Twain's social satire transports Hank Morgan of nineteenth-century Connecticut to 528, the year of a solar eclipse and the zenith of power for King Arthur and his court. The juxtaposition of two civilizations is Twain's vehicle for delightful humor and searing commentary on society and the nature of man. Kenneth Jay balances many points of view and accents. His gravelly voice gives pomp to the courtiers of the time. He is breathless and speeds the tempo as schemes unfold. Wonderment and melancholy permeate as Morgan/Twain ponder the ultimate power of magic vis-à-vis that of science. Period music fills the transitions of this abridged recording and provides the listener time to set the scene and players for subsequent sections.
Cracked on the head by a crowbar in nineteenth-century Connecticut, Hank Morgan wakes to find himself in King Arthur's England. Branded by Twain's aptitude for broad comedy and biting social satire, the grim truths of Twain's Camelot, fear, injustice, ignorance, resound as clearly now as when it was written.
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