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When Connecticut mechanic and foreman Hank Morgan is knocked unconscious, he wakes not to the familiar scenes of 19th-century America but to the bewildering sights and sounds of sixth-century Camelot. Although confused at first and quickly imprisoned, he soon realises that his knowledge of the future can transform his fate.
Correctly predicting a solar eclipse from inside his prison cell, Morgan terrifies the people of England into releasing him and swiftly establishes himself as the most powerful magician in the land, stronger than Merlin and greatly admired by Arthur himself.
But the Connecticut Yankee wishes for more than simply a place at the Round Table. Soon, he begins a far greater struggle: to bring American democratic ideals to Old England.
Complex and fascinating, A Connecticut Yankee is a darkly comic consideration of the nature of human nature and society.
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Here then we have a tale of a man (Hank Morgan) who claims to have gone back in time to the 6th Century and been at the court of King Arthur, at Camelot. I like that at one stage Twain gives a nod to Charles Farrar Browne aka Artemus Ward, the other famous American humourist, who influenced Twain and was a sometime mentor.
Often referenced by others as well as being influential we thus are taken to a medieval world where people seem to be gullible, superstitious, and believe in magic – as well as being dirty. Thus we see Morgan upstaging Merlin and trying to bring civilisation to the people he sees around him. Here then we see many of Twain’s bugbears being discussed and ideas being brought in to try and change things, and so we have a burlesque of the types of books that are in the Romantic tradition of King Arthur and chivalry, along with a satire of the world and how things can be altered.
Knights with advertising boards hanging from their armour, encouraging people to buy soap and wash is just one of the humorous things here as Morgan tries to modernise those around him and bring a bit of Americanisation to the English. This met with good reviews in the US, but over here there were some conflicting opinions, as some felt it was taking the pee out of our traditions and our past. In fact, if you read this you will see this is not so, as what applies to the old times was also familiar throughout Europe, and thus this is more an attack on the Catholic Church, slavery, the lack of democracy and so on.
In all this does make for a fun and thoughtful read, but to be honest I don’t think it can compare to some others of Twain’s works.