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Strangely dull but good in a few places
on 11 November 2013
A book showing its age, whilst not becoming a classic to be read always. The plot comes across as too fabricated and episodic. There is a well-drawn imaginary picture of the times of King Arthur (whatever they were), but his prejudice against The Church is too much a 19th century American Protestant raging against European Religious dogma, and not enough of a balanced view of the 1st millennium in post-Roman Britain. The tale does move along, but seem to get nowhere. And there is some very funny dialogue, such as when the Yankee is talking completely across his female guide; very Groucho Marx!
So, perhaps worth reading, but only if you can't find something more useful to read, or if you have never read any Twain beyond Tom Sawyer.