A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP A nineteenth century American travels back in time to sixth century England in this darkly comic social satire THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION IN

ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP A nineteenth century American travels back in time to sixth century England in this darkly comic social satire THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information A chronology of the author s life and work A timeline of significant events that proENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP A nineteenth century American travels back in time to sixth century England in this darkly comic social satire THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information A chronology of the author s life and work A timeline of significant events that provides the book s historical context An outline of key themes and plot points to guide the reader s own interpretations Detailed explanatory notes Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work Discussion questions A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader s experience

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  1. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.

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  1. 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 shit.And THIS This was some boring shit Ok, 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 readableZZZT Ok, for example This woman whatshername is reading a reallyreallyreally dull account of some fight between knights But instead of just SAYING, Whatshername reads a really dull accoun [...]

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. A buddy read with Anne, Ginger, and Jeff Please let me know if I forgot anybody.Does 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 di [...]

  5. 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 critique of his own nineteenth century culture This book is all these and all put together under the genius umbrella of Twain s brill [...]

  6. Welcome to Mark Twain s cranky, bilious period Beset by financial problems, bad investments and the complete failure of his meth lab experiments Twain looked to work off some steam.He was too old for hookers, so he wrote this book.The 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 pig [...]

  7. 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 consequences Sound familiar Haven t we all been talking about how technology the Internet has changed our lives so much recently Twain somehow man [...]

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  9. 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 Fantasy Medieval literature buff [...]

  10. I read this years ago, mostly on a commuter train between New Jersey and New York, and I m convinced the other commuters mostly men in suits must have thought I was bonkers because I kept bursting out in laughter There was one passage I remember re reading several times, just to see if I could get through it WITHOUT laughing Alas, no They really must have thought I was nuts that day Sure, there is a lot that is improbable and questionable in this book, especially in the set up guy gets hit in th [...]

  11. This is a paper I wrote for a class on this novel As John Dalberg Acton, an English historian, politician, and writer, once said Absolute power corrupts absolutely This theme is illustrated by the character of Hank Morgan in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court by Mark Twain Hank believes that he is the saving grace for the people of Camelot using capitalism as his means to set them free However, can someone force freedom and a new ideology onto people, and was Hank really just trying to [...]

  12. Bijuteria asta care i bijuterie din toate punctele de vedere are unul dintre cele mai nebunesti incipituri pe care mi a fost dat sa le citesc vreodata Pe scurt, in secolul al XIX lea, intr o uzina din SUA, unu ii da cu ranga n cap protagonistului, care se trezeste in secolul VI Sa vezi trasnaie si nu alta Primele doua capitole, Cuvant lamuritor care tine loc de prefata si Camelot , ilustreaza intr o maniera ironica raportul neasteptat dintre nebunia mea si nebunia lumii , moravurile celor doua r [...]

  13. I managed to be quite disappointed in this book Yes, some parts are clever and funny, especially near the beginning but by midway the joke had gone stale, and by the end I was elated to be done with it The main problem, for me, was that Twain s satire is almost wholly directed at the mythologized world of King Arthur Twain rips apart this world readily enough, but I could not see the purpose in his project Why bother to write a whole book mocking a time that never existed I suppose the answer la [...]

  14. Hank, a Yankee from Early America, has found himself in the sixth century He s now a pupil of King Arthur, a member for Britain, and he s challenged that time periods most magical and dangerous man Merlin However, with his superior knowledge and the sciences from his world he is easily able to out stage and out smart not only Merlin, and all other challengers, but the Kingdom itself He starts small, wanting to add soap and bathing into the equation for cleaner and sanitary persons He moves to a [...]

  15. One of the many good things about lying in order to avoid junior high school is that it allows time to read good books Having done the old thermometer to the light bulb trick, I spent a very productive couple of days home in bed reading, among other things, Mark Twain s Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court.My parents weren t entirely stupid My frequent illnesses had to be demonstrated by coughing, dripping, abnormal temperature and the like Since they were still suspicious, it was a rule th [...]

  16. The next stop in my time travel marathon November being Science Fiction Month was A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur s Court, the 1889 satire by Mark Twain believed to be the first time travel novel ever written Episodic in nature, delightful in fits and starts but long on text and quite short on character, there s a wonderful book in here if you re a fan of Twain s irreverence and patient enough to wait for it.The story gets off to a marvelous start with a tourist at Warwick Castle meeting a m [...]

