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Prince and the Pauper, The

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From the publishers The Golden Days Series. Mark Twain does not appear anywhere on or in the book.

Dedication page reads: To Those Good-Mannered and Agreeable Children, Susy and Clara Clemens, This Book Is Affectionately Inscribed by Their Father
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published 1910 by M.A. Donohue & Co. (first published 1881)
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Mashal Ahmad yeah! of course there is nothing like to be inappropriate for kids... the story is about two boys who were identical in all respects except their…moreyeah! of course there is nothing like to be inappropriate for kids... the story is about two boys who were identical in all respects except their caste, and then they came upon kinda situation where they got exchange their position, from here onward the story begin... this is a sort of adventurous and highly suspensive, where they came upon all the other conditions where they have to prove their original position... Don't think much and just go on with this you'll definitly find it authentically pleasing :)(less)
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Henry Avila
Imagine you're a nine-year-old boy, grungy rags for clothes, belly empty, a sadistic father who beats you, if you don't beg for money (and get it) . Afraid of life, an endless, joyless, struggle, to survive. The only relief from the grim reality, is sleep, for a few hours, on the dirty floor, in something not quite a shelter. Maybe dream of a better existence, then a few hours after, a fantasy, everything you desire, is no problem to obtain. And the child , is now the King of England ! That's th ...more
Maryame
Apr 03, 2017 Maryame rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is AMAZING!
I really don't understand why haven't I tried anything by Mark Twain before !!!
The story is fun and entertaining but it has more depths than that. It explores several social issues like the injustice than peasants where facing on a daily basis back then.

Such a great book, & while reading I felt like I knew the story even though I've never read it before, & that was because a very long time ago I watched a Barbie Movie with the same story. Barbie as The Princess &
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Shahr Baran
Oct 03, 2014 Shahr Baran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الان كه فكر ميكنم ميبينم ما كه كودكيمان در ده شصت بود چقدر خوشبخت بوديم ..همه كارتون هاي ناب ومورد علاقه ما از روي كتابهاي نويسنده هاي بزرگ دنيا ساخته شده ..داستان شاهزاده وگدا رو همه ميدونيم ..ادوارد شاهزاده انگلستان در حياط قصر متوجه پسر بچه اي بي نهايت شبيه خودش ميشه ومخفيانه اونو به داخل قصر مياره وبا تعويض لباس تما م جايگاه شاهزادگي وسلطنتش ناگهان عوض ميشه ..كتابش رو همون موقع خوندم وزياد هم نويسنده اش رو نميشناختم وهمون موقع كه نوجون بودم جز نگاه سرگرم كننده نظر ديگه اي نداشتم اما الان فكر ...more
Afshar
Aug 23, 2014 Afshar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
دو زندگی ،یکی در بالاترین مقام جامعه و یکی در بدترین شرایط جامعه
پادشاهی و گدایی
و بعد مارک تواین، بازیگرهای این دو نقش را باهم عوض میکند
تا از تاثیر محیط در تربیت انسان ها بگوید

هرچی میخوام این داستانو را یه جورایی به هزارو یکشب ربط بدهم و از دزدی ادبی بگویم، میبینم که نمی شود این وصله ها را به مارک تواین چسباند
:)
تنها ربط شان در عوض کردن لباس های فقر و ثروت است
داستان شاه و گدا، که در شبی سیاه و تاریک همچو دل بیرحم پادشاهی ستمگر، گدایی خفته در کوچه ای کثیف را بر تخت پادشاهی می نشانند و صبحش که در
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Chris
Jan 05, 2008 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Upon moving to Glenview, I had no reliable bookstore I was aware of, save the bigass Barnes & Nobles near the train station by work. Such a shop near my train station isn’t quite helpful, as the maximum I have at such a locale is about 6 minutes, and it’s a 3 minute walk from the station. Upon finding Books-A-Million, I was quite content; in what I believe to be my first visit there, I had a hankering (for some unknown reason) to get a copy of the much-cited Mark Twain classic “The Celebrate ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This is one of my favorite books of Mark Twain. Tom Canty is a poor boy in the London slums. His birth only brings more poverty to his already dirt poor family. Edward VI is the long awaited heir to the English throne. They are born on the same day and look so alike they can't believe it. They exchange clothes and Edward VI ends up being thrown out of the palace by guards who think he is the poor boy he looks to be. Both boys have difficulty fitting into the other's lives.

