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The Prince and the Pauper
The Prince and the Pauper
Author: Mark Twain
Rich with surprise and hilarious adventure, The Prince And The Pauper is a delight satire of England's romantic past and a joyful boyhood romp filled with the same tongue-in-cheek irony that sparked the best of Mark Twain's tall tales.  Two boys, one an urchin from London's filthy lanes, the other a prince born in a lavish palac...  more »
PBS Market Price: $5.99 or $2.09+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780553212563
ISBN-10: 0553212567
Publication Date: 12/1/1983
Pages: 240
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 2
Mark Twain spun a mighty good yarn about two boys who look so very much alike that it was difficult to tell them apart. One was a prince who lived a life of luxury. The other was a boy who spent his life just trying to survive. When the two meet, they change clothes. As the reader might guess, neither boy can escape from the new identity he finds himself living.

The author does a remarkable job of portraying the boys' feelings and reactions in their new roles. Of course, the prince believes that his counterpart really wants to live a life of luxury. However, that boy finds himself often confused as to what he is expected to do and wishes to go back to his own life. I quite enjoyed this read and think that many others will like it as well.
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Helpful Score: 1
Excellent adapted version for young readers!
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In Mark Twain's classic historical novel, Tom Canty, a poor boy from the London slums, and Edward Tