clever and endlessly interesting It's biggest fault for me is its length there really is no reason for it to be this long especially since the narrative is very much anecdotal and actually felt a lot like a short story collection I'm very interested in picking up another Mark Twain in the future


  4. Kara Kara says:

    Most people think they know this story but they don't they just know the fish out of water story that is just the surface of this book; this is really a story of about the biggest problems Mark Twain observed in his time period including slavery abuses of political power unchecked factory growth child labor and frightening new war technology The final battle scene eerily predicts World War One While the book has many funny moments it's really a somber reflective sad story


  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Mark TwainA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain In the book a Yankee engineer from Connecticut named Hank Morgan receives a severe blow to the head and is somehow transported in time and space to England during the reign of King Arthur After some initial confusion and his capture by one of Arthur's knights Hank realizes that he is actually in the past and he uses his knowledge to make people believe that he is a powerful magician He attempts to modernize the past in order to make peoples lives better but in the end he is unable to prevent the death of Arthur and an interdict against him by the Catholic Church of the time which grows fearful of his powerبا عنوانهای غریبه ای در قصر؛ یک یانکی در دربار آرتور شاه؛ ینگه دنیائی در دربار آرتور شاه؛ نویسنده مارک تواین؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست وهشتم ماه ژانویه سال 2016 میلادیعنوان یک یانکی در دربار آرتور شاه؛ نویسنده مارک تواین؛ مترجم فریده مهدوی دامغانی؛ تهران، تیر، 1379؛ در 193 ص؛ شابک 9646581471؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده امریکا سده 19 معنوان ینگه دنیائی در دربار آرتور شاه؛ نویسنده مارک تواین؛ مترجم علی فاطمیان؛ تهران، تیر، 1379؛ در 233 ص؛ شابک 9644221753؛ عنوان غریبه ای در قصر؛ نویسنده مارک تواین؛ مترجم علی اکبر لبش؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1394؛ در 343 ص؛ شابک 9786002296757؛ عنوان اصلی کتاب «یانکی در دربار شاه آرتور» است، برخی از نسخه‌ های نخستین، حتی با عنوان «یانکی در دادگاه شاه آرتور» هم چاپ شده، ماجرای یک مهندس یانکی، از «کنتیکت» است، که به طور تصادفی، با ضربه ای که به سرش میخورد، خود را در «انگلستان» سده های میانی میلادی میبیند، در حقیقت به گذشته، و به زمان دربار «شاه آرتور» برمی‌گردد، جاییکه او را یک نادان می‌انگارند، اما او به زودی با استفاده از دانش خویش، تبدیل به یک شعبده باز می‌گردد، داستان «غریبه‌ ای در قصر» این‌گونه آغاز می‌شود «من امریکایی هستم در هارتفورد ایالت کانکتیکات درست بالای رودخانه، در روستایی متولد، و بزرگ شدم بنابراین یک ینگه‌ دنیایی واقعی و کار‌بلد هستم بله و تقریبا خالی از احساسات عاطفی یا به عبارت دیگر خالی از طبع شعر پدرم آهنگر بود، و عمویم بیطار دامپزشک، و من در کودکی هر دو کار را یاد گرفتم سپس به کارخانه‌ ی اسلحه‌ سازی بزرگی رفتم، و حرفه‌ ی اصلیم را آموختم؛ تمام آن‌چه را که مربوط به کار بود، فراگرفتم ساختن همه‌ چیز را یاد گرفتم تفنگ، ششلول، توپ، دیگ بخار، موتور، و تمام انواع ماشین‌ آلاتی که کارها را آسان می‌کند من می‌توانم تمام چیزهای مورد نیاز انسان را بسازم، هر چیزی را، فرقی نمی‌کند، و اگر روش جدیدی برای ساختن آن وجود نداشته باشد، به آسانی غلتاندن کنده‌ ی درخت، اختراعش می‌کنم خلاصه، در کارخانه سرکارگر شدم، و دوهزار نفر زیر‌دستم بودند خب، چنین آدمی، کله‌ اش پرباد می‌شود، و حرف کسی را باور نمی‌کند آدمی که دوهزار مرد خشن، زیر‌دستش باشند، مثل خروس‌ جنگی می‌شود، به‌ هر حال من این‌طوری بودم تا این‌که حریفی پیدا شد، و حقم را کف دستم گذاشت سوء تفاهمی میان من و او، که هرکول صدایش می‌زدیم، پیش آمد و برای رفع آن دست به دیلم بردیم او ضربه‌ ای به سرم زد و ؛»؛ پایان نقل ا شربیانی


