Moscow, ID, United States | Member Since 2009
The performance engages the imagination and creates a make-believe world that filled with familiar swashbucklers -- who turn out to be not as familiar as I expected. The richly detailed setting became increasingly enjoyable.
Intriguing turns of plot reminded me of stories of the courtiers in a Louix IVX novel.
Elijah Wood's performance brings every nuance of Twain's writing to life. I understood the story more deeply and found much more humor in it than when I'd read it in the past. I found the story strongly linked to our current national experience in ways I hadn't expected.
Characters' interactions over the story's slightly twisted timeline gave it a believable feeling. The protagonist's awareness of his "guest role" in other people's lives added an unexpected poignancy to the dialogue.
King's writing about writing -- and teaching -- added a layer of interest for me.
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