Hank Morgan is a mechanic, an engineer, and a foreman at the Colt Arms Factory. One day he gets into an argument, "conducted with crowbars," with an employee known as "Hercules." A blow to Hank's head sends him back to King Arthur's England in the Sixth Century. Quickly becoming a newspaper tycoon, an inventor, a showman, politician, and one-man military industrial complex, Hank rises to a position of power second only to King Arthur himself, ultimately challenging all of knight errantry and even the established Church. A remarkably prescient tale, replete with brilliant humor, exciting action, biting satire, and awe-inspiring philosophy, this book shows off Mark Twain's full range of incredible storytelling gifts and his remarkable philosophies of economics, religion, and politics. This Mark Twain In Person Library recording is an approximation of Mark Twain's own voice, just as his family might have heard the story for the first time in the family library.More
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The performance is charming without ever being overdone. The Connecticut accent is perfect and the more difficult English characters are well done through Hank Morgan's interpretation.
I thought that this book was an ingenious way for Mark Twain to get across his clear belief that even a fledgling imperfect, commercial, democratic way of life is far better than an aristocracy Lording it over an uneducated people who are made afraid and weak by their masters and priests with laws handed down from God hampering the people at every turn. Although the masses through generations of the same treatment, accept it without question.
Hank tries to help them while he is doing the best for himself too.
It is clever, well told, moves along nicely, even educational but mostly it is entertaining.
Worked for me.
Worth a credit.