  6. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    A buddy read with Anne Ginger and Jeff Please let me know if I forgot anybodyDoes it even make sense to give a brief plot description for a classic book? I always do so here goes A typical 19th century Yankee from you guessed it Connecticut ended up in 6th century right at King Arthur court Using modern skills and knowledge he secured the second position of the kingdom and not liking the current state of affairs tried to change them hoping to establish a republic I cannot fully express my disappointment After countless rereads of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn I thought Mark Twain Could Do No Wrong After finishing the book I learned something new he could Some parts of the book were so boring I considered DNFing several times I hoped I would be able to rate it with 3 stars; after all the guy is an undisputed classic of US literature but anything I almost DNFed does not deserve than 2 What is so bad and boring about it? Mark Twain used any excuse to get on a soapbox and heavily preach about the evils of the absolute monarchy At this point I would like to ask a uestion what was the point? I seriously doubt any civilized person of 19th century thought the absolute monarchy is the best form of government there is For this reason all the satirical descriptions seemed wasted Other than satire there was very heavy preaching on the same subject as I already mentioned Do you think I exaggerate? Allow me to explain Suppose you ever end up in a situation which force on you serious sleep deprivation you are a breastfeeding mother or you are a POW in a country which did not sign the Geneva Convention or Freddy Krueger inhabits your dreams and finally you manage to get some much needed shuteye Right in the middle of it some jerk wakes you up asking whether the absolute monarchy is the best thing since sliced bread If you have finished this book I guarantee you will be able to give a correct answer right away before you even realize who you are and what is going on Mark Twain still was a great humorist and the parts where he remembered it were funny some of them uite a lot Unfortunately these moments were few and between and the farther the tale went the fewer they were The funniest moment made me realize somethingI am talking about the description of the joys of wearing heavy armor We all laugh at depiction of female warriors in chainmail bikini justifiable considering them impractical and outright sexist We applaud the depiction of female warriors in full armor Consider this we are talking about fairly thick plates of steel all over your body The thing is so heavy medieval knights had to use help climbing on their horse The full armor might not be sexist but it is eually impractical The funny moments were able to bring the rating to 25 stars which I reluctantly round down; there is no way this is 3 star read for me


  7. Lyn Lyn says:

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain is a must read classic It is so much than Bing Crosby fooling the medieval English into believing he created a solar eclipse It is so much than a time travel novel and anachronistic knowledge It is so much even than a satirical vehicle to examine the deficiencies in romantic England and a tongue in cheek critiue of his own nineteenth century culture This book is all these and all put together under the genius umbrella of Twain’s brilliant humor and skill A scathing rebuke and burlesue of chivalric romantic sentiment the book is also a literary monster truck beat down of both anglophiles and Southern apologists of his own time First published in 1889 it is still fresh and relevant today and still humorous I laughed out loud a couple of times and his sharp observations made me smile throughout


