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Book Title: Yankee na dvoru kralja Arthura|
The author of the book: Mark Twain
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 984 KB
Edition: Sveučilišna naklada Liber
Date of issue: 1987
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Read full description of the books:A buddy read with Anne, Ginger, and Jeff. Please let me know if I forgot anybody.
Does it even make sense to give a brief plot description for a classic book? I always do, so here goes. A typical 19th century Yankee (from - you guessed it - Connecticut) ended up in 6th century, right at King Arthur court. Using modern skills and knowledge he secured the second position of the kingdom and not liking the current state of affairs tried to change them hoping to establish a republic.
I cannot fully express my disappointment. After countless rereads of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn I thought Mark Twain Could Do No Wrong. After finishing the book I learned something new: he could. Some parts of the book were so boring I considered DNFing several times. I hoped I would be able to rate it with 3 stars; after all the guy is an undisputed classic of US literature, but anything I almost DNFed does not deserve more than 2.
What is so bad and boring about it? Mark Twain used any excuse to get on a soapbox and heavily preach about the evils of the absolute monarchy. At this point I would like to ask a question: what was the point? I seriously doubt any civilized person of 19th century thought the absolute monarchy is the best form of government there is. For this reason all the satirical descriptions seemed wasted. Other than satire there was very heavy preaching on the same subject as I already mentioned.
Do you think I exaggerate? Allow me to explain. Suppose you ever end up in a situation which force on you serious sleep deprivation (you are a breastfeeding mother, or you are a POW in a country which did not sign the Geneva Convention, or Freddy Krueger inhabits your dreams)
and finally you manage to get some much-needed shuteye. Right in the middle of it some jerk wakes you up asking whether the absolute monarchy is the best thing since sliced bread. If you have finished this book I guarantee you will be able to give a correct answer right away, before you even realize who you are and what is going on.
Mark Twain still was a great humorist and the parts where he remembered it were funny, some of them quite a lot. Unfortunately these moments were few and between and the farther the tale went the fewer they were. The funniest moment made me realize something.
I am talking about the description of the joys of wearing heavy armor. We all laugh at depiction of female warriors in chainmail bikini justifiable considering them impractical and outright sexist.
We applaud the depiction of female warriors in full armor. Consider this: we are talking about fairly thick plates of steel all over your body.
The thing is so heavy medieval knights had to use help climbing on their horse. The full armor might not be sexist, but it is equally impractical!
The funny moments were able to bring the rating to 2.5 stars which I reluctantly round down; there is no way this is 3 star read for me.
Read information about the authorSamuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).
Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling.
He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
However, he lacked financial acumen. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.
Born during a visit by Halley's Comet, he died on its return. He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".
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