The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

Paperback - 1997
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"There is something curious about this joyful novel," writes Jerry Griswold in his introduction. "Everyone seems to know its story... but few seem actually to have read the book." First published in 1881, The Prince and the Pauper is the story of a poor boy, Tom Canty, who exchanges clothes and identities with Edward Tudor, Prince of England. It is at once an adventure story, a fantasy of timeless appeal, and an intriguing example of the author's abiding interest in separating the true from the false, the genuine from the imposter. With characteristic humor and color, Twain brings to life the 16th-century royal court, the crowded, boisterous streets inhabited by London's hoi polloi, and the behaviour of two young boys who are in many ways smarter than their elders. In spinning his tale, he draws on themes from ancient mythology, the Bible, familiar fairy tales, and popular children's literature of the period.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1997.
ISBN: 9780140436693
0140436693
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xviii, 199 p. ; 20 cm.

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vv19
Jan 06, 2016

This book is a classic and this is the kind of story that will be copied over and over again. Twain told a story that is so far fetched that in the end you believe it could happen. I love the moral of "walking a mile in someone else's shoes". It gives one a lot to think about before judging someone else. Bad characters abuse the Prince and the Pauper. The theme of bad fathers is predominant. This is not a story for children.

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kathy7777
Nov 16, 2015

Trying to read the Greatest Books of All Time so I read it. I had to learn to read the rhythm of the old English and it took me awhile to get through. Glad I could accomplish it but would not pick this up as a regular choice.

Very violent in parts with the way people are tortured and killed. Definitely not a children's book.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 30, 2014

Like "A Connecticut Yankee," this is lighter, lesser Twain, set in England's past. It's enjoyable and was certainly one of the first switcheroo plots (like "Trading Paces), but it lacks the wit and vigor of his best books.

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Aerie
Jan 18, 2011

Everyone at one point or another looks over the fence at their 'neighbour' and wishes they could trade places.

The grass is always greener on the other side.

This story puts things into a more believable perspective. Once trading places, things are not as easy as we think they are looking on from a distance.

There are versions of this book written for children. Kids recieve a great moral from this story.

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vanravenstein
Oct 08, 2010

The only criticism I have is that it makes the life of the prince look really great, while not much on a positive note is said about the life of the pauper.

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red_crocodile_334
Jun 01, 2016

red_crocodile_334 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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