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Burnsville Book Club - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain

Join us for a fun evening as we discuss A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain. Since the space is limited it is very important that you immediately update your RSVP status if you cannot attend. If there are people on the waiting list they will be automatically bumped up to the "Attending" category when others change their RSVP to "Not Attending".

The discussion begins at 7pm in the Davanni's "Party Room", but many of us arrive at 6:30 to have a little dinner. The evening usually concludes around 9pm after everyone has an opportunity to share their book recommendations and other ideas for group events.

This book was selected because it's fun to occasionally discuss fictional works and also because of Twain's humorous social commentary which especially critiques religion.

From Amazon.com :

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. Kenneth Jay's narration is a mix of good-natured bonhomie for Hank and more formal diction for the arcane Olde English speakers. Appropriate music is used throughout to indicate story breaks and add authenticity to scenes. This good quality recording is enhanced by useful liner notes and an attractive case. Younger listeners may need explanations of less familiar words, and some knowledge of the Knights of the Round Table will be helpful. Libraries completing an audiobook collection of Twain titles will enjoy this nice, but not necessary, abridgement.

In June we'll be discussing The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark A. Knoll


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  • Chuck13

    That is ok Eric we will forge onward!

    May 8, 2013

  • Eric

    Had to back out at the last minute since work went late.

    May 8, 2013

  • steve n.

    returning from month in WI

    April 8, 2013

  • Bill c.

    Carl have you done Letters from the Earth? If you haven't I would strongly recommend it.

    April 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No but have heard of it. Thanks will check it out.

      April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always been a big fan of this author and this book was one of his best, reading it a second time. The one I have has all the original 220 illustrations which makes it even more enjoyable.

    April 7, 2013

    • Andrew L.

      Did Mark Twain illustrate them himself, or was it someone else?

      April 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was illustrated by Daniel C. Beard. http://en.wikipedia.o...­

      April 8, 2013

  • Bill c.

    Of course those that have been to Twain's home town will recognize the famous author I am standing next to in my posted photo. Glad you have selected one of his works for discussion

    April 7, 2013

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