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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

This book has a unique plot. A great classic.

Mark Twain's book is about a nineteenth century Yankee named Hank who finds himself in Camelot after getting hit on the head. He must immediately fight for his life and find his place in his new world. His resources include his knowledge of the future, an understanding ...
Mark Twain's book is about a nineteenth century Yankee named Hank who finds himself in Camelot after getting hit on the head. He must immediately fight for his life and find his place in his new world. His resources include his knowledge of the future, an understanding of technology and machinery, and a quick wit.
The plot focuses on Hank's attempts to refine the culture and ideas of this early medieval time. I liked the way that events in the story unfolded because it was refreshingly unpredictable and unique. At one point in time, he is posting billboards on knights for advertisement purposes, and later he is lassoing knights from their saddles in a jousting tournament. Although these things may seem silly and off-the-wall, Twain uses interesting, eye-catching language (for instance, when he is describing the castle on page thirty-three, he says, "There was no gas, there were no candles' a bronzed dish half full of boardinghouse butter with a blazing rag floating in it was the thing that produced what was regarded as light"). His description of simple things is still extremely interesting. He provides a deeper message about politics and the oppression of the people.
Although I sincerely enjoyed the plot and Twain's language, I did not like Hank as a character. As he came into power due to his knowledge and understanding, he became conceited. He liked to think of the world around him as a stage; he would do things in a way that would be the most picturesque, instead of in ways that would most easily help himself and the people around him. As an example, Hank, at one point in the novel, chants in a magical language as he is freeing water from a well with an explosion. Twain seems to be teaching a lesson by pointing out the flaws in Hank, but at times his character was annoying to me because of his showy attitude.
Altogether, the book was very enjoyable. My own dislikes as I read the story were few and minor. The story is very well done and deserves to be read if you are looking for a good classic.

posted by 8264919 on May 18, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

This is the best B&N and Googlescan can do?????

For pete's sake! Every third word is mispelled or replaced with an inappropriate word. It's like having spellcheck correcting the entire works of Twain!

As a new nook user, now I know how they get you to upgrade to the paid versions...just make the free ones unreadabl...
For pete's sake! Every third word is mispelled or replaced with an inappropriate word. It's like having spellcheck correcting the entire works of Twain!

As a new nook user, now I know how they get you to upgrade to the paid versions...just make the free ones unreadable.

posted by Anonymous on January 26, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    This is the best B&N and Googlescan can do?????

    For pete's sake! Every third word is mispelled or replaced with an inappropriate word. It's like having spellcheck correcting the entire works of Twain!

    As a new nook user, now I know how they get you to upgrade to the paid versions...just make the free ones unreadable.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    A bit No really bad

    I would give it 0 stars if i couldd the paragraphs were jumbled in with each other and ut was really confusing i only gor ti page 30 if yiu reading this dont take up the wasted space

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    I like the book, but the formatting of this particular version w

    I like the book, but the formatting of this particular version was really bad, at least on Nook for Android. The beginning of the book was garbled with the very first paragraph beginning in the middle and others out of order. I am going to look for a different version.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2011

    This book has a unique plot. A great classic.

    Mark Twain's book is about a nineteenth century Yankee named Hank who finds himself in Camelot after getting hit on the head. He must immediately fight for his life and find his place in his new world. His resources include his knowledge of the future, an understanding of technology and machinery, and a quick wit.
    The plot focuses on Hank's attempts to refine the culture and ideas of this early medieval time. I liked the way that events in the story unfolded because it was refreshingly unpredictable and unique. At one point in time, he is posting billboards on knights for advertisement purposes, and later he is lassoing knights from their saddles in a jousting tournament. Although these things may seem silly and off-the-wall, Twain uses interesting, eye-catching language (for instance, when he is describing the castle on page thirty-three, he says, "There was no gas, there were no candles' a bronzed dish half full of boardinghouse butter with a blazing rag floating in it was the thing that produced what was regarded as light"). His description of simple things is still extremely interesting. He provides a deeper message about politics and the oppression of the people.
    Although I sincerely enjoyed the plot and Twain's language, I did not like Hank as a character. As he came into power due to his knowledge and understanding, he became conceited. He liked to think of the world around him as a stage; he would do things in a way that would be the most picturesque, instead of in ways that would most easily help himself and the people around him. As an example, Hank, at one point in the novel, chants in a magical language as he is freeing water from a well with an explosion. Twain seems to be teaching a lesson by pointing out the flaws in Hank, but at times his character was annoying to me because of his showy attitude.
    Altogether, the book was very enjoyable. My own dislikes as I read the story were few and minor. The story is very well done and deserves to be read if you are looking for a good classic.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2006

    Great Book!!!

    I loved this book! It is so funny and really an enjoyable read. I love anything by Mark Twain because he puts such humor into potentially boring subjects. He really lightens up the whole King Arthur story. I would recommend this book to anyone I know. You must read this book!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2012

    Its ALRIGHT

    The book is good after you get past the photo copies but its anoying that google is thrown in everywhere in the book

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    PINEAPPLE!

    Pineapple. PINEAPPLE AND TACO

    3 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

    One of my favorite books. It's so smart and deep. Some moments a

    One of my favorite books. It's so smart and deep. Some moments are emotional but it is written with humor and some moments you can't help but laugh with amazement and admiration. Mark Twain is brilliant. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    this is actully a great read but I would not reccommend this ver

    this is actully a great read but I would not reccommend this version. thie books that are digitized are really hard to read unless you are into that sort of thing. go pay the couple of bucks and get it so you can actully read it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    ????????

    I read the reviews and lets just say im confused. Pinaples and politics? Is that what youve got to say about this book and whats that got to do about King Author and Yankees?

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Hi

    There are some missed spelled words and the paragraphs are jumblled up but it us really good. By the way im 11.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I like the story, I just don't like the prose he used. It becam

    I like the story, I just don't like the prose he used. It became tedious to read after awhile. I seem to have this same problem with many 18th and 19th century works. The eBook didn't have many obvious errors, just some weird page breaks due to the transfer process.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    In a word . . . wonderful!

    A good friend recommended that I read this book and I enjoyed every word. First of all, I thought it was hilarious, full of biting satire. Secondly, it was such a fresh look at Camelot, Twain wasn't held back by the idealized and over-romanicized legends of King Arthur. I highly recommend this book, it may change your point of view.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Hi

    I love u this much

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Unreadable electronic formatting.

    Very poor edition.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Unreadable electronic formatting.

    Yet another unreadable version.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Awwwwwwwwwwwsome

    Must read hilarious

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Awsome book

    Must read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    terrible

    Too short

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Love the classics for free

    Did anyone read the description. It is translated from a book written prior to 1923. It clearly explains there will be errors. If you want to read an updated edited version then pay for it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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