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review 2021-01-15 03:34
A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT by Mark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain

An 19th Century man travels back to Arthurian England of the 6th Century where he tries to bring them from a monarchy to a republic. He brings his knowledge and starts building a modern world.

 

It took me a while to get into the cadence and rhythm of Arthurian English. Once I do this becomes a rollicking good time. Watching The Boss deal with the superstitions of the time and trying to teach, which he eventually does with Arthur, was interesting. I enjoyed how he set up his own alternate society which he keeps secret from King Arthur and Merlin. But just like Camelot ends in war so does this story and The Boss loses everything he built.

 

This shows how a person is born in a time and a mind set and it is very difficult to change them, no matter how much life improves with the changes.

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review 2021-01-12 03:18
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
I read this when I was much younger. Too young too understand the book, even the language. I'm reading it now to see how I feel about it all these years later.
Right away the language put me off. Hard to read the n word, let alone fathom it being used so much. I understand it was part of that time, but in todays time it's ignorant.
This book isn't about the language though. It's the teachings. A white boy and black man. They're friends, despite what else is happening in that time. They watch out for each other. They have each others backs. Their bond is undeniable.
The sad truth is in the 1800's this was life. People were racist. They had hate filled hearts. Frankly, we are no different today. If ever we needed a lesson on racism, that happened in 2020. 
This book shouldn't be #14 on the banned list. This and every other 'banned' book SHOULD be read. If we don't read them, however foul they may be to digest at times, how will we ever learn? We, for sure, are not going to learn from each other. History is doomed to keep repeating itself.
Every body loved Tom Sawyer. This one is better though. Read it.
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2021/01/adventures-of-huckleberry-finn-by-mark.html
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review 2020-02-08 19:26
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain,Guy Cardwell,John Seelye

I had read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a young girl in school but we didn't read this book, which is the first of the series. I now know and understand why. It is highly inappropriate for young minds. In this modern age reading it, I found myself slightly offended at times. Too much mention of the n-word, calling my kinfolk Injun, and robbing people then having orgies. UGH.
Still, I get why it's a brilliant book.
A book for adults. Real literature that introduces you to Tom and Huck. You get their friendship and understand why they are they way they are. Tom seems like such a problematic lad, but this book helps you understand why. It was great having Tom's aspect.
So then I went to get a copy of Huck Finn. Now I want to reread that one. I loved it when we read it in school, but it was over 30 years ago! Time to find out if I love it still. Something tells me I will, and with a deeper understanding.

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/02/the-adventures-of-tom-sawyer-by-mark.html
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review 2020-01-26 23:53
LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Mark Twain
Life on the Mississippi - Mark Twain

Written in 1882, Life on the Mississippi is a product of its time but we need this because it shows us where we come from, hopefully getting better but not always.  This is Twain's history as well as a history of steamboats, the Mississippi River, and the growth of the U.S.  I enjoyed Twain's telling of the history of the Mississippi and steamboats.  I enjoyed his reminiscences of his time working on the boats as well as him going back years later and going through the changes to the river and the towns along the river as well as the men he knew then.  I liked the Native American stories he told.  I liked his cynicism and tongue-in-cheek humor as he tells his story.  Worth reading today as it tells a time that has passed.

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text 2019-11-30 14:57
24 Festive Tasks: Door 10 - Russian Mothers’ Day: Task 2
A Scandal in Bohemia (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers)) - Arthur C Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Illustrious Client (annotated) - Arthur Conan Doyle
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Prince and the Pauper - Mark Twain,Everett Emerson
The Horse and His Boy - C.S. Lewis,Alex Jennings
Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep
As You Like It - William Shakespeare
Have His Carcase (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #7) - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Man in the Iron Mask - David Coward,Alexandre Dumas

I frankly think most of the better-known real life stories about such "moonlightings" are unproven myths, so I'm going to keep it straight to fiction:

 

1. Arthur Conan Doyle: A Scandal in Bohemia and The Illustrious Client

Representatives of the British government and nobility ordinarily don't have a problem showing up in Holmes's rooms in their own person, but when it comes to royalty, things are different: The King of Bohemia initially shows up pretending to be a certain Count Von Kramm (OK, still nobility, but from a hereditary king's perspective, almost as lowly as a commoner); and while we never actually learn the identity of the "illustrious client" sending an emissary to Holmes in the other story, Watson implies at the end that the client in question was none other than King Edward VII.

 

2. Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters

A switcheroo turning a prince into an actor and, eventually, the Duke's fool into the new ruler.  Also one of the funniest books in the entire Discworld series (and a brilliant spoof on Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hamlet).

 

3. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings

Aragorn, rightful heir to the throne of Gondor, bides his time as a ranger for the better part of the trilogy.

 

4. Mark Twain: The Prince and the Pauper

Henry VIII's son, Prince Edward VI, and a young boy named Tom Canty switch places for a while, and the experience of being exposed to Tom's miserable life and the brutality of his alcoholic father has (as Twain would have it) a salutary effect on Edward's understanding of class issues and sense of justice, once he is crowned king.

 

5. C.S. Lewis: The Horse and His Boy

The titular "Boy" is Shasta, who has grown up as a fisherman's son, but after escaping from his ruffian adoptive father and numerous subsequent adventures is eventually revealed as the son and heir to the king of one of Narnia's neighboring countries.

 

6. Jennifer Estep: Kill the Queen

Evil princess massacres her mother (the queen) and her entire court; thus her "poor cousin" (who is actually next in line for the throne) hides with a band of gladiators, learns to fight, and eventually faces down the evil princess to take her throne for herself.

 

7. William Shakespeare: As You Like It, Pericles, The Winter's Tale, and Cymbeline

In As You Like It, Rosalind, the exiled daughter of the regining duke (Duke Senior) masquerades as a page for the better part of the play.

In Pericles, the titular Prince of Tyre's daughter Marina is kidnapped and sold to the owners of a brothel (where she manages to keep her virginity by lecturing the customers on their sinful ways ... sigh.  Really, Will?)

In The Winter's Tale, the Sicilian royal couple's daughter Perdita is raised by a shepherd who has found her bundled up as a baby after she had been abducted from the palace.

In Cymbeline, the eponymous king's daughter Imogen also disguises as a page at one point.

 

Honorary mentions:

1. Dorothy L. Sayers: Have His Carcase

A commoner is bamboozled into falsely believing himself a member of the House of Romanov.

2. Alexandre Dumas: The Man in the Iron Mask; and Anthony Hope: The Prisoner of Zenda

The rightful heir to the throne is kidnapped and replaced by a doppelgänger (but the kidnapped royal is not passed off as a commoner).

3. Roman Holiday (movie)

I'm not much into romance, but Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are such a treat they just have to make an appearance on this list.

 

(Task: Towards the end of the 17th century, there was a Russian apprentice carpenter and shipwright going by the name Peter Mikhailov in the Dutch town of Zaandam (and later in Amsterdam), who eventually turned out to be none other than Tsar Peter the Great, whose great interest in the craft would become pivotal to his programs for the build-up of the Russian navy and naval commerce.

So: Tell us about a favorite book, either nonfiction history (demonstrably true facts, please, no conspiracy theories or unproven conjecture) or fictionall genres, not limited to historical fiction –, dealing with a member of royalty “moonlighting” as a commoner.)

 

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