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By Mark Twain

ISBN-10: 0486415910

ISBN-13: 9780486415918

Hank Morgan unearths himself transported to darkish a while England—where he's instantly captured and sentenced to loss of life at Camelot. thankfully, he’s quick-witted, and within the strategy of saving his existence he turns himself right into a star of the top magnitude—winning himself the placement of best minister in addition to the lasting enmity of Merlin.

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When in chapter 38 the knights ride to the rescue on the bicycles Hank has made for them, he strikes another terrific pose: “‘On your knees, every rascal of you,’” he shouts to yet another Arthurian multitude gathered to watch yet another execution, “‘and salute the King! ’ I always use that high style when I’m climaxing an effect” (p. 400). That style is perfectly suited to appeal to his audience’s superstitions, but with its dependence on the ideological power of terms like “King” and “hell,” not to mention the way it commands the people to kneel down, what Hank says is antithetical to his professed commitment to the modern values of democracy and rationality.

All but one of the American reviews I have found were enthusiastic about its cultural politics. ” “Mark Twain has come up from the people,” said a paper in California, is “American to the backbone,” and has written a “bright and witty” satire on England. One Boston reviewer even noted that as examples of “the advance in popular bookmaking,” the novel’s illustrations offered yet more proof of American progress. The only negative American review agreed that the novel’s aim was “the glorification of American democracy,” but protested that it failed “through [its] extreme partiality” to Hank’s smugly modern and nationalistic perspective.

But when we learn that the Siege Perilous, the seat at the table originally set aside for the knight who was absolutely pure of heart, can now be bought for money and has been acquired by the adulterous Launcelot, we may question whether individual opportunity and cutthroat capitalism are unequivocally a better basis on which to found a society than oaths of allegiance and feudal deference. In Twain’s retelling, it is, in fact, Launcelot’s stock-market manipulations as well as his affair with Guenever that destroy Camelot.

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