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.