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Gr 5 Up-While Mark Twain is most often identified with his childhood home on the Mississippi, he wrote many of his enduring classics during the years he lived in Hartford, Connecticut. He had come a long way from Hannibal when he focused his irreverent humor on medieval tales, and wrote A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The hit on the head that sent protagonist Hank Morgan back through 13 centuries did not affect his natural resourcefulness. Using his knowledge of an upcoming eclipse, Hank escapes a death sentence, and secures an important position at court. Gradually, he introduces 19th century technology so the clever Morgan soon has an easy life. That does not stop him from making disparaging, tongue-in-cheek remarks about the inequalities and imperfections of life in Camelot. Twain weaves many of the well-known Arthurian characters into his story, and he includes a pitched battle between Morgan's men and the nobility. Kenneth Jay's narration is a mix of good-natured bonhomie for Hank and more formal diction for the arcane Olde English speakers. Appropriate music is used throughout to indicate story breaks and add authenticity to scenes. This good quality recording is enhanced by useful liner notes and an attractive case. Younger listeners may need explanations of less familiar words, and some knowledge of the Knights of the Round Table will be helpful. Libraries completing an audiobook collection of Twain titles will enjoy this nice, but not necessary, abridgement.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
"Twain is the funniest literary American writer. . . . [I]t must have been a great pleasure to be him."
--George Saunders --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
The book itself was in good order. The story is a must-read sort of deal. If the author's name itself is not enough to make you want to give this a look then I do not know what... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Three Crippled Monkeys
I read this book, expecting it to be similar to Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. However, I struggled through the old English monologues of some of the characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by Eric B. Smith
Who has not wondered what they would do if sent back centuries earlier armed with the knowledge of modern life? Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by Anthony Sanchez
Wow! What a book. I myself have only read one other book by Mark Twain and that was Tom Sawyer and I really didn't like it. But my compliments to Mr.Twain on this one. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003
Twain has a way of taking something that we commonly idealize and shooting holes all through it. Where Letters From Earth took aim at religious belief, this time its Camelot. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003 by Jennifer B. Barton
I read this recently after having kept a copy around for years; I now wish I had read it years ago. Read morePublished on June 26 2003
'Connecticut Yankee' is an excellent political satire still relevant to today's world. Everyone's heard of it, and it's been spoofed many times in film. Read morePublished on June 9 2003 by Allie
The book, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court" by Mark Twain was very intriguing to read. The beginning of the book had a very interesting attention grabber. Read morePublished on May 17 2003 by Ashley Will