The Prince And The Pauper

The Prince And The Pauper

Paperback - 1983
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Rich with surprise and hilarious adventure, The Prince and the Pauper is a delightful satire of England's romantic past and a joyful boyhood romp filled with the same tongue-in-cheek irony that sparks the best of Mark Twain's tall tales. Two boys, one an urchin from London's filthy lanes, the other a prince born in a lavish palace, unwittingly trade identities. Thus a bedraggled "Prince of Poverty" discovers that his private dreams have all come true--while a pampered Prince of Wales finds himself tossed into a rough-and-tumble world of squalid beggars and villainous thieves. Originally written as a story for children, The Prince and the Pauper is a classic novel for adults as well--through its stinging attack on the ageless human folly of attempting to measure true worth by outer appearances.
Publisher: New York : Bantam, 1983
ISBN: 9780553212563
0553212567

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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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Jun 01, 2016

red_crocodile_334 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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