  17. A book about going to a backwards place, dominated by an ignorant faith and blowing a lot of stuff up in the name of freedom If you can be non cynical enough, you might be able to find sympathy for our American freedom fighters in Iraq by reading of Hank s well meaning attempt at a socio political overhaul I won t tell you how it ends, but your world won t be too rocked This book is really amazing to read from our contemporary perspective Here s a cusp industrial mind writing on the dark ages It [...]

  18. A late 19th century American travels back in time to Arthurian England This, of course, not really Arthurian England, or even medieval England, but a sort of mythical Dark Age with Arthurian elements Twain had quite a bit to say about the past that his accidental time traveler finds himself in Though that relates at least as much, if not so, to his present day than it did to the Middle Ages It can be funny, even darkly so, at times.

  19. I Read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court by Mark Twain to my kids 7 9 Having never read this classic before I expected it to be a little bit kid oriented than it was There were many times when my 7 and 9 year olds struggled to make it through the book.Yankee had so many facets to it that it is hard to pin down At times it is laugh out loud funny, or highly ironic and other times the humor is quite dark At still other times it is down right preachy, especially against Medieval Monarchy [...]

  20. Ok, so Mark Twain This is the only one I ve read, once way back when and just now MT SLC he s not really part of the curriculum or general literary zeitgeist in Canada So I don t really know much about him or about that Huckleberry boy and the other one, Tom I m likely talking out of my hat when I say, if you liked them you ve just got to like this one Although maybe this is directly scathing and satirical Connecticut Yankee is an eviscerating take down of the entire British social structure, y [...]

  21. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court is not recommended I have no idea who its target audience was Mark Twain was wildly popular in Great Britain when it was published in the late Nineteenth Century, but the English found little to celebrate herewith good reason His heavy handed treatment of the Arthurian legend is a misguided effort to contrast American ingenuity and Protestant sectarianism with British traditions in matters relating to governance, social class and state sanctioned relig [...]

  22. Having read and enjoyed several of Jack London s books, it dawned on me to try out some Mark Twain It was with a certain amount of excitement that I approached A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur s Court but, ultimately, found myself disappointed.The concept of the book, that a resident of 1860 s America suddenly finds himself transported to sixth century England in the court of King Arthur, is pretty good However, this book is just so long The writing is not as sharp as in other Twain works It [...]

  23. Un yankeu la curtea regelui Arthur MARK TWAIN, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court, 1889 stilul func ional beletristic curentul literar transcendentalism NOTE, 3 genul literar epic specia literar roman fantastic subspecia literar fantastic histrionic industrialo medieval Un inginer din Connecticut sufer o lovitur la cap, lovitur care l transport instantaneu n Anglia medieval , la curtea legendarului rege Arthur, unde cuno tin ele sale tehnice avansate l ajut s capete reputa ia de mare vr [...]

  24. A classic that deserves to be I loved it when young and still think it s great If you haven t read this I d recommend that you find it It s great The above was my earlier minimalist review of the novel in question I d like to elaborate a bit At the time Twain wrote this the idea of time travel was unquestionably not cliche Twin s picture of the competent every man American dropped into the midst on King Arthur s court is by turns comic and tragic Our hero The Boss seems to land on his feet quite [...]

  25. 3.5 stars I liked this, but the satire but it got old at times For a book this long, I needed characters to care about, but everyone was an everyman.

  26. Un Twain molto diverso rispetto alle Avventure di Huckleberry Finn e il diario di Adamo ed Eva che ho letto Un romanzo sicuramente innovativo per l epoca, uno dei primi a raccontare di un viaggio nel tempo, ma pur avvertendo la vena umoristica sua tipica, non sento lo slancio brillante degli altri romanzi Rimane comunque una lettura piacevole e spensierata anche se con una fine amara.

  27. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court is a train wreck of a novel that, if written today, would never have seen print While notable for its innovation during its time and its hundred thousand imitators, the narrative is rambling, one sided and frustrating.The book begins well enough, with a nineteenth century factory boss being transported into the past, where his knowledge of obscure trivia and modern science saves his life and earns him a position as a wizard King Arthur and his court ar [...]

  28. In the 1966 edition of Major Writers of America , Henry Nash Smith wrote a thoughtful general introduction to the section on Mark Twain Among the work he discussed was A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court While Smith did not attempt an in depth analysis of the book he made a number of points which contextualize the novel and which I personally found quite interesting and useful in exploring and evaluating the book Evidently Twain intended the novel to be a burlesque of Malory s Morte d Ar [...]

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