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Hank Morgan, a 19th century Hartfordian, awakens to find himself inexplicably transported to Arthurian England in 528.
The story begins in a 1st person narrative in Warwick Castle, where a man details his recollection of a tale told him by a stranger who's personified as a Knight thru his language & familiarity with armor.
After a brief tale of Launcelot slaying two gi
320 pages
Published 1994 by Altaya (first published 1889)
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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.
Feb 15, 2017 Evgeny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
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 ex
Apr 03, 2013 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain is a must read classic.

It is so much more than Bing Crosby fooling the medieval English into believing he created a solar eclipse. It is so much more than a time travel novel and anachronistic knowledge. It is so much more 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
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
Jan 13, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why this book doesn't rank higher among the classics & isn't discussed more. Twain manages to highlight more 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 liv ...more
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Feb 08, 2012 Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
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 bu ...more
Buddy read on 1/30/17 with Jeff, Holly, & Ginger!

Ahmad Sharabiani
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
با عنوانهای: غریبه ای در قصر؛
با عنوان: غریبه ای در قصر؛ نویسنده: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: علی اکبر لبش؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1394؛ در 343 ص؛ شابک: 9786002296757؛ داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 19 م
با عنوان: یک یانکی در دربار آرتور شاه؛ نویسنده: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: فریده مهدوی دامغانی؛ تهران، تیر، 1379؛ در 193 ص؛ شابک: 9646581471؛ داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 19 م
با عنوان: ینگه دنیائی در دربار آرتور شاه؛ نویسنده: مارک تواین؛ مترجم: علی فاطمیا
Andrei Tamaş
May 26, 2016 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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", moravuri
Jul 09, 2012 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, iah-207
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 tryi
Roy Lotz
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 ans
Sep 24, 2011 Natalie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 more sanitary persons. He ...more
Joe Valdez
Jan 20, 2014 Joe Valdez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 meetin
Erik Graff
Oct 04, 2008 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
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 ru
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 more so, to his present day than it did to the Middle Ages. It can be funny, even darkly so, at times.
Jul 18, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 age ...more
Jr Bacdayan
Aug 10, 2016 Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tom “Donald Trump” Sawyer meets Don Quixote.
Jennifer (aka EM)
Jun 21, 2012 Jennifer (aka EM) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more directly scathing and satirical?

Connecticut Yankee is an eviscerating take-down of the entire British social
Franklin Peach
May 13, 2008 Franklin Peach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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 more '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 Medie
Gary  the Bookworm
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 here...with 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 ...more
East Bay J
Sep 13, 2008 East Bay J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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.
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 11, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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 la
Feb 02, 2008 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I head seen and heard little tidbits about 'Connecticut Yankee...' over the past several years. It is one of Twain's most well known novels, after Tom Sawyer/Huck Finn, but I've mostly caught references to the story in parodies featuring Bugs Bunny or Martin Lawrence. That is to say that the time travel to the Middle Ages gag has been overutilized of late. However, the book is a commentary on the ways of modern life, as much as it is a damning critique of powerlessness of 6th Century peasants.

Ruth Hinckley
Aug 03, 2010 Ruth Hinckley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 cour
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 Mor
Oliviu Craznic
„Un yankeu la curtea regelui Arthur (MARK TWAIN, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, 1889; stilul funcțional: beletristic; curentul literar: transcendentalism [NOTE, 3]; genul literar: epic; specia literară: roman fantastic; subspecia literară: fantastic histrionic [industrialo-medieval]). Un inginer din Connecticut suferă o lovitură la cap, lovitură care îl transportă instantaneu în Anglia medievală, la curtea legendarului rege Arthur, unde cunoștințele sale tehnice avansate îl ajută s ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Stela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have to say I browsed the final chapters - even if I understand the message, the book seemed to me longish and somehow boring, too long for a parody, anyway, and too many themes not so developed at all - politics, society, even linguistics and I didn't like the choice of the historical period, why King Arthur, anyway? Maybe because his figure is half historical half mythological and therefore you can put him in (almost) any historical context you want, but he is also a symbol and I wish he rem ...more
Sep 20, 2007 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was too young when I read this...5th grade. Did not get the nuances as much as I might have if I read it later. I was forced to read this and it still makes me cringe when I hear the title.

Get over it, right? Someday maybe.
Oh, wow, Goodreads changed this too. Yech.

While I've long been a fan of the man Mark Twain, and know a good bit about him (living in Connecticut, it's almost hard to avoid the latter), I just haven't ever read much of his work. Or, you know, any. I'm not sure why, and I'm kind of surprised at the realization. In any case I was pleased to see A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in my email, and I ran with it.

And it was utterly not what I expected.

In all honesty, it wa
Nov 11, 2013 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-white-square
If this was more successful, if this was the Great American Novel, I wonder how different the subsequent 120 years would have been. Hank Morgan, the Connecticut Yankee, learns that it is at our peril that we crash into unfamiliar societies and order them along our own lines…

Bits I liked:

"This was an airy slim boy in shrimp-colored tights that made him look like a forked carrot; ... (he) informed me that he was a page.
'Go 'long,' I said; 'you ain't more than a paragraph.'"

Mark Twain wades in
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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 work
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