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Two boys: the same age, almost the same face. The one difference: Tom Canty is a child of the London slums; Edward Tudor is heir to the throne. How insubstantial this difference is becomes clear when a chance encounter leads to an exchange of clothing and of roles...
Paperback, 100th anniversary edition, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Signet Classics (first published 1881)
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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
Chris
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...more
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...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
Jeff
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...more
paris

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...more
Nancy K.
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
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
Armina
خیلی مارک تواین باحاله، خیلی جاهای کتاب کلی خندیدم! :)) و سوال من این بود که یه آمریکایی چه طور می تونه انقدر دقیق اشرافیت انگلستان رو تصویر کنه؟ :-؟ به هر حال خیلی کتابِ خوبی بود! :>
Alexandra Swann
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...more
Mom
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.
Wendy
I really enjoyed this book. I love how the boys relate at first and how the whole mix-up gets started--and I love watching Edward learn and grow, while at the same time maintaining a sense of innocence and ignorance that's charming and amusing (and protects him, as people think he's mad). My only complaint is that Tom, while sympathetic and good, doesn't really learn or grow at all. He already knows he would like a life of privilege; he already knows he hates his father but loves his mother and...more
Sonia Reppe
Sep 12, 2008 Sonia Reppe rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not children
I actually have the junior deluxe edition, printed in the year MCMLIV (what year is that?) but I can't find any junior deluxe editions in goodreads. This is a tale told about the boy prince Edward Tudor VI, and Tom, the pauper boy whom Edward befriends and feels pity for. They trade clothes for fun, intending to change right back, but before they can, the prince runs to give an order and is thrown out onto the street in his rags.
This is known as a children's classic, subtitled "A Tale for Youn...more
Kierstin
This was just about the most darling book I have ever read! At first glance, I believed it to be a dull and quite difficult read to understand, but in all reality, it wasn't that at all. The characters were just so loveable and it presented such a good moral story that tugs at the heartstrings and makes you want to keep going back to read. That's how it was for me. Trust me, this is no ordinary 18th century book!
Samah
I remember reading this amazing book by mark twain when I was 15; I quite liked it then ..
the story is reaaaally outstanding ..
two boys (as obvious : a prince and a pauper )whom are extremely alike; switching roles in every thing (clothes , behaviour ,.....etc.)..
the luxurious lifestyle amazes the pauper ; however a very rare element is missed in the prince' way of life (CARE & LOVE) ..
The prince on the other hand feels sorry for his poor friend and the way he's living ..his cruel father ..s...more
Hannah
4.5 stars.

I am actually surprised how good this book was. I'm not a huge fan of classics, but I tend to try and force myself to read them to push me out of my YA comfort zone.

Now, I'm not going to lie. Being thirteen and all I watched the Barbie movie based off of this. So that is partially the reason I read this book at all in the first place. That felt more like a confession than a statement.

Anyway, I was impressed by the writing. Mark Twain is known for Huck Fin and Tom Sawyer. And it was...more
Alan
Oct 23, 2008 Alan rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys the royal concept and confusion, very good if you enjoy Shakespere.
I really disliked this book, for some apparent reason. I do not enjoy reading in Shakespearan language, and the wording really confused me which distracted me to understand the concept of the story.
Simona Bartolotta
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.
John Yelverton
This story has been covered in so many ways, it's easy to forget that it's a piece of classic literature.
Rooja K-d
اولین کتاب داستانی که خوندم. دوم ابتدایی بودم. از این بابت خیلی خیلی دوستش دارم. یادش به خیر
Madalina
Read this when I was eleven or twelve, mildly interesting, but I doubt I would have the patience necessary 9 years later; Mark Twain was never my cup of tea.

That being said, this books allows the reader to explore the dysmall life of the poor: prison, hunger, cruelty, crazyness, the occasional 'entertainment' of a public execution, all seen through the eyes of a child, astute, but a child still, not jaded or cynical or spoiled enough to justify what he's seen and forget upon his next turn in for...more
Steven
A couple things of import to note about this book are that it was published in 1881 (1882 in the U.S.) and was Mark Twain's first attempt at historical fiction. This means that this story has to be taken in context both from a historical perspective as well as from the Twain satirical perspective.

The plot is simple. Tom Canty, a poor boy who lives with his abusive father and grandmother (along with his two sisters and mother) in a poor section of London, one day finds himself through a series of...more
John
There have been countless imitations and adaptations, but none of them live up to this, the original. Though ostensibly for children (if you happen to know any brilliant children who like to read violent old historical novels written in Shakespearean English), the ideas that drive the narrative are very grown-up. The only thing that really seems to distinguish it as a "children's tale" is the fact that it's not very realistic. Both the prince and the pauper's speech is far more elevated than any...more
Camelia Pecchia
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, tell a story of two boys born on the same day, Edward Tudor, the son of King Henry VII and Tom Canty, a poor unloved peasant. Both boys meet in Edward's palace and switch clothes curious about each others different life. They soon get mistaken for each other because of their clothes. Edward Tudor must survive the harsh life of a poor beggar while Tom Canty lives in a dream palace as Edward. One King Henry VII dies, Tom Canty is now supposedly king. Edward...more
Corinne
Probably you know the idea of this story already: a street urchin and a prince trade places and see life "on the other side." And that is definitely the crux of the plot. Tom, the urchin, thinks that there could be nothing better in the world than being king and Edward, the prince, dreams of a free life out on the streets. Of course, reality is always a rude awakening and both being a prince and being a street rat have their, uh, disadvantages.

I read this one because my sixth grader is studying...more
Haya S.
To be honest, once I glanced over the book's first chapter, I was slightly taken back from the twisted meanings, extremely English phrases, and long sentences. However, as I read at a slow pace at first and then sped up gradually as events started unfolding, I realized the competence of Mark Twain's prose.

You see, I downloaded the PDF version of the book on my phone (I read e-books, no judging) because the following question haunted my mind before I was even into Elementary School, "What if two...more
Admatha
Feb 18, 2012 Admatha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of children's and/or historical adventure stories
I was surprised at how well this was written. I must have absorbed the story early, through children's shows knockoffs as a child, because I knew and yet did not know the basic plot. It far exceeded what I'd expected and somehow, despite the frequent moral lessons, it manages to avoid being preachy. The two boys are both likeable and sweet, and you can't help but be interested in both their fortunes. I found that as it led up to the end I grew impatient with the descriptions of splendor or squal...more
Dong
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain (240 pages)/ Classic Historical Fiction

The Prince and the Pauper is about a sudden change in life faced by the two boys at the same age, living an opposite life. The prince, Edward IV, lives in the palace and is somewhat spoiled in terms of lifestyle. He does not live to survive but he lives with joy and education. On the other hand, Tom Canty, a poor boy living with his family in a very minuscule space, is living everyday for survival. He has to live ever...more
Staurt Patterson
Stuart Patterson
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An idea that looked better than it tasted
Mark Twain is a person that can do what he loves in any way that involves some paper and a writing utensil. He was able to show everyone that he could write elegantly and pull it off in such a way that people thought that he had done this, his whole life.
When he was writing The Prince and the Pauper people were saying that he couldn’t write formal in any way shape or form, this book would prove them wrong. He was also...more
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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).

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