Transported back in time to the regal days of chivalry, the quick-witted, sharp-tongued Connecticut Yankee introduces the legendary King Arthur and his court to some "magic" even the wizard Merlin never dreamed of: the destructive power of gunpowder, and the ability to eclipse the sun itself!More
Hank Morgan is a normal guy from Hartford, Connecticut. One day in 1889, Hank wakes up in early medieval England, in the domain of King Arthur. Discovered by a knight, he is brought to Arthur’s court, ridiculed, and promptly sentenced to burn at the stake. Does Hank have any opportunity here? Of course he does, because his author is that opportunistic master, Mark Twain.
As performed with perfect Twainian irony by Norman Dietz, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court shows how a normal American man at the end of the 19th century can be the smartest man in the world if only he carries his knowledge to a bygone time. Filled with satire, dark philosophy, and antic comedy, this is Twain at his best.
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This is so much fun
Surprising, entertaining, funny
There is lots of memorable moments in this book, though I like the piece where he went on a knights quest with a fair maiden to save her mistress from a wicked witch
Normans voice and pace gives life to the story, and he makes it easy for the listener to create immages of the action
Yes - but I did'nt have the time.
It is a light hearted story with loads of wondering, ingenuity, warmth, ignorance, love and intollerance. Read it or listen to it. :-)
- Michael B. Nielsen