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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Mark Twain

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1. 01 – Preface and Camelot
2. 02 – King Arthurs’s Court
3. 03 – Knigts Of The Table Round
4. 04 – Sir Dinadan The Humorist
5. 05 – An Inspiration
6. 06 – The Eclipse
7. 07 – Merlin’s Tower
8. 08 – The Boss
9. 09 – The Tournament
10. 10 – Beginnings of Civilization
11. 11 – The Yankee in Search of Adventures
12. 12 – Slow Torture
13. 13 – Freeman
14. 14 – Defend Thee Lord
15. 15 – Sandy’s Tale
16. 16 – Morgan LeFay
17. 17 – A Royal Banquet
18. 18 – In the Queen’s Dungeons
19. 19 – Knight-Errantry as a trade
20. 20 – The Ogre’s Castle
21. 21 – The Pilgrims
22. 22 – The Holy Fountain
23. 23 – Restoration of the Fountain
24. 24 – A Rival Magician
25. 25 – A Competitive Examination
26. 26 – The First Newspaper
27. 27 – The Yankee and t
28. 28 – Drilling the King
29. 29 – The Smallpox Hut
30. 30 – The Tragedy of the Manor House
31. 31 – Marco
32. 32 – Dowley’s Humliation
33. 33 – Sixth Century Political Economy
34. 34 – The Yankee and the King Sold as Slaves
35. 35 – A Pitiful Incident
36. 36 – An Encounter in the Dark
37. 37 – An Awful Predicament
38. 38 – Sir Launcelot and Knights to he Rescue
39. 39 – The Yankee’s Fight with the Knights
40. 40 – Three Years Later
41. 41 – The Interdict
42. 42 – War!
43. 43 – The Battle of the Sand-Belt
44. 44 – A Postscript by Clarence

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Summary

When Hank Morgan, a practical, no-nonsense Yankee who works in an ammunition factory as a head superintendent gets into a fight with an aggressive employee, little does he know what's in store for him. The bully lays Morgan low with a skull-crushing blow delivered with a crowbar and knocks him out. When Morgan regains consciousness, he finds himself transported back in time, to the sixth century. From here on, the story describes the travails of a hard-boiled, true blue American with strong democratic values who has to deal with medieval feudalism and ancient customs! A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court was published in 1889. Mark Twain wrote it after the great success of his early novels, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. His first book, Innocents Abroad had met with a lukewarm reception. Connecticut Yankee... met with mixed reactions. Some regarded it as a great piece of historical fiction. In Britain, it was seen as an attack on their history and culture. Laced with Twain's inimitable brand of irreverent humor, the book portrays the sheer absurdity of romanticizing the past. If people in modern times thought Camelot and the legends of the Knights was the perfect world to live in, Twain wanted to show them otherwise. He also sought to strike a balance between the mindless worship of technology and so called “progress.” Hank Morgan also tries to modernize the past! He tries to educate the medieval people about machines, science and tries to dispel their superstitious beliefs in magic. Many of the famous Knights of the Round Table feature in this book. Other characters like Morgan Le Fay, Merlin, King Arthur and Queen Guinevere also appear, in tandem with many of Twain's own creations. Mark Twain's own disillusionment with industrialization and his exploration of the concept of time travel are described in the book. It was in this sense one of the earliest examples of this genre of science fiction. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court has been extensively adapted to stage, radio, screen and television. Since the first silent version in 1921, the book has found favor with Hollywood and a variety of stars have played roles in the films. Disney adaptations, various spoofs and spinoffs, animated versions and references in other books have ensured that the book's popularity never wanes. For Mark Twain enthusiasts and readers who love humor blended with some historical fiction, this is indeed a great addition to their collection!

Reviews

Yosh

- CT Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Fantastic story that I wouldn't have read in print. I listen to a few chapters during my nightly walk. Well worth the time to listen.

Paul

- Yankie Court

Amazing. Nothing more to stay.