'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court'
Published on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 9:00pm
The West End Book Club will meet to discuss A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain on Tuesday, May 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the small reading room on the second floor. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.
When Connecticut mechanic and foreman Hank Morgan is knocked unconscious, he awakes not to the familiar scenes of 19th-century America, but to the bewildering sights and sounds of 6th-century Camelot. Quickly imprisoned and very confused, he nonetheless realizes that his knowledge of the future can transform his fate. Morgan terrifies the people of England into releasing him by correctly predicting a solar eclipse from inside his prison cell, and swiftly establishes himself as the most powerful magician in the land, stronger than Merlin and greatly admired by King Arthur.
But the Connecticut Yankee wishes for more than simply a place at the Round Table. Soon, he begins a far greater struggle: to bring American democratic ideals to Old England.
Complex and fascinating, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a darkly comic consideration of the nature of humankind and society.
Please also join us also for a screening of the 1949 film verson of the novel, starring Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming, Sir Cedrik Harwicke and Joan Fontaine, and directed by Tay Garnett.
We will show the film, lavishly staged in Technicolor and gorgeously restored, on Tuesday, May 29 at 1:30 p.m.