From School Library Journal
Grade 5 Up-While Mark Twain is most often identified with his childhood home on the Mississippi, he wrote many of his enduring classics during the years he lived in Hartford, Connecticut. He had come a long way from Hannibal when he focused his irreverent humor on medieval tales, and wrote A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The hit on the head that sent protagonist Hank Morgan back through 13 centuries did not affect his natural resourcefulness. Using his knowledge of an upcoming eclipse, Hank escapes a death sentence, and secures an important position at court. Gradually, he introduces 19th century technology so the clever Morgan soon has an easy life. That does not stop him from making disparaging, tongue-in-cheek remarks about the inequalities and imperfections of life in Camelot. Twain weaves many of the well-known Arthurian characters into his story, and he includes a pitched battle between Morgan's men and the nobility.
I think I liked the idea better than the book, but it was still a very entertaining read. It began simply enough, became interesting very quickly, then somehow lost my interest toward the end. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood at the time.
Classic biting satire, with great historical insights.
another classic of all time
Mark Twain's entertaining story - which has had critics and professors trying to explain it ever since he wrote it. Twain uses this vehicle to state many of his deepest feelings.