Tom comes to like the l
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Pete daPixie
The first thing to say is I NEVER read historical fiction. NEVER EVER. So that is why I picked up this book by Samuel Clemens. I just love what came off the silver gilded pen of this persona from Missouri. I could easily have gone higher than three stars if Mr Twain had extended this short novel. Short, but sweet with honeyed prose.
'The Prince and the Pauper' may appear in the guise of a feeble children's story. An unlikely tale of rags and riches set in Tudor England. Yet, Mark Clemens, or is t
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Sarah ~
Jul 25, 2012 Sarah ~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

إدوارد ابن ملك انجلترا .. ووريث العرش..
وتوم ابن لص متسول ..
وأقرب إلى طفل متشرد ..



" يلتقي الفَتَيان ذات يوم مصادفةً، يقرران تبديل ملابسهما ليرى كل منهما الوجه الآخر من الحياة، لكنهما يفترقان فجأة قبل أن تُتَح لهما فرصة تغيير ملابسهما، فيجد كل منهما نفسه أسير حياة الآخر "


لكنها ..

ليست مجرد قصة ..
ليست مجرد قصة صبيين التقيا وتبادلا حياتيهما .. ليست قصة ادوارد وتوم ..

إنها أكثر من ذلك ..
إنها تأريخ لانجلترا بعد وفاة هنري الثامن ..
وتقدم لنا هذه الرواية الساحرة ..
الكثير من المغامرات ..
اقرأوها ولن تندموا أ
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Ahmad Sharabiani
این داستان دربارهٔ پادشاه ششم انگلستان که در ربع دوم قرن شانزدهم میلادی میزیست نوشته شده است. در یکی از روزهای پاییزی، در خانوادهای فقیر، پسری به دنیا آمد که خانوادهاش نمیخواستند به دنیا بیاید. ولی در همان روز در خانوادهٔ پادشاه انگلستان - هنری هشتم – پسری به دنیا آمد که نه تنها خانوادهاش بلکه همهٔ مردم انگلستان منتظر به دنیا آمدنش بودند. آن روز همه دربارهٔ به دنیا آمدن ادوارد تئودور، شاهزادهٔ ویلز حرف میزدند و شاهزاده در پارچههای ابریشم و اطلسی، در خواب ناز بود، اما کسی از به دنیا آمدن کودک دیگ ...more
Ben Babcock
This is not my first time to the Mark Twain rodeo, but it has been a long time since I last visited. Twain is not high on my list of priorities, sorry to say. However, this lovely edition of The Prince and the Pauper found its way into my possession, so I decided to challenge those priorities. While I don’t think I will be rushing to devour the rest of Twain’s oeuvre just yet, this book has certainly given me a more mature appreciation of Twain as a writer. After all, the last time I encountered ...more
Steph
This book was excellent. It was hard to get into at first because I brought it to read in school, and because some of the diction is quite wordy and eloquent, it was hard to read with background noise. However, this is to be expected of any classic, so I didn't give up, I just read it at home instead where it was quieter and there were less distractions. In the beginning, I set myself to read 25 pages a day and I did, no more and no less, but eventually (about halfway through the novel) I starte ...more
Rizal
Aug 20, 2015 Rizal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
I can't express my feeling enough on how much I really love this!
andddddd straight up to my favourite pile!

And Miles Hendon! Oh my... how I love his character.
Sarah Grace
DNF. Maybe I'll finish it someday. :)
Svenja
War ganz nett, aber etwas langweilig.
Den Prinzen fand ich richtig ätzend :D
Jeff
Jan 27, 2009 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything by Mark Twain is good. I only knew this from a kids' (or maybe Disney) version. The most amusing thing was Twain's Shakespearian flourishes. Check out this little bit of "dialogue" from the dying king:

"He is mad; but he is my son, and England's heir; and, mad or sane, still shall he reign! And hear ye further, and proclaim it: whoso speaketh of this his distemper worketh against the peace and order of these realms, and shall to the gallows! . . . Give me to drink -- I burn: this sorro
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Mikey B.
Jun 07, 2015 Mikey B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
What a delightful story this is! It is filled with wit and humor as one would expect from Mark Twain.

