A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

July 22, 2016

I wasn’t sure if I would like this book at first.  It was one of the books my mom got for me for my summer reading goal.   I have to admit that the story got me interested right away with the way the author introduces the knight.  We normally think of king Author’s knights as being serious and honorable but Twain’s knights are ridiculous in the way they exagerate their tales.  Merlin is an attention seeking showman who believes he has powers but really he doesn’t.  The main character is an extremely thoughtful man who finds himself transported back to midivil times with no real explanation as to how it happened.   The first thing that happens to him is that he is sentenced to death.  He has to figure out how to get out of the charges against him and out how to survive in this foreign place.  The man’s thoughts are really funny, sometimes his thinking goes off on tangents, which at times are interesting and at others become a bit boring.  The main idea of the story is about him using his knowledge from the future to modernize Camelot.  I like the way he has to problem solve using the items he has available to recreate something from the future.  The book is pretty long with some stretches that are a bit boring but for the most part it is a good book.  At first the language of the book was a bit hard to follow but the longer you read it the more you get used to it and at times it becomes funny.  The author’s sarcastic humor keeps the story going.  I was surprised when my mom told me the book was written more than 100 years ago.  I guess the main character probably knew more about basic things like matches and telegraphs than people know about today but otherwise you wouldn’t have known the story was so old.

Lexie Level 1080 AR points 21

Percy age 9

Wrap Up

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Pros

  • well written characters
  • humouros scenerios
  • pseudo historical fiction

Cons

  • complex language
  • slow at times

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