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The Prince and the Pauper

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  99,376 ratings  ·  1,837 reviews
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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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 the ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The prince and the pauper, (1881), Mark Twain
The Prince and the Pauper is a novel by American author Mark Twain. It was first published in 1881 in Canada, before its 1882 publication in the United States. The novel represents Twain's first attempt at historical fiction. Set in 1547, it tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court off Pudding Lane in London, and Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII.
Luís C.
The prince and the pauper is a lucidly written masterpiece by Mark Twain. Easily comprehensible, the book is a display of sheer genius. All the characters have been thoroughly explained and as you go along you fall in love with most of them especially the prince and the Knight Miles Hendon. The former is a personification of pampered innocence while the latter is an epitome of self-less generosity. The story doesn't take long to shift gears and as soon as the two protagonists shift places (by mi ...more
David Schaafsma
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this several times as a kid, and loved it. Twain humor and class commentary about the hypocrisy of the upper classes. And a fantasy, turned weekly into a Disney movie that sapped all the Twain and satire out of it. Then many many spinoff books and movies. But the idea of a beggar switching places with a prince, that still has a draw in it. The Homes of Celebrity tv shows. The Lives of the Rich and Famous. This isn't Twain's best work, but it is Twain, so is always worth reading.
The Prince and the Pauper is a good young adult fiction written by Mark Twain. It is also my introduction to him. The story is set up in the time of King Henry VIII reign and this historical setting was what really induced me to read the book. I'm not well versed with British history, but I have read a fair amount of detail of the reign of Henry Tudor. I was therefore a little familiar with the gruesome laws and the unfair persecutions that were carried out in England at that time period.

The st
Mahdi Lotfi
شاهزاده و گدا (به انگلیسی: The Prince and the Pauper) نام رمانی تاریخی و جاودانه مارک تواین نویسنده آمریکایی است که در سال ۱۸۸۱ میلادی نگارش شده است. این کتاب داستان ادوارد و تام را بیان میکند که یکی ولیعهد انگلستان و دیگری گدایی بیش نیست. دست تقدیر به واسطه چهرههای آنها که بسیار شبیه هم است این دو را بر جای یکدیگر مینشاند و آن دو زندگی دیگری را امتحان میکند.
شاهزاده به خانه فقیرانه تام می رود و تام در قصر می ماند. آیا پرتام ، می تواند ادوارد را به گدایی و دزدی وادار کند؟ آیا اینک که پادشاه مرده
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, fiction
تقریبا هیچ وقت به کتابهای کلاسیک دید خوبی نداشتم، اما تصمیم گرفتم به این دسته از ادبیات هم یک فرصتی بدم. شاهزاده و گدا کتاب خوبی بود، داستان جالب، طنز پنهان و انتقادی خوب، سرعت نسبتا مناسب برای اتفاقات. در کل دوستش داشتم، هرچند در بعضی فصول که فقط قصر رو توصیف میکرد کمی خستهکننده میشد. یادم میاد در کودکی سریال این کتاب رو دیده بودم، برای همین فضاها تا حدودی برام آشنا بود.

یک نکته هم که توجهم رو جلب کرد این بود که طی 30 سال چقدر زبان نوشتاری ما دستخوش تغییر شده. چقدر توی همین چندین سالی که از ترجم
Mεδ Rεδħα
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: les-inoubliables
Edward, Prince of Wales, dreams of sharing the lives of street kids, of escaping the boredom that weighs on him, his monotonous life. He then decides to put on the rags of a street kid, exchanging his role with Tom for a few moments of freedom. Tom will realize his dream too; to become a prince
Edward does not know anything about the life of his people. What could be better for a future king than to be immersed in the rough existence of his subjects, vagabonds, thieves and beggars, subject to ter
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
Oct 03, 2014 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
Momen ahmadi

آدمی همه چیز را با هم ندارد و یا همه چیز نمی تواند یک جا برای یک نفر باشد...
آنکه شاه است آرامش فقیر را ندارد و آنکه فقیر است ثروت شاه را...
هیچ انسانی خوشبختی بر روی کره زمین پیدا نخواهی کرد و هر کسی از نداشتن و نبودن چیزی و یا کسی در رنج است..
ظرف خواسته های ما هیچ موقع پر نخواهد شد و برآورده شدن هر آرزو پیش زمینه ای است برای خواستن آرزویی دیگر...
اگر همه مزیت ها و عیوب دنیا را یک دریا در نظر بگیریم،هیچ انسانی را بر روی کره ی زمین پیدا نخواهی کرد که همه دریاچه را یکجا داشته باشد...
مارک تواین در ای
Jan 05, 2008 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
Oct 07, 2009 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
Sara Kamjou
این کتاب رو اولین بار تو بچگی خوندم و تو همون ایام فیلم یا سریالشو هم دیدم. مجدد خوندنش برام پر از نوستالژی بود و جالب اینکه داستانش خوب یادم بود که نشوندهندهی اثرگذاری داستانه.
داستان در مورد تام فقیر و ادوارد شاهزادهست که هر دو در یک روز به دنیا میان و سر جریاناتی با هم آشنا میشن که این آشنایی روند اتفاقات بعدی کتاب رو شکل میده.
نثر کتاب ساده و روونه که ماجرای قابل تأملی رو روایت میکنه. باید پا رو از سنتهای همیشگی فراتر گذاشت و این فراتر رفتن باید از یه جایی شروع بشه!
من ترجمه محسن سلیمانی رو خون
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Catching up with the classics #8

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
Mikey B.
Jun 07, 2015 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
Sarah ~
Jul 25, 2012 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
Aug 20, 2015 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.
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
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Twain's humor always has an absurdist element to it, and this is particularly strong here. Therefore I'm not a big fan of this one, much preferring The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which I think is Twain's best.

I hadn't before thought about the link between this one and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which I have fond memories of from childhood (and I also plan to reread, to see if it holds up). For some reason this late 19th century American author from rural Missouri seemed a b
M. javad
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america
یک داستان جذاب و بسیار شیرین که فقر و بدبختی و اختلاف طبقانی زمان خود را هنرمندانه بیان میکند و نیز طنازانه برخی تشریفات و اعمال دربار سلطنتی انگلستان را به باد سخره میگیرد. ...more
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
Renée Paule
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating tale with a tremendous amount to teach everyone who cares to reflect on it.
David Sarkies
Apr 16, 2016 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
Ramon Remires
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-of-5
I thought I was enlightened and knew everything. I thought I had read every masterpiece ever written, and then Luís C. came and recommended this book to me and I went back to my actual size and confessed with shame that I had never read Mark Twain's writing.

So I quickly went to Google and checked who was the writer and then I read this book. Immediately I was fascinated - less than the story itself and more than the writing and the great ideas behind it considering the date of writing itself.

Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

May 28, 2015 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
Jan 27, 2009 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
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
Nice classic.
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