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review 2019-01-12 22:11
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain;Samuel Clemens

First the book . . .

 

This story is about Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) meeting a man on a castle tour and the man knew everything about the castle. Later, Twain meets the man and they talk a while about how this man, Hank Morgan new so much about the castle. Hank didn’t tell a story, but left Twain with a book, or better yet a diary of Hank falling asleep and waking thirteen hundred years earlier.

 

Hank Morgan’s father was a blacksmith and his uncle a horse doctor. Hank ran a gun factory, starting at the bottom and learning everything, to quote:

 

“ I could make anything a body wanted- anything in the world, it didn’t make a difference what; and if there wasn’t any quick newfangled way to make a thing, I could invent one – and do it as easy as rolling off a log.”

 

So Hanks diary becomes the book “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court”.

 

Well if you’ve read the book, Clemens attacks a lot of issues of his day, our day too. Religion, not really religion but when it is organized so well that it attacks the way a person lives his life. Slavery. He hated it and it even haunted him. Most of what he wrote about slavery were his own feelings. Other things like monarchy, nepotism, politics, and poverty. He even made fun of ad campaigns like soap ads. He brought up some things that even strikes today, which is when he came across was people that would take things as fact if it was said. No evidence of proof, and if evidence was there, it was forgotten as soon as the words were spoken.  He made fun of himself.

 

With the inventiveness of Morgan, he tells a story about how he overcomes these obstacles or at least the obstacles he chooses with modern tools and skillfulness he can create. And then he told of he destructing every advancement he made.

 

About the narrator . . .

 

Nick Offerman has this mid-western accent that does well with the book. It’s probably not an easy to perform, being as dated as it is but he does a good job of it. To me, he started off slow, not very into it but this could have been by design. By the end of the book, he was really going strong. This could also be to Twain having modernized the language of the book as Hank modernized the culture. Maybe not award worthy but Offerman did a good narrative.

 

My thoughts on the book . . .

 

As I said before I started the book, the biggest reason I choose this was the narrator. The book is good, but dated and sometimes hard to keep up with the dated sayings of that time. I am reading the book along with the audio-book and it does give me footnotes to help and some insight on what Clemons/Twain was thinking, or at least what somebody else thought what he was thinking. I would love to see what Clemons would write if he were alive today. I would think he would have a field day mocking both sides of the aisle. With that said, please don’t take this as something I am trying to politicize. I do not participate in political debates of today. It’s like teaching a pig to sing. You will only annoy the pig.

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review 2018-05-18 04:22
Rezension | Tod in Connecticut von Wilson Collison
Tod in Connecticut - Wilson Collison Tod in Connecticut - Wilson Collison

Beschreibung

 

New York in den 1920er Jahren.

 

Die attraktive 25-jährige Nolya Noyes hätte es mit ihrer millionenschweren Erbschaft eigentlich ganz leicht in der New Yorker High Society Fuß zu fassen. Doch ihr eilt der Ruf eines hemmungslosen Flittchens voraus, das auf jegliche moralische Grundsätze der Gesellschaft pfeift. Erst als sie sich in den bereits verheirateten Arthur Raymond verliebt gerät Nolya ins wanken. Sie möchte Arthurs Leben nicht zerstören und zieht sich deshalb aus der Liebesbeziehung zurück. Als Nolya durch einen jungen Mann auf die Neujahrsfeier der Raymonds gelangt kommt es zum Schlimmsten…

 

Meine Meinung

 

Wilson Collisons Roman „Tod in Connecticut“ spielt in den 1920er Jahren. Das englische Original „Expensive Woman“ erschien bereits 1931. Daher ist es kaum verwunderlich, dass Wilson Collison mit Sprache und Erzählstil wunderbar die Atmosphäre dieses Jahrzehnts auf die Buchseiten bannt.

 

Die Story ist eigentlich ganz simpel, die bildschöne und reiche Dame Nolya Noyes führt ein ausschweifendes Leben und gerät als sie sich plötzlich leidenschaftlich verliebt in eine verzwickte Situation. Der Mann ihres Herzens ist bereits vergeben und sein Vater ein angesehener Anwalt. Dann wäre da noch Noylas erster Geliebter, ein Künstler mit nur wenig finanziellen Mitteln, der ihr jedoch immer zur Seite steht. Zuletzt kommt noch ein junger draufgängerischer Mann hinzu der das ganze zu einer Vierecksgeschichte ausweitet und schlussendlich auch den Showdown einläutet.

 

Der gemächliche Aufbau der Geschichte hat mir ganz gut gefallen auch wenn sich die Spannung dadurch sehr in Grenzen hält. Vielmehr steht die Persönlichkeit von Nolya und ihre widerstreitenden Gefühle im Mittelpunkt. Außerdem werden die unterschiedlichen Männer in Nolyas Leben mit feinem Pinselstrich gezeichnet. Für mich ergibt sich die Faszination die dieses Werk ausmacht durchaus aus den reizenden Charakteren die zusammen eine wunderbare Dynamik erzeugen.

 

Nach dem vor sich hinplätschernden Plot tritt der Showdown unvermittelt und schonungslos wie ein scharfer Cut ein. Auf der einen Seite ist das sicherlich ein wundervolles Stilmittel um die Situation einzufangen. Mir persönlich ging es ab dieser Stelle dann doch etwas zu schnell und die erfrischende Wirkung der unvorhergesehenen Entwicklung kann leider nicht über den offenen Ausgang bezüglich Nolyas gesundheitlicher Verfassung hinwegtrösten.

 

Fazit

 

Ein geistreicher Roman der vor allem durch schöne Sprache und eindrucksvolle Dialoge besticht.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-tod-in-connecticut-von-wilson-collison
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text 2017-06-21 11:26
21st June 2017
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

 

Mark Twain

 

June 21, 528: In Mark Twain's time-travel novel, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the protagonist saves himself from death by threatening to plunge the world into darkness. Luckily for him, his execution was scheduled at the same time as the only eclipse in the 6th century.

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review 2017-04-05 00:00
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain,Stephen Railton Not my favorite book by Twain.
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review 2015-11-05 00:00
Edwina: Bride of Connecticut
Edwina: Bride of Connecticut - Margaret ... Edwina: Bride of Connecticut - Margaret Tanner I had the pleasure of receiving this ARC for review. Thank you Susan Horsnell for introducing me to another fabulous Aussie author. I look forward to discovering more of her stories.
This story is part of a collaboration between 45 authors to write 50 stories in this Mail Order bride collection.
This potential bride raised in Tennessee (reminded me a bit of a Calamity Jane) and currently living in Boston is off to marry a man she's never met in Connecticut. In an era of railroad, horse and carriage and remote places where men outnumber women, is a time in history that may sound romantic but was hard work.
I loved the connection between the characters, the reluctance from the man who had previously been hurt both physically then emotionally. They overcame obstacles thrown in their way (no spoilers you can read it yourself to find out what) The story was seamless, I felt part of the story, almost smelled the surroundings and cheered them on for their HEA.
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