  8. Jim Jim says:

    I don't know why this book doesn't rank higher among the classics isn't discussed Twain manages to highlight of our human modern society's ills graces than any other book I've read This is not just a man out of his time but a journey of discovering just how large fast changes seemingly made for the best can actually be horrifying with unforeseen conseuences Sound familiar? Haven't we all been talking about how technology the Internet has changed our lives so much recently?Twain somehow manages to cover it all in this fairly short book; the justice system technology human rights war Was he a time traveler himself? He first published this book in 1872 but the final battle is eerily reminiscent of World War I which took place over 3 decades laterTwain's themes are practically timeless as often hilarious as they are poignant The section where Hank the Connecticut Yankee is traveling with Arthur incognito is one of my favorites The Yankee might be out of place but Arthur is even so in his own time kingdom simply due to his status The writing style takes a bit of getting used to but is wonderful giving even Shakespeare a run for his money Take this gem I passed them at a rattling gait and as I went by I flung out a hair lifting soul scorching thirteen jointed insult which made the king's effort poor and cheap by comparison I got it out of the nineteenth century where they know howThe story isn't perfect Characters were too often caricatures common to Twain's writing but he uses this to great effect when circumstance suddenly twists There was uite a bit of convenience to the plot but again this is used to make his points Overall it is an amazing read one that should be hauled out every decade or so reviewed


  9. Jeff Jeff says:

    Welcome to Mark Twain’s cranky bilious period Beset by financial problems bad investments and the complete failure of his meth lab experimentsTwain looked to work off some steam He was too old for hookers so he wrote this bookThe blurb on the back of my edition throws a lot of prospective literary terms at the reader Satire? Utopian vision? Romantic fantasy? Hilarious Comedy? Well the fact that all these are bandied about should give you pause for thought because this book is difficult to pigeon hole and as a result it’s somewhat of a hot messEmphasis on “mess”The gist of it After getting into a brawl with a guy named Hercules and getting a lead pipe upside his head the Yankee ends up in a faux Medieval Arthurian times Because he’s a self righteous smug prick who happens to be handy with just about everything he sets about trying to modernize medieval EnglandUtopian satirical romantic chivalric hilarity ensuesAlong the way Twain gets on his soapbox and rants unendingly about the Catholic Church monarchies the Ruling Class rich people braggarts the Catholic Church people who don’t bathe the Catholic Church phonies people who endlessly tell the same old jokesand the Catholic ChurchI honestly thought this book would have been a lot fun than it was I was probably basing that expectation on the movie version the Bugs Bunny cartoon and most of the rest of Twain’s body of work Twain’s wit it can be dark scathing and twisted at times kids is in evidence but the jarring tonal shifts and my inability to suspend disbelief kind of left me with a dull headache I had a hard time believing the Yankee was capable of making such radical technology changes all by himself and keeping many of his factories in secretThe devastating ending brought home one of Twain’s many core points this one about the futility and tragedy of trying to bring technology and values to a time and place that they don’t belong but by that time I was pushing myself to read it Subtlety thy name isn’t TwainThe takeaway If you somehow get transported into the past don’t be a presumptuous asshole and try to change everything go with the flow for a while then use your knowledge from the future to appoint yourself Grand Emperor of Earth Also stay in school and don’t do drugsThis was a rogue pantsless buddy read with the likes of Hog washer and Bacon Breeder Ginger Everyone’s favorite diaper wearing Canadian – Evgeny Holly Go Lightly and former director of AIM – Boise Anne She was let go for pantsing MODOKIf you want to read a tale based on this book minus the humbug whining try L Sprague de Camp’s Lest Darkness Fall If you want your Arthurian legends better served there’s plenty of better options as well


  10. Paquita Maria Sanchez Paquita Maria Sanchez says:

    Man there is so much potential criticism of modern times in this book but I would be remiss to dissect it within the framework of my own reality given that I am not an historian not Mark Twain this book is not specifically relevant to or directly critical of my world so much as a persistent shadow upon it and it is straight up just not 1889 or 5 to 15 something right now Oh and thank the old gods and the new for that shit I've known a lot of re enactors and FantasyMedieval literature buffs in my day being largely from a small ish Oklahoma town with a percentage of jugglers fire dancers chainmail makers tarot readers and general Carnie types that would surprise the pants off someone from outside the community especially considering I'm referring to a city that is smack in the middle of The Bible Belt Getting to the point fun as a circus can be to watch Medieval Times sound like they sucked for pretty much everyone involved I hope that no one would actually intentionally go all Ash into history if given a time machine Fuuuuuck thatI know it's easy to romanticize faraway times especially when they have been completely fabricated to begin with Arthur My cell phone pisses me off as much as the next guy bills and forms and the like get me down too etc Expired tags time clocks health insurance premiums shit like that The notion of a place with simpler customs and an off the land lifestyle sure it sounds fucking sweet in theory However Twain reality checks with a bitch slap here Rather than fair maidens with diamond encrusted fancy ringlet hairdos which take half a day to fashion and gallant knights with silky golden locks and shining armor who would fight to the death for their loved ones it's like you know smallpox and swamp ass Technology medicine intellectual and cultural evolutions showers not things to be taken for granted Between this novel and a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones if you still try and tell me that you would rather live in Medieval Times I'll be forced to armchair diagnose you as batshit andor masochistic And anyway get off the internet That's witchcraft right there and so you are running a serious risk of getting burned to death on a pyre with your first born speared to your chest Awwww isn't that so romantic? Bad as things can be nowadays history is pretty embarrassing in comparison


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10 thoughts on “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  1. Anne Anne says:

    DNF 60%I just came to the realization a few minutes ago that I'm a grown ass woman who doesn't have to read boring shitAnd THIS?This was some boring shitOk I'll be the first to admit that classics aren't 'my jam' but A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court looked on the surface fun enough to be readableBZZZZTOk for exampleThis woman whatshername is reading a reallyreallyreally dull account of some fight between knights But instead of just SAYING Whatshername reads a really dull account of some fight between knights Twain writes out PAGES and PAGES of a really fucking dull fight between knights and forces us to read the goddamn thingFuck you Mark Twain FUCK YOUSo what was this about? Fuck all if I know All I got out of it and I read over half was that Twain hates the Catholic church and thinks people in the middle ages were stinky retards Oh but Anne What about Twain's trademark humor? Where was the funny? Show it to me Show me the funny You can't because it's NOT there In fact this book is like some weird black hole that literally sucks the happiness out of youHave you been bitten by a good story lately?Well here This this is the antidote to a good bookI started this at the end of January and it's now April I'm calling it Time of death 841 am 4517Buddy read on 13017 with Jeff Holly Ginger

  2. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    Forget Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn this is Twains´ greatest work And his unknown shorter stories all doing the only thing to make humankinds´ extreme stupidity and cruelty bearable by satirizing them in a way no other classic author could or dared Although some of it was released after this death so he knew about the dynamite It´s very meaningful that even today his great social criticism is almost forgotten or deliberately ignored in contrast to his much famous novels that had criticism in them too but just showed the evil characters not the evil system itself Seems as if we still haven´t gone so far to be able to have open mature discussions about history politics and faith view spoilerI would call it one of the first sci fi uchronia drama comedy hybrids ever How the protagonist shapes the primitive world tries to improve it secretly brings the 19th century technology and democracy and is confronted with the cruelty madness and suffering of this horrible period is astonishing in its creativity Feudalism plus escalating faith was a match made in hell costing humankind 15k years of potential earlier development killing hundreds of millions or even hide spoiler

  3. Ariel Ariel says:

    It's rare that I get swept up in a story for class but this book managed it I've never read any Mark Twain before and this was a super fun place to start with This book was hilarious clever and endlessly interesting It's biggest fault for me is its length there really is no reason for it to be this long especially since the narrative is very much anecdotal and actually felt a lot like a short story collection I'm very interested in picking up another Mark Twain in the future

  4. Kara Kara says:

    Most people think they know this story but they don't they just know the fish out of water story that is just the surface of this book; this is really a story of about the biggest problems Mark Twain observed in his time period including slavery abuses of political power unchecked factory growth child labor and frightening new war technology The final battle scene eerily predicts World War One While the book has many funny moments it's really a somber reflective sad story

  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Mark TwainA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain In the book a Yankee engineer from Connecticut named Hank Morgan receives a severe blow to the head and is somehow transported in time and space to England during the reign of King Arthur After some initial confusion and his capture by one of Arthur's knights Hank realizes that he is actually in the past and he uses his knowledge to make people believe that he is a powerful magician He attempts to modernize the past in order to make peoples lives better but in the end he is unable to prevent the death of Arthur and an interdict against him by the Catholic Church of the time which grows fearful of his powerبا عنوانهای غریبه ای در قصر؛ یک یانکی در دربار آرتور شاه؛ ینگه دنیائی در دربار آرتور شاه؛ نویسنده مارک تواین؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز بیست وهشتم ماه ژانویه سال 2016 میلادیعنوان یک یانکی در دربار آرتور شاه؛ نویسنده مارک تواین؛ مترجم فریده مهدوی دامغانی؛ تهران، تیر، 1379؛ در 193 ص؛ شابک 9646581471؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان ایالات متحده امریکا سده 19 معنوان ینگه دنیائی در دربار آرتور شاه؛ نویسنده مارک تواین؛ مترجم علی فاطمیان؛ تهران، تیر، 1379؛ در 233 ص؛ شابک 9644221753؛ عنوان غریبه ای در قصر؛ نویسنده مارک تواین؛ مترجم علی اکبر لبش؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1394؛ در 343 ص؛ شابک 9786002296757؛ عنوان اصلی کتاب «یانکی در دربار شاه آرتور» است، برخی از نسخه‌ های نخستین، حتی با عنوان «یانکی در دادگاه شاه آرتور» هم چاپ شده، ماجرای یک مهندس یانکی، از «کنتیکت» است، که به طور تصادفی، با ضربه ای که به سرش میخورد، خود را در «انگلستان» سده های میانی میلادی میبیند، در حقیقت به گذشته، و به زمان دربار «شاه آرتور» برمی‌گردد، جاییکه او را یک نادان می‌انگارند، اما او به زودی با استفاده از دانش خویش، تبدیل به یک شعبده باز می‌گردد، داستان «غریبه‌ ای در قصر» این‌گونه آغاز می‌شود «من امریکایی هستم در هارتفورد ایالت کانکتیکات درست بالای رودخانه، در روستایی متولد، و بزرگ شدم بنابراین یک ینگه‌ دنیایی واقعی و کار‌بلد هستم بله و تقریبا خالی از احساسات عاطفی یا به عبارت دیگر خالی از طبع شعر پدرم آهنگر بود، و عمویم بیطار دامپزشک، و من در کودکی هر دو کار را یاد گرفتم سپس به کارخانه‌ ی اسلحه‌ سازی بزرگی رفتم، و حرفه‌ ی اصلیم را آموختم؛ تمام آن‌چه را که مربوط به کار بود، فراگرفتم ساختن همه‌ چیز را یاد گرفتم تفنگ، ششلول، توپ، دیگ بخار، موتور، و تمام انواع ماشین‌ آلاتی که کارها را آسان می‌کند من می‌توانم تمام چیزهای مورد نیاز انسان را بسازم، هر چیزی را، فرقی نمی‌کند، و اگر روش جدیدی برای ساختن آن وجود نداشته باشد، به آسانی غلتاندن کنده‌ ی درخت، اختراعش می‌کنم خلاصه، در کارخانه سرکارگر شدم، و دوهزار نفر زیر‌دستم بودند خب، چنین آدمی، کله‌ اش پرباد می‌شود، و حرف کسی را باور نمی‌کند آدمی که دوهزار مرد خشن، زیر‌دستش باشند، مثل خروس‌ جنگی می‌شود، به‌ هر حال من این‌طوری بودم تا این‌که حریفی پیدا شد، و حقم را کف دستم گذاشت سوء تفاهمی میان من و او، که هرکول صدایش می‌زدیم، پیش آمد و برای رفع آن دست به دیلم بردیم او ضربه‌ ای به سرم زد و ؛»؛ پایان نقل ا شربیانی

  6. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    A buddy read with Anne Ginger and Jeff Please let me know if I forgot anybodyDoes it even make sense to give a brief plot description for a classic book? I always do so here goes A typical 19th century Yankee from you guessed it Connecticut ended up in 6th century right at King Arthur court Using modern skills and knowledge he secured the second position of the kingdom and not liking the current state of affairs tried to change them hoping to establish a republic I cannot fully express my disappointment After countless rereads of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn I thought Mark Twain Could Do No Wrong After finishing the book I learned something new he could Some parts of the book were so boring I considered DNFing several times I hoped I would be able to rate it with 3 stars; after all the guy is an undisputed classic of US literature but anything I almost DNFed does not deserve than 2 What is so bad and boring about it? Mark Twain used any excuse to get on a soapbox and heavily preach about the evils of the absolute monarchy At this point I would like to ask a uestion what was the point? I seriously doubt any civilized person of 19th century thought the absolute monarchy is the best form of government there is For this reason all the satirical descriptions seemed wasted Other than satire there was very heavy preaching on the same subject as I already mentioned Do you think I exaggerate? Allow me to explain Suppose you ever end up in a situation which force on you serious sleep deprivation you are a breastfeeding mother or you are a POW in a country which did not sign the Geneva Convention or Freddy Krueger inhabits your dreams and finally you manage to get some much needed shuteye Right in the middle of it some jerk wakes you up asking whether the absolute monarchy is the best thing since sliced bread If you have finished this book I guarantee you will be able to give a correct answer right away before you even realize who you are and what is going on Mark Twain still was a great humorist and the parts where he remembered it were funny some of them uite a lot Unfortunately these moments were few and between and the farther the tale went the fewer they were The funniest moment made me realize somethingI am talking about the description of the joys of wearing heavy armor We all laugh at depiction of female warriors in chainmail bikini justifiable considering them impractical and outright sexist We applaud the depiction of female warriors in full armor Consider this we are talking about fairly thick plates of steel all over your body The thing is so heavy medieval knights had to use help climbing on their horse The full armor might not be sexist but it is eually impractical The funny moments were able to bring the rating to 25 stars which I reluctantly round down; there is no way this is 3 star read for me

  7. Lyn Lyn says:

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain is a must read classic It is so much than Bing Crosby fooling the medieval English into believing he created a solar eclipse It is so much than a time travel novel and anachronistic knowledge It is so much even than a satirical vehicle to examine the deficiencies in romantic England and a tongue in cheek critiue of his own nineteenth century culture This book is all these and all put together under the genius umbrella of Twain’s brilliant humor and skill A scathing rebuke and burlesue of chivalric romantic sentiment the book is also a literary monster truck beat down of both anglophiles and Southern apologists of his own time First published in 1889 it is still fresh and relevant today and still humorous I laughed out loud a couple of times and his sharp observations made me smile throughout

  8. Jim Jim says:

    I don't know why this book doesn't rank higher among the classics isn't discussed Twain manages to highlight of our human modern society's ills graces than any other book I've read This is not just a man out of his time but a journey of discovering just how large fast changes seemingly made for the best can actually be horrifying with unforeseen conseuences Sound familiar? Haven't we all been talking about how technology the Internet has changed our lives so much recently?Twain somehow manages to cover it all in this fairly short book; the justice system technology human rights war Was he a time traveler himself? He first published this book in 1872 but the final battle is eerily reminiscent of World War I which took place over 3 decades laterTwain's themes are practically timeless as often hilarious as they are poignant The section where Hank the Connecticut Yankee is traveling with Arthur incognito is one of my favorites The Yankee might be out of place but Arthur is even so in his own time kingdom simply due to his status The writing style takes a bit of getting used to but is wonderful giving even Shakespeare a run for his money Take this gem I passed them at a rattling gait and as I went by I flung out a hair lifting soul scorching thirteen jointed insult which made the king's effort poor and cheap by comparison I got it out of the nineteenth century where they know howThe story isn't perfect Characters were too often caricatures common to Twain's writing but he uses this to great effect when circumstance suddenly twists There was uite a bit of convenience to the plot but again this is used to make his points Overall it is an amazing read one that should be hauled out every decade or so reviewed

  9. Jeff Jeff says:

    Welcome to Mark Twain’s cranky bilious period Beset by financial problems bad investments and the complete failure of his meth lab experimentsTwain looked to work off some steam He was too old for hookers so he wrote this bookThe blurb on the back of my edition throws a lot of prospective literary terms at the reader Satire? Utopian vision? Romantic fantasy? Hilarious Comedy? Well the fact that all these are bandied about should give you pause for thought because this book is difficult to pigeon hole and as a result it’s somewhat of a hot messEmphasis on “mess”The gist of it After getting into a brawl with a guy named Hercules and getting a lead pipe upside his head the Yankee ends up in a faux Medieval Arthurian times Because he’s a self righteous smug prick who happens to be handy with just about everything he sets about trying to modernize medieval EnglandUtopian satirical romantic chivalric hilarity ensuesAlong the way Twain gets on his soapbox and rants unendingly about the Catholic Church monarchies the Ruling Class rich people braggarts the Catholic Church people who don’t bathe the Catholic Church phonies people who endlessly tell the same old jokesand the Catholic ChurchI honestly thought this book would have been a lot fun than it was I was probably basing that expectation on the movie version the Bugs Bunny cartoon and most of the rest of Twain’s body of work Twain’s wit it can be dark scathing and twisted at times kids is in evidence but the jarring tonal shifts and my inability to suspend disbelief kind of left me with a dull headache I had a hard time believing the Yankee was capable of making such radical technology changes all by himself and keeping many of his factories in secretThe devastating ending brought home one of Twain’s many core points this one about the futility and tragedy of trying to bring technology and values to a time and place that they don’t belong but by that time I was pushing myself to read it Subtlety thy name isn’t TwainThe takeaway If you somehow get transported into the past don’t be a presumptuous asshole and try to change everything go with the flow for a while then use your knowledge from the future to appoint yourself Grand Emperor of Earth Also stay in school and don’t do drugsThis was a rogue pantsless buddy read with the likes of Hog washer and Bacon Breeder Ginger Everyone’s favorite diaper wearing Canadian – Evgeny Holly Go Lightly and former director of AIM – Boise Anne She was let go for pantsing MODOKIf you want to read a tale based on this book minus the humbug whining try L Sprague de Camp’s Lest Darkness Fall If you want your Arthurian legends better served there’s plenty of better options as well

  10. Paquita Maria Sanchez Paquita Maria Sanchez says:

    Man there is so much potential criticism of modern times in this book but I would be remiss to dissect it within the framework of my own reality given that I am not an historian not Mark Twain this book is not specifically relevant to or directly critical of my world so much as a persistent shadow upon it and it is straight up just not 1889 or 5 to 15 something right now Oh and thank the old gods and the new for that shit I've known a lot of re enactors and FantasyMedieval literature buffs in my day being largely from a small ish Oklahoma town with a percentage of jugglers fire dancers chainmail makers tarot readers and general Carnie types that would surprise the pants off someone from outside the community especially considering I'm referring to a city that is smack in the middle of The Bible Belt Getting to the point fun as a circus can be to watch Medieval Times sound like they sucked for pretty much everyone involved I hope that no one would actually intentionally go all Ash into history if given a time machine Fuuuuuck thatI know it's easy to romanticize faraway times especially when they have been completely fabricated to begin with Arthur My cell phone pisses me off as much as the next guy bills and forms and the like get me down too etc Expired tags time clocks health insurance premiums shit like that The notion of a place with simpler customs and an off the land lifestyle sure it sounds fucking sweet in theory However Twain reality checks with a bitch slap here Rather than fair maidens with diamond encrusted fancy ringlet hairdos which take half a day to fashion and gallant knights with silky golden locks and shining armor who would fight to the death for their loved ones it's like you know smallpox and swamp ass Technology medicine intellectual and cultural evolutions showers not things to be taken for granted Between this novel and a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones if you still try and tell me that you would rather live in Medieval Times I'll be forced to armchair diagnose you as batshit andor masochistic And anyway get off the internet That's witchcraft right there and so you are running a serious risk of getting burned to death on a pyre with your first born speared to your chest Awwww isn't that so romantic? Bad as things can be nowadays history is pretty embarrassing in comparison

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