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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
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Nov 11, 2011

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bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, novel, humor, classic, first-person, read-on-kindle
Read from November 03 to 11, 2011

The setting of the book reminded me of that dreadful book Don Quixote, but the protagonist is the Anti-Quixote: a reasonable, sober, and practical American entrepreneur. Superficially set among the Arthurian legends and age of knight-errants, but ostensibly a comment on the problems Mark Twain saw in his own time. The time-flung protagonist adapts quickly and goes to work against the injustices of class rule, the established church, slavery, superstition, and general ignorance, like a benevolent (though unavoidably condescending) engineer of civilizations.

Hilarious, terrifyingly morbid, preachy and boring at times, but still a good read. I liked it.

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