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Epic literature bogged down in politics
on 30 August 2006
For me this was my first sojourn into the madness of Mark Twain, sadly it was an unfulfilling one.
Yankee tells the wonderful story of a chance meeting with a fellow in Windsor castle who professes to unravel his past in a fantastical yarn of his life in the time of Camelot and Arthurian Britain.
Having read other reviews on Amazon regarding this I chose to take a chance and was both elated and deflated periodically throughout the book. Where you are warned that fans of King Arthur should stay away, please ignore. This IS a book about Arthur's Britain and will add a layer previously unseen to the readers knowledge of the period; however, at the same time be prepared for a heavily satirical look at the world of politics that can drag on for many a page and turn the lightest of eyelids to a curtly shutting door.
To truly enjoy the entirity of this book I would recommend both an interest in politics and Arthurian legend otherwise you may find yourself skimming the pages for the "good bits".