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The Prince and the Pauper

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This treasured historical satire, played out in two very different socioeconomic worlds of 16th-century England, centers around the lives of two boys born in London on the same day: Edward, Prince of Wales and Tom Canty, a street beggar. During a chance encounter, the two realize they are identical and, as a lark, decide to exchange clothes and roles--a situation that brie ...more
Paperback, 100th anniversary edition, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Signet (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
David Sarkies
Apr 16, 2016 David Sarkies rated it really liked it
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
Shahr Baran
Feb 26, 2015 Shahr Baran rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2015 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
Dec 04, 2013 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
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
Anne Hawn Smith
Jan 18, 2010 Anne Hawn Smith rated it it was amazing
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
غزل أدم
Jan 24, 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
يبدو أن مارك توين كان مغرماً بأسم توم
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
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
Sarah ~
Jul 25, 2012 Sarah ~ rated it it was amazing

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
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
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
Nhược Phong
Hoàng tử nhỏ và chú bé nghèo khổ
Tác giả: Mark Twain
(Bản rút gọn của NXB Kim Đồng)
Lúc đầu đọc cũng không nghĩ gì nhiều, nhưng sách kiểu vài tờ hết một chương, văn phong thuần tuý là kể chuyện - thậm chí không có cả miêu tả - làm tôi có suy nghĩ nhanh nhanh đọc xong cuốn sách. Đây không phải cuốn sách của tôi, đây là một cuốn sách tôi vớ được trên giá sách của đứa em họ vào buổi sáng một ngày thứ Bảy thuộc tháng Tư tại nhà nó. Nơi tôi tá túc đêm qua.
Câu chuyện cũng không có gì phức tạp, kể lại
Feb 23, 2016 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.
Nancy K.
Dec 28, 2015 Nancy K. rated it liked it
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
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
Jun 05, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
As someone who is actively involved in political and social issues, I felt like this book, and the lessons contained within, would be just what the doctor ordered for our troubled times. While the story did tend to drag in places, it was very touching and refreshing to see the little pauper, Tom, change laws and pardon lives, and govern with compassion and mercy, in his short time on the throne. It was even more satisfying that Edward learned so much about the brutality of his father's reign whi ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Tarissa rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 24, 2016 Shaun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my third attempt at writing this review, and this time, I’ll make it short and sweet. This is the third Mark Twain book I’ve read in as many months, following Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. A theme I am noticing with his books is that although all of them are considered classics, and pieces of great American literature, I haven’t seen anything particularly great about any of them. The writing, plot, description, characters, all of it, is merely okay to me. Not great. I don’t see what makes hi ...more
Simona Bartolotta
Jul 11, 2012 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.
Alexandra Swann
Feb 13, 2014 Alexandra Swann rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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
Star Shining Forever
Nov 30, 2015 Star Shining Forever rated it really liked it
Shelves: old-classics
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
"Sácate tus harapos y ponte estas galas, muchacho. Será una dicha breve, pero intensa. Nos divertiremos los dos, mientras podamos, y nos volveremos a cambiar antes de que nadie se entere o nos delate"

Una historia muy famosa que tenía muchas ganas de leer, además de que Twain es un autor que me gusta mucho.
Lo que más me llamó la atención fue la forma de estar contada, como si fuera un cuento de esos de "Había una vez..." lo que hizo que fuera más ameno e inocente, aunque en ningún momento pen
Nov 21, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics, humor
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 really liked it  ·  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
Jad Ghamloush
Unfortunately, I could not finish this book. The plot dragged on for way too long. I read a simplified version of this as a child, and fell in love with it. Reading as an adult now, it kind of made me fall out of love with it. The writing isn't as difficult as I expected it to be, but I grew tired of the grandiose that this book tried to achieve.

Not sure whether I'll revisit this book at some other point in my life, but not any time soon.
A classic by the incomparable Mark Twain. Tom Canty is a poor abused lad born on the same day as Prince Edward. The two trade places and spend time in the other's lives. Prince Edward is out in the world discovering how rough it really is. Tom is in the palace believed to be crazy.

The story and plot were great but I must admit that the language used was a little hard to follow at times. I was already familiar with the story due to the fact it IS a classic. I have memories of seeing a movie based
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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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“When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.” 202 likes
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