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[Read Kindle] õ A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court à One of the greatest satires in American literature, Mark Twain s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court begins when Hank Morgan, a skilled mechanic in a nineteenth century New England arms factory, is struck on the head during a quarrel and awakens to find himself among the knights and magicians of King Arthur s Camelot The Yankee vows brashly to boss the whole country inside of three weeks and embarks on an ambitious plan to modernize Camelot with th c industrial inventions like electricity and gunfire It isn t long before all hell breaks loose Written in , Mark A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court is one of literature s first genre mash ups and one of the first works to feature time travel It is one of the best known Twain stories, and also one of his most unique Twain uses the work to launch a social commentary on contemporary society, a thinly veiled critique of the contemporary times despite the Old World settingWhile the dark pessimism that would fully blossom in Twain s later works can be discerned in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court, the novel will nevertheless be remembered primarily for its wild leaps of imagination, brilliant wit, and entertaining storytelling Man, there is so much potential criticism of modern times in this book, but I would be remiss to dissect it within the framework of my own reality given that I am not an historian, not Mark Twain, this book is not specifically relevant to or directly critical of my world so much as a persistent shadow upon it, and it is straight up just not 1889 or 5 to 15 something right now Oh, and thank the old gods and the new for that shit I ve known a lot of re enactors and Fantasy Medieval literature bu Man, there is so much potential criticism of modern times in this book, but I would be remiss to dissect it within the framework of my own reality given that I am not an historian, not Mark Twain, this book is not specifically relevant to or directly critical of my world so much as a persistent shadow upon it, and it is straight up just not 1889 or 5 to 15 something right now Oh, and thank the old gods and the new for that shit I ve known a lot of re enactors and Fantasy Medieval literature buffs in my day, being largely from a small ish Oklahoma town with a percentage of jugglers, fire dancers, chainmail makers, tarot readers, and general Carnie types that would surprise the pants off someone from outside the community, especially considering I m referring to a city that is smack in the middle of The Bible Belt Getting to the point, fun as a circus can be to watch, Medieval Times sound like they sucked for pretty much everyone involved I hope that no one would actually, intentionally go all Ash into history if given a time machine Fuuuuuck that.I know it s easy to romanticize faraway times, especially when they have been completely fabricated to begin with Arthur My cell phone pisses me off as much as the next guy, bills and forms and the like get me down too, etc Expired tags, time clocks, health insurance premiums, shit like that The notion of a place with simpler customs and an off the land lifestyle, sure it sounds fucking sweet in theory However, Twain reality checks with a bitch slap here Rather than fair maidens with diamond encrusted fancy ringlet hairdos which take half a day to fashion, and gallant knights with silky golden locks and shining armor who would fight to the death for their loved ones, it slike, you know, smallpox and swamp ass Technology, medicine, intellectual and cultural evolutions, showers not things to be taken for granted Between this novel and a couple of episodes of Game of Thrones, if you still try and tell me that you would rather live in Medieval Times, I ll be forced to armchair diagnose you as batshit and or masochistic And anyway, get off the internet That s witchcraft right there, and so you are running a serious risk of getting burned to death on a pyre with your first born speared to your chest Awwww, isn t that so romantic Bad as things can be nowadays, history is pretty embarrassing in comparison DNF 60%I just came to the realization a few minutes ago that I m a grown ass woman who doesn t have to read boring shit.And THIS This was some boring shit Ok, I ll be the first to admit that classics aren t my jam , but A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court looked, on the surface, fun enough to be readable.BZZZZT Ok, for example This woman whatshername is reading a reallyreallyreally dull account of some fight between knights But instead of just SAYING,Whatshername reads a really dul DNF 60%I just came to the realization a few minutes ago that I m a grown ass woman who doesn t have to read boring shit.And THIS This was some boring shit Ok, I ll be the first to admit that classics aren t my jam , but A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court looked, on the surface, fun enough to be readable.BZZZZT Ok, for example This woman whatshername is reading a reallyreallyreally dull account of some fight between knights But instead of just SAYING,Whatshername reads a really dull account of some fight between knights , Twain writes out PAGES and PAGES of a really fucking dull fight between knights and forces us to read the goddamn thing Fuck you, Mark Twain FUCK YOU So what was this about Fuck all if I know All I got out of it and I read over half was that Twain hates the Catholic church, and thinks people in the middle ages were stinky retards Oh, but Anne What about Twain s trademark humorWhere was the funny Show it to me Show me the funny You can t, because it s NOT there In fact, this book is like some weird black hole that literally sucks the happiness out of you.Have you been bitten by a good story lately Well, here This this is the antidote to a good book I started this at the end of January and it s now April I m calling it Time of death 8 41 am 4 5 17Buddy read on 1 30 17 with Jeff, Holly, Ginger Forget Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, this is Twains greatest work And his unknown, shorter stories, all doing the only thing to make humankinds extreme stupidity and cruelty bearable, by satirizing them in a way no other classic author could or dared Although some of it was released after this death, so he knew about the dynamite It s very meaningful that, even today, his great social criticism is almost forgotten, or deliberately ignored, in contrast to his muchfamous novels that Forget Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, this is Twains greatest work And his unknown, shorter stories, all doing the only thing to make humankinds extreme stupidity and cruelty bearable, by satirizing them in a way no other classic author could or dared Although some of it was released after this death, so he knew about the dynamite It s very meaningful that, even today, his great social criticism is almost forgotten, or deliberately ignored, in contrast to his muchfamous novels that had criticism in them too, but just showed the evil characters, not the evil system itself Seems as if we still haven t gone so far to be able to have open, mature discussions about history, politics, and faith view spoiler I would call it one of the first sci fi, uchronia, drama, comedy hybrids ever How the protagonist shapes the primitive world, tries to improve it, secretly brings the 19th century technology and democracy, and is confronted with the cruelty, madness, and suffering of this horrible period is astonishing in its creativity Feudalism plus escalating faith was a match made in hell, costing humankind 1,5k years of potential earlier development, killing hundreds of millions or evenhide spoiler I like the sci fi trope of any great empire of the past, take whatever you prefer, may be influenced by culture, epigenetics, and tradition, but let s roll with the great Chinese, Indian, Mongol, Arab, Egypt, Persian, Roman, empire or the Aztecs, Inka, Maya, Khmer See all those ruins All were dictatorships with the well implemented seed of self destruction and just one time the coincidence and extreme improbability of an intelligent government would have been enough to change world history They could have prospered, developed technology, democracy, become invincible by the way, possibly achieving world domination hundreds and thousands of years before, bringing the rest of the world peace and prosperity, and lead to a today that looks like what we imagine as something possible between 3000 to 3500 or something Humans are amazing at destroying their own potential Hardly any novel opened my eyesfor the dark side of all the great stereotypes of Medieval times, knights, the often idealized, even romantic setting, than this ingenious diatribe against dictatorship, slavery, and feudalism, using the for the time revolutionary time travel scheme and culture clash tropes to let the reader understand what horrible persons many fictitious and real emperors were One can interpret so much in the long inner monologues of the main protagonist, who is thinking about improving the medieval world, and that it was written at a moment when democracy was still a farce, makes it a culture study monument Twain lived in a time we deem as extremely primitive and brutal and he looked back at even worse times And before these times, there wereprimitive, but fairer times, before the stupidity of some owning all and patriarchic, unsustainable inhumanity took control It makes one hopeful for the future, because we have already achieved so much, and because artists like Twain have the capability to make one cautious and alarmed to stay on the right path, as the demagogues and maniacs of extremism of all kinds won t disappear overnight and we as humans haven t really evolved that much in intelligence over the last few centuries to make utopia great again forever Rudimentary reading and writing,points on the IQ scales,produced academics, but looking through the democratic world at this moment, 2020, doesn t make it seem as if enlightenment or any ideals of the great thinkers and movements of the 19th and 20th centuries are appreciated, practiced, debated, or lived any.Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique It s rare that I get swept up in a story for class, but this book managed it I ve never read any Mark Twain before, and this was a super fun place to start with This book was hilarious, clever, and endlessly interesting It s biggest fault for me is its length there really is no reason for it to be this long, especially since the narrative is very much anecdotal and actually felt a lot like a short story collection I m very interested in picking up another Mark Twain in the future