A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

This book report is about the title mentioned above, which contains a fictional account of a modern-day man who is accidentally trapped in the 5th century, the time of King Arthur. He becomes a rather powerful figure, feared but not disliked. He has various adventures which he overcomes, that is, all except one. The book was written by Mark Twain.

In the beginning, Hank Morgan, the protagonist, is transported back in time by a freak accident while he is working. After being hit on the head with a crow bar, he wakes up under a tree in 5th century England.

There he has all sorts of adventures. By the end of the story, his thirst for adventure is completely quenched. However, he would never forget when he was married.

Toward the end of the story, Hank goes back to his own time. During a battle he is killed by the enemy. This event automatically takes him back. However, once in his own time, he dies of grief because he cannot be with his 5th century wife.

I personally dislike this book. I dislike it because, in my opinion, it has some wrong ideas due to a fault of the author. For example:

  1. Throughout the book there is a firm put-down of Merlin, who I like.
  2. There is also an abuse by the protagonist of his ‘magical’ powers, which are really 20th century items, like dynamite.
  3. The protagonist is disappointed with the lifestyle of the 5th century, and so he invents such things as the bicycle, the telephone, the telegraph, etc.
  4. Because of the third reason, the author makes of the past a bad place and tries to change it into something it is not supposed to be.

On top of everything, I find the book boring. I would not recommend it as a good book.

 

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