Audiobook: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
1 - 01 – Preface and Camelot
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- Download 02 – King Arthurs’s Court audio
- Download 03 – Knigts Of The Table Round audio
- Download 04 – Sir Dinadan The Humorist audio
- Download 05 – An Inspiration audio
- Download 06 – The Eclipse audio
- Download 07 – Merlin’s Tower audio
- Download 08 – The Boss audio
- Download 09 – The Tournament audio
- Download 10 – Beginnings of Civilization audio
- Download 11 – The Yankee in Search of Adventures audio
- Download 12 – Slow Torture audio
- Download 13 – Freeman audio
- Download 14 – Defend Thee Lord audio
- Download 15 – Sandy’s Tale audio
- Download 16 – Morgan LeFay audio
- Download 17 – A Royal Banquet audio
- Download 18 – In the Queen’s Dungeons audio
- Download 19 – Knight-Errantry as a trade audio
- Download 20 – The Ogre’s Castle audio
- Download 21 – The Pilgrims audio
- Download 22 – The Holy Fountain audio
- Download 23 – Restoration of the Fountain audio
- Download 24 – A Rival Magician audio
- Download 25 – A Competitive Examination audio
- Download 26 – The First Newspaper audio
- Download 27 – The Yankee and t audio
- Download 28 – Drilling the King audio
- Download 29 – The Smallpox Hut audio
- Download 30 – The Tragedy of the Manor House audio
- Download 31 – Marco audio
- Download 32 – Dowley’s Humliation audio
- Download 33 – Sixth Century Political Economy audio
- Download 34 – The Yankee and the King Sold as Slaves audio
- Download 35 – A Pitiful Incident audio
- Download 36 – An Encounter in the Dark audio
- Download 37 – An Awful Predicament audio
- Download 38 – Sir Launcelot and Knights to he Rescue audio
- Download 39 – The Yankee’s Fight with the Knights audio
- Download 40 – Three Years Later audio
- Download 41 – The Interdict audio
- Download 42 – War! audio
- Download 43 – The Battle of the Sand-Belt audio
- Download 44 – A Postscript by Clarence audio
When Hank Morgan, a practical, no-nonsense Yankee who works in an ammunition factory as a head superintendent gets into a fight with an aggressive employee, little does he know what's in store for him. The bully lays Morgan low with a skull-crushing blow delivered with a crowbar and knocks him out. When Morgan regains consciousness, he finds himself transported back in time, to the sixth century. From here on, the story describes the travails of a hard-boiled, true blue American with strong democratic values who has to deal with medieval feudalism and ancient customs!
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court was published in 1889. Mark Twain wrote it after the great success of his early novels, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. His first book, Innocents Abroad had met with a lukewarm reception. Connecticut Yankee... met with mixed reactions. Some regarded it as a great piece of historical fiction. In Britain, it was seen as an attack on their history and culture.
Laced with Twain's inimitable brand of irreverent humor, the book portrays the sheer absurdity of romanticizing the past. If people in modern times thought Camelot and the legends of the Knights was the perfect world to live in, Twain wanted to show them otherwise. He also sought to strike a balance between the mindless worship of technology and so called “progress.” Hank Morgan also tries to modernize the past! He tries to educate the medieval people about machines, science and tries to dispel their superstitious beliefs in magic.
Many of the famous Knights of the Round Table feature in this book. Other characters like Morgan Le Fay, Merlin, King Arthur and Queen Guinevere also appear, in tandem with many of Twain's own creations. Mark Twain's own disillusionment with industrialization and his exploration of the concept of time travel are described in the book. It was in this sense one of the earliest examples of this genre of science fiction.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court has been extensively adapted to stage, radio, screen and television. Since the first silent version in 1921, the book has found favor with Hollywood and a variety of stars have played roles in the films. Disney adaptations, various spoofs and spinoffs, animated versions and references in other books have ensured that the book's popularity never wanes.
For Mark Twain enthusiasts and readers who love humor blended with some historical fiction, this is indeed a great addition to their collection!
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