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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Mark Twain

Come and hear the strange tail of The Boss Hank Morgan, a modern day (at the time of publication) Connecticut Yankee who inexplicably finds himself transported to the court of the legendary King Arthur (as the title of the book implies). Hank, or simply, The Boss, as he comes to be most frequently known, quickly uses his modern day knowledge and education to pass himself off as a great magician, to get himself out of all sorts of surprising, (and frequently amusing) situations, as well as to advance the technological and cultural status of the nation in which he finds himself. In the rather un-subtle sub-text of the story, Twain uses The Boss to express a surprisingly pragmatic and frequently contradictory philosophy. The Boss explores the relative merits of Democracy, and Monarchy, he expresses his views on the “Nature v. Nurture” debate, he frequently speaks forcefully against an established Church, but just as strongly advocates for religion and a variety of churches (just not a compulsory one) and he devotes at least one afternoon to introducing his companions to the concept of inflation. In a far more subtle, yet no less forceful manner, the Boss shares with the reader some views about taxation, slavery (both literal and wage slavery), trade unions, the origins of the German language, the nature of marriage, and probably most powerfully, death. It is a tall order for a relatively brief text, but Twain manages it all with surprising clarity. No one will agree fully with the Boss on all of these matters, and I would be surprised if Twain himself would. In fact the Boss’s views are so pragmatic, and often contradictory, the reader is left to wonder if Twain himself is alternately speaking through the Boss, and setting him up as a straw man. Either way it is a delightful story and a great piece of American Literature, to say nothing of an excellent argument for education. (Review written by Steve Andersen)

Come and hear the strange tail of The Boss Hank Morgan, a modern day (at the time of publication) Connecticut Yankee who inexplicably finds himself transported to the court of the legendary King Arthur (as the title of the book implies). Hank, or simply, The Boss, as he comes to be most frequently known, quickly uses his modern day knowledge and education to pass himself off as a great magician, to get himself out of all sorts of surprising, (and frequently amusing) situations, as well as to advance the technological and cultural status of the nation in which he finds himself. In the rather un-subtle sub-text of the story, Twain uses The Boss to express a surprisingly pragmatic and frequently contradictory philosophy. The Boss explores the relative merits of Democracy, and Monarchy, he expresses his views on the “Nature v. Nurture” debate, he frequently speaks forcefully against an established Church, but just as strongly advocates for religion and a variety of churches (just not a compulsory one) and he devotes at least one afternoon to introducing his companions to the concept of inflation. In a far more subtle, yet no less forceful manner, the Boss shares with the reader some views about taxation, slavery (both literal and wage slavery), trade unions, the origins of the German language, the nature of marriage, and probably most powerfully, death. It is a tall order for a relatively brief text, but Twain manages it all with surprising clarity. No one will agree fully with the Boss on all of these matters, and I would be surprised if Twain himself would. In fact the Boss’s views are so pragmatic, and often contradictory, the reader is left to wonder if Twain himself is alternately speaking through the Boss, and setting him up as a straw man. Either way it is a delightful story and a great piece of American Literature, to say nothing of an excellent argument for education. (Review written by Steve Andersen)
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Come and hear the strange tail of The Boss Hank Morgan, a modern day (at the time of publication) Connecticut Yankee who inexplicably finds himself transported to the court of the legendary King Arthur (as the title of the book implies). Hank, or simply, The Boss, as he comes to be most frequently known, quickly uses his modern day knowledge and education to pass himself off as a great magician, to get himself out of all sorts of surprising, (and frequently amusing) situations, as well as to advance the technological and cultural status of the nation in which he finds himself. In the rather un-subtle sub-text of the story, Twain uses The Boss to express a surprisingly pragmatic and frequently contradictory philosophy. The Boss explores the relative merits of Democracy, and Monarchy, he expresses his views on the “Nature v. Nurture” debate, he frequently speaks forcefully against an established Church, but just as strongly advocates for religion and a variety of churches (just not a compulsory one) and he devotes at least one afternoon to introducing his companions to the concept of inflation. In a far more subtle, yet no less forceful manner, the Boss shares with the reader some views about taxation, slavery (both literal and wage slavery), trade unions, the origins of the German language, the nature of marriage, and probably most powerfully, death. It is a tall order for a relatively brief text, but Twain manages it all with surprising clarity. No one will agree fully with the Boss on all of these matters, and I would be surprised if Twain himself would. In fact the Boss’s views are so pragmatic, and often contradictory, the reader is left to wonder if Twain himself is alternately speaking through the Boss, and setting him up as a straw man. Either way it is a delightful story and a great piece of American Literature, to say nothing of an excellent argument for education. (Review written by Steve Andersen)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

13h 43m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

19:07


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:59


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

21:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

20:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

26:41


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

30:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

28:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

22:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

24:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

16:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

29:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

27:37


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

19:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:31


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

17:02


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:49


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

24:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

19:00


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

27:10


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

32:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

10:11