Review: “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” by Mark Twain
Hank Morgan is a normal citizen of the 1900s until he hits his head and wakes up in Camelot, A.D. 528. He is brought to the castle and thrown in the dungeon by a passing knight. Hank remembers by sheer luck that a solar eclipse is to happen on that very day; and as he is led outside to be burned at the stake, he uses the eclipse to trick the people into believing he is a great magician. Now as the second most powerful man in the kingdom, Hank begins introducing 20th century inventions and thinking to the people, earning him the title of “The Boss”. Merlin, the chief wizard, becomes jealous of Hank and tries to outdo Hank’s “magic”. Merlin doesn’t succeed, but he keeps on doing everything he can to try to diminish Hank’s reputation. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court was a challenging book for me, but I enjoyed the story. The middle of the book was a little slow and the ending somewhat disappointing; but I enjoyed Twain’s writing style and I could picture some of the events really happening. Overall, I liked the book and want to read more about medieval times. Don’t let the guise of classic literature fool you, it’s worth reading for higher level readers.
School Library Journal recommends this book for grades 5 and up.
-Lexie B., 11th Grade