A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Mark Twain
fantasy
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain7.46

"You know about transmigration of souls; do you know about transposition of epochs – and bodies?"

So Hank Morgan, mechanic and factory supervisor from Hartford, Connecticut, introduces his strange history, which begins when he wakes up to find himself in sixth-century England. And so Mark Twain introduces us to the results – satiric, satanic, anguished and anarchic – of an imaginary confrontation between the new, nineteenth-century America and Olde England. Rich comedy and extravagant romance permeate the narrative, but these are undercut by a darkness and a depth of seriousness which give the work an ambivalence – the product of Twain's own divided attitude. A benign fantasy becomes an apocalyptic vision of terrifying violence and destruction. A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court is a superbly entertaining novel. It is also a profoundly disturbing one.

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Release date: 1889
Genres: fantasy
Average rating: 7.46/10
Total ratings: 15
Updated: August 21, 2021