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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (English Edition)

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Twain
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Gr 5 Up-While Mark Twain is most often identified with his childhood home on the Mississippi, he wrote many of his enduring classics during the years he lived in Hartford, Connecticut. He had come a long way from Hannibal when he focused his irreverent humor on medieval tales, and wrote A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The hit on the head that sent protagonist Hank Morgan back through 13 centuries did not affect his natural resourcefulness. Using his knowledge of an upcoming eclipse, Hank escapes a death sentence, and secures an important position at court. Gradually, he introduces 19th century technology so the clever Morgan soon has an easy life. That does not stop him from making disparaging, tongue-in-cheek remarks about the inequalities and imperfections of life in Camelot. Twain weaves many of the well-known Arthurian characters into his story, and he includes a pitched battle between Morgan's men and the nobility. Kenneth Jay's narration is a mix of good-natured bonhomie for Hank and more formal diction for the arcane Olde English speakers. Appropriate music is used throughout to indicate story breaks and add authenticity to scenes. This good quality recording is enhanced by useful liner notes and an attractive case. Younger listeners may need explanations of less familiar words, and some knowledge of the Knights of the Round Table will be helpful. Libraries completing an audiobook collection of Twain titles will enjoy this nice, but not necessary, abridgement.

Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


"Twain is the funniest literary American writer. . . . [I]t must have been a great pleasure to be him."
--George Saunders


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Mark Twain (1835-1910) hat sein Handwerk von der Pike auf gelernt. Nach dem Tod seines Vaters machte er eine Ausbildung zum Schriftsetzer und arbeitete in vielen Städten der USA als Drucker und Journalist. Auch auf einem Mississippidampfer war Mark Twain beschäftigt, außerdem wurde er Soldat bei den Konföderierten und begab sich sogar auf Silbersuche. Später führten ihn seine Reisen bis nach Europa. 1864 gelang ihm mit "Jumping-Frog" ("Der berühmte Springfrosch von Calaveras County") der literarische Durchbruch. Humor und Satire gehören zu den Markenzeichen des weltbekannten amerikanischen Schriftstellers, dessen berühmtestes Buch wohl "Die Abenteuer des Huckleberry Finn" (1884) ist. Mark Twains Alterswerk dagegen ist von einer eher pessimistischen Grundhaltung geprägt.

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I know this book was boring and humorless to a lot of students and I can understand why. Things like the telegraph mean nothing to us now, but in Mark Twain's time it was hot technology like a rocket or the Internet are to us today.
Mark Twain was saying, what if we took our modern technology back to a time when people believed in magic and faught with swords and armor. Whoever did this could probably convince these people that the technology was a superior magic and could use this knowledge to dominate them.
This is what happens in the story, but only for awhile. Eventually, even the people in King Arthur's court adjust to having the new technology and no longer see it as magic. For example, the people running the telephone exchange don't care about the Connecticut Yankee's "magic" they just want to keep the lines of communication open with Camelot.
This kind of story is called "satire". It is basically a story that teaches us something by making fun of something else. In this story, Mark Twain makes fun of the kind of people who think they can accomplish anything with technology. The Yankee thinks that he can use technology to trick the nights of King Arthur's court and to manipulate them. At first he succeeds, but gradually they become so immersed in the technology that they don't care about magic and legends any more. Once their mental landscape changes, the Yankee has lost the context he needed to control them. The main argument here is that technology does not solve everything, it just produces new problems. And the kind of people who worship technology are bound to fail in one way or another.
Hope this helps.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Refreshing, Accurate, and Insightful 27. Mai 1999
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Imagine yourself thrown back fourteen hundred years to the kingdom of the legendary Arthur. Add some technical know-how, a touch of arrogance, and a taste for adventure, and you would be Hank Morgan. The successful head superintendent of an arms factory, Morgan is sent back in time by a nasty knock on the head, and finds himself a prisoner at the court of the once and future king. Through an incredible knowledge of astronomy, and mechanics, and his natural intelligence, he finds his way to the top of the Arthurian power structure, and becomes The Boss. Posing as a powerful magician, he impresses the people and the court with magnificent firework displays, stellar predictions, and other "tricks" that today are taken for granted. As he learns more about the social inequalities in the culture that he has no choice but to live in, he comes to the conclusion that he must free the masses from the oppression of the nobility. Morgan attempts to impose the ideals, governing system, and ways of thinking of the industrialized 19th century onto the primitive 6th century. Secretly, he develops a civilization of his own time inside Arthur's Kingdom, his eventual goal being to destroy every remnant of the old ways, and replace them with the new. Traveling the kingdom, Morgan spreads his influence and his beliefs. He encounters on his adventures both heartbreaking situations of cruelty, and heartwarming scenes of humanity. Throughout the whole kingdom, however, he always sees the need to destroy the feudal system. Twain teaches us something through Morgan's determination, and something else by the calamitous ending of the book. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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This novel by Mark Twain tells the story of a man who is swept back in time to the Dark Ages, the supposed period that Arthur and his round table existed. The story seems light hearted and fun throughout most of the text, but it was also written to make apparent the problems of medieval socity, specifically the form of government, which was feudalsim. Fuedalism's downfalls are thoroughly ecplored all throughout the novel by hank Morgan, the main character, as he thoughout the land trying to show the people of the time how wrong the way they live is. mark twain's writin style comes through very stronglyin thsi novel. Like many of his other books (Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn) CYKAC at first glance looks and reads like a children's story. but as further reading and closer study show this is not correct. Several times very graphic descriptions of death and fighting are used and many of the issues addressed by Twain take a knowledgeable mind to be comprehended. This style of writing is misleading at times, because of the way the author describes people and things in a light hearted an almost comical manner. He also labels characters throughout the story with odd names and titles. The light-hearted nature soon fades away when the author paints a picture of families being separated by slavery or the injustice of the Church to the people it is supposed to serve. Twain's writing style may be misleading, but it adds flavor and diversity to the text that is hard to find in other novels. The story That Twain writes is really a parody of the Arthurian legends we all know. Twain keeps the same names and positions of the characters, but completely changes their personalities from what we are used to. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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Ich bin sehr zufrieden. Gefällt mir sehr, wie erwartet. Amazon wie immer klasse! super schnelle Liferung. Mein Mann war begeistert.
Vor 17 Monaten von Margaretha Lechtenberg veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Humorvoll, kritisch, genial
Ich kenne kaum einen Autor, der so geistreich und kurzweilig schreibt wie Mark Twain. Seine Sprache ist einfach und genial zu gleich. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. April 2011 von Marie Luise Konrad
4.0 von 5 Sternen Steamboats and Tall Tales
Mark Twain wrote this book after the success of his earlier travel books, though 'Life on the Mississippi' is hardly what one may call a traditional travel book but then neither... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Januar 2010 von Monika Simon
5.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful
I've read anything that has ever been published on King Arthur *and* I like time travel stories, so I cannot say my opinion is unbiased. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 9. Juni 2009 von M. R. De Boer
4.0 von 5 Sternen Essential for any Twain fan.
Mark Twain, the most globally recognised of the greatest American writers, comes closest to autobiography in this odd and fascinating book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 6. Juni 2000 von Margaret Fiore
1.0 von 5 Sternen I only gave it a 1 'cause there isn't a lower Rating!
Hi everyone! I had to read this book for school and it was torture. I would not ever reccommend this book to anyone. It was soo boring! Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 16. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Literary Classic With Tiny Flaws
In "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", Hank Morgan is transported to the legendary times of King Arthur and Camelot. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 25. März 2000 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen I gave it a 1 because there is no lower rating
"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court" is a book about a man from the 19th century who "time travels" back into the 6th century when he is hit on the head... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2000 von Jason Daly
1.0 von 5 Sternen A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthers Court
"A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthers Court" is about Hank Morgan who lived in the 19th century and somehow was sent to the 6th. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2000 von Kyle Koch
2.0 von 5 Sternen a connecticut yankee in a BORING court
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court takes place in the late 19th century (in the begging of the book) to the mid-7th century (in the end and the middle of the book)A man by... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2000 von Justin Smith
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