We follow our two main protagonists in their re-adjustments to their new lifestyles as they inadvertently swap roles. So many interesting themes and nuances are interwoven into the narrative mix – such as be careful what you wish for. Neither character is painted as being immaculate, as their defects manifest themselves as they undertake their new positions. The contrasting lifestyles within the
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غزل أدم
Jan 04, 2016 غزل أدم rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لقد قررت قبل أن أبدء فى قراءة السيرة الذاتية لمارك توين
أن أتعرف أولاً على قلمه
فقراءت له توم سوير ثم الأمير والفقير
ووجدت كاتب يمتلك من الخيال الكثير إلا أنه لم يبتعد عن الواقع
بل أنه وظف الخيال لألقاء الضوء على سلبيات الواقع
وقد نجح فى فعل ذلك بجدارة من خلال هذه القصة
ملحوظة
يبدو أن مارك توين كان مغرماً بأسم توم
در جستجوی نام خویش
شاید بهتر بود قبل ترها در سن کمتری می خواندمش. گرچه الآن هم خوب بود.
ترجمه محمد قاضی خوب بود و روان.
Simona Bartolotta
Dec 19, 2011 Simona Bartolotta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1800
Ho sempre amato questa storia, ma stranamente la prosa di Twain non ha saputo coinvolgermi come le altre volte. Le mie aspettative, ahimè, sono state deluse.
Ma don't worry Mark, ti amo ancora.
Book Concierge
Book on CD narrated by Steve West.

Two boys born on the same day in very different circumstances meet and discover they each envy the other’s experiences. But only when they exchange clothes do they realize how identical they are in looks. So much so that Edward, Prince of Wales, is ejected from the palace as a beggar, while the pauper Tom Canty is accepted as the prince, despite their protests to the contrary.

This is a wonderful classic that explores the difference in class in 16th century Engla
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David Sarkies
Apr 16, 2016 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like good literature
Shelves: adventure
Mark Twain's Trading Places
9 November 2012

I had heard of this book but was never really sure what it was about, however when I read the first few chapters I suddenly realised that I have seen the story before – Trading Places. Okay, there are a few differences, such as the themes, however the plot is pretty much the same. Clements does indicate that this was not his original idea, suggesting that he has heard this story from some other place, though he is unsure as to the truth of it or not. Th
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Jade
Apr 18, 2017 Jade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful as an audio book to listen to while doing the dishes :)
Tarissa
May 28, 2015 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Prince and the Pauper is a children's classic written by American author, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).

This is a fun bit of literature to read. Children will especially enjoy the story since it centers upon two boys as they share the adventure of a lifetime. Tom Canty, a poor boy with an abusive father and only crumbs to eat for supper; Prince Edward, monarch of the Tudor dynasty and heir to King Henry VIII. What circumstances could possibly lead these two to even meet, with completely opposi
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Nancy
Jan 20, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was much to learn and to reflect after reading this novel. It really had me thinking about life morals and values. It kept me asking: What would it feel like to be put into another person's shoes? Does your perspective of that person change once you experience what they have experienced their entire life? My inquires were answered throughout the course of the entire book. However, before I reveal the answers, I should probably give you a concise summary of the book. "The Prince and the Pau ...more
Alexandra Swann
Feb 13, 2014 Alexandra Swann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard not to enjoy this fun story by Mark Twain that has been copied countless times. /This is the oft-retold story of a poor boy who trades place with an identical-looking pampered prince. The lessons learned by both boys through trading lives are timeless.

I read this one in school and I did not appreciate Twain's writing style as much then as I do now. Because of the setting of this book, Twain uses a little more formal style in this book than he does in many of his others, but it is still
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Rooja K-d
Oct 08, 2008 Rooja K-d rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
اولین کتاب داستانی که خوندم. دوم ابتدایی بودم. از این بابت خیلی خیلی دوستش دارم. یادش به خیر
Mom
Jun 19, 2009 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Twain is known for his social satire and I can see that in this book, but I like to read for the story, not for hidden meanings.
Jo
When Edward Tudor, son of Henry VIII, meets poor beggar Tom he realises that the two of them look so similar they could have once been ensconced in the same womb. Edward takes Tom into the palace where they swap clothes for a jape but before they can change back the servants and guards usher out the young beggar. Or so they believe. We see Tom try to get to grips with court life and Edward realise what life is like when you're not born with a silver spoon in your mouth. This was a simple yet int ...more
Diane Briones™
I read the book The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain. It is a book about Edward, the Prince of Wales, and Tom, a poor boy from the streets of London. Tom ventures out to the palace to meet a real prince, which was his lifelong desire. Edward rescues Tom from a crowd that jeered at him because of he was clothed in rags. The two become friends. They switch clothes and realize that they look exactly alike! But then everyone mistakes Edward for being the poor boy and Tom for being the prince. Th ...more
Star Shining Forever
It started out as an innocent amusement, but it went on to have national ramifications.

Edward, Prince of England and heir to the throne. Tom Canty, beggar boy of London. Edward, having pity on the poor, dirty, abused Tom, takes him into the palace for some food and rest. While there, the boys discover that they both long for a taste of the other's life, and decide to switch clothes to achieve that, if only for a little while. Events move so fast that Edward finds himself living the rough, dirty
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work
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