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

Posted July 14, 2015 by Amber in Reviews / 0 Comments

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

by Mark Twain

Publisher: Charles L. Webster & Co. on January 1, 1889
Genre: Alternate History, Classics, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retellings, Satire, Science Fiction
Rating: ★★★

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This novel tells the story of Hank Morgan, the quintessential self-reliant New Englander who brings to King Arthur’s Age of Chivalry the “great and beneficent” miracles of nineteenth-century engineering and American ingenuity. Through the collision of past and present, Twain exposes the insubstantiality of both utopias, destroying the myth of the romantic ideal as well as his own era’s faith in scientific and social progress.

A central document in American intellectual history, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is at once a hilarious comedy of anachronisms and incongruities, a romantic fantasy, a utopian vision, and a savage, anarchic social satire that only one of America’s greatest writers could pen.

 

Firstly, I really want to say that I liked this book. I didn’t read a lot of Mark Twain when I was younger, and I wish I had, because I find his writing style to be very tongue-in-cheek and it amuses me. That said, even with the time lapse between now and when this book was written, it’s still very applicable in that it gives you something to think about even if the technology is out of date. It may be perceived by some as a little bit sexist, but I really liked the narrator’s conversations with Sandy, particularly when he was questing. Twain has a way of being so incredibly blunt about his thoughts, that it isn’t even so much offensive as it will make you laugh out loud from surprise.

All this said, as it was my first time visiting this book, I read it for entertainment value. I would very much like to visit a hardcopy version of this book as opposed to the audiobook so I can look a little bit more into the ideals, as I’m sure he meant a little bit more than to entertain me in the writing of this book. Definitely would recommend it!

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★
Writing: ★★★★ 1/2
Pacing: 1/2
Narrator: ★★★ 1/2
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★

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