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Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi [Kindle Edition]

Mark Twain
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Relates Twain's youthful adventures on the Mississippi River and the historical events of the era.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 680 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 317 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1463590776
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0084B1X2Q
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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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 Steamboats and Tall Tales 19. Januar 2010
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 are his earlier ones like 'The Innocencts Abroad'. A number of chapters had been previously published as a series of newspaper articles and describe Samuel Clemens's training as a Mississippi steamboat pilot before the Civil War. The other part of the book is largely based on Mark Twain's visit to the river in 1881, a trip he made expressly to gather material for this book and observe the changes time had brought to the Mississippi now sadly depleted of steamboats.

Written with wry humour the book covers a whole variety of subjects in this book, not only what one may expect like a history of the river or Mark Twain's own experiences on it and tall tales told to him and by him. Sometimes it is difficult to decide how far to trust the author and his reminscences. There are Indian legends and sarcastic observations and also some quite serious discussions on history, society or the question of why the recent war (known today mostly as the Civil War but also as the War between the States) was still so much on the mind of the people in the South. I particularly liked his theory that the war was caused by Sir Walter Scott's romances.

It is an interesting, amusing and informative book, but I think the reader has to have a previous interest in either the Mississippi, steamboats, Mark Twain or history to appreciate the book. For those who are interested in one or several of these topics this is a book well worth reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful 9. Juni 2009
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. This is a delightful read, very witty, you'll smile or laugh out loud regularly. Twain mixes modern American language with "antique" English. Hank, the main character, is an American contemporary guy, who finds himself in Arthurian times. He uses his knowledge to enchant and manipulate the people surrounding him. Didn't you ever dream about walking the streets of a long past era?
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen gut
Ich bin sehr zufrieden. Gefällt mir sehr, wie erwartet. Amazon wie immer klasse! super schnelle Liferung. Mein Mann war begeistert.
Vor 14 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 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
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Connecticut Yankee In An Exciting Court
In this book, a man named Hank Morgan is transported from the 19th century to the Dark Ages. He lives there for about a decade living a full and exciting life. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2000 von Kenny Liao
1.0 von 5 Sternen Connecticut Yankee
Hank Morgan, a Connecticut Yankee, travels back into time wher King Arthur rules. Needless to say, he goes on an excursion with King Arthur experiencing many events along the way. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2000 von Kristine Cheesman
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