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The Prince and the Pauper (1881)

by Mark Twain

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When young Edward VI of England and a poor boy who resembles him exchange places, each learns something about the other's very different station in life.
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  archivomorero | May 21, 2023 |
When I start to read a book by Mark Twain, I get an uneasy sense of foreboding that eventually goes away. Once I get into the story, I find myself captivated and I enjoy the store immensely. This was a great one to read near the holidays. ( )
  Kimberlyhi | Apr 15, 2023 |
God was this a bore, I have to admit I couldn't finish it, and I'm known for not giving up books... ( )
  Eavans | Feb 17, 2023 |
Did this on Serial Reader for my classic for the year, and after I got used to the language, and once the plot was in full swing, I liked it a lot.
I kept wondering what Mark Twain’s purpose in writing it was as I read. Was it satirizing the ridiculous levels of deference and care with which a monarch was treated (at one point, the false prince/king was dressed by an assembly line of about 20 people) and contrasting it with the suffering of the masses? I think probably that was part of it. Then I wondered if his depiction of Edward as a kind and merciful monarch (both the fake and the real one) was historically accurate, and his book was a reimagining of how that came to be (he’d had a chance to see how the poor folk of the realm lived and had seen how unfair and harsh the laws were because he lived among them for a time). I don’t actually know how accurate that is—from the small amount of googling I’ve done, it seems like he was influenced by his protectors because he was so young—so maybe there’s more fancy in Twain’s depiction than anything else.
I will say it was an enjoyable story, especially towards the end, and I was clapping my hands at how it all turned out. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
I knew I would like this book, I just didn't know how much.
The story is quite predictable, but the characters are good enough to make you interested in their misadventures anyways. I laughed quite a few times due to some of the situations the characters were in and their reactions to it. The story also has dark moments that show the differences between rich and poor and the injustice of the world. I enjoyed the small notes about historical events that were used on this book as well.
I really liked the main characters, Tom Canty and Edward. They were so different from each other but deep down they were both kind and merciful. Miles Hendon was ok and the scene with the hermit actually scared me.
It is the first book I've read by Mark Twain and makes me want to read others, but I'm not sure if I would enjoy them as much. ( )
  elderlingfae | Aug 11, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Twain, Markprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fitzpatrick, Lucy MabryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hatherell, WilliamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ibeas, Juan ManuelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lawson, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lynn, Kenneth S.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mayan, EarlIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merrill, Frank T.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spier, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tine, RobertIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vaughn, FrankIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weerdt-Schellekens, H.M. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
West, SteveNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The quality of mercy...is twice bless'd; / It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes; / 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes / The throned monarch better than his crown. --The Merchant of Venice
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In the ancient city of London, on a certain autumn day in the second quarter of the sixteenth century, a boy was born to a poor family of the name of Canty, who did not want him.
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This is the main work for The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. Please do not combine with any adaptation, abridgement, etc.
ISBN 0451418352 is for New Leaf by Catherine Anderson
ISBN 0451516281 is for the omnibus The Prince and the Pauper; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
ISBN 0140436693 is a Penguin edtion of The Prince and the Pauper.
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