Review of “The Man Who Came Early” by Poul Anderson

Wikipedia notes that this book is the antithesis of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Anderson’s book is way shorter than Twain’s and way more interesting. In Twain’s the character that travels back in time manages to take over the backward society. In Anderson’s the character that travels back in time is basically worthless – except for his gun – and he ends up getting himself killed. In the meantime, the men of the past think of him as womanly and he is womanly by comparison.

A couple of quotes that I can’t refrain from highlighting. Here is a discussion of the contents of the time-traveler’s pockets:

There were some coins of re­mark­able round­ness and sharp­ness, a small key, a stick with lead in it for writ­ing, a flat purse hold­ing many bits of marked pa­per; when he told us solemn­ly that some of this pa­per was mon­ey, even Thorgunna had to laugh.

Our modern man has no poetry:

That evening he en­ter­tained us well with sto­ries of his home; true or not, they made good lis­ten­ing. How­ev­er, he had no re­al pol­ish, be­ing un­able to com­pose even two lines of verse. They must be a raw and back­ward lot in the Unit­ed States.

On freedom (note that the modern man is in the US army):

When he added that the term of a levy in the Unit­ed States was two years, and that men could be called to war even in har­vest time, I said he was well out of a coun­try with so ruth­less and pow­er­ful a king.

Thanks to Isegoria for the recommendation.

2 Responses to Review of “The Man Who Came Early” by Poul Anderson

  1. Isegoria says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. It really does seem tailor-made for a (quasi-)libertarian going by the name of a Nordic god.

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