Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

Title: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Author: Mark Twain

Narrator: Steve Anderson

Publisher: Librivox

First Published: 1889

Running time: 13hr 42min 35sec

Format: Audio Book

Rating: 7/10

Hank Morgan, nineteenth-century New Englander, is knocked on the head with a crowbar and wakes up to find himself in sixth century
England, during the reign of King Arthur. Ever resourceful, he determines to be boss of the entire country within three weeks, and with his use of the 'great and beneficent' miracles of nineteenth-century engineering, he triumphs. Hank's efforts to modernize Camelot by organizing a school system, constructing telephone lines, and inventing the printing press bring some unexpected results. A witty, often hilarious social satire that exposes utopian and romantic ideals and provides a disturbing analysis of the benefits of progress and dissolution of social more, this is Twain's most ambitious work; a literary tour de force.

This is full of humour, but also full of political doctrine on the system of a monarchy versus a republic and how one man who knows more than others can manipulate a nation to his own ends. At times it was long-winded and very dry, but over-all, the epic saga of a 19th century American being transported back to King Arthur's England, and becoming his right-hand man (completely over-shadowing Merlin with his "miracles" of modern science) is rather a romp and well worth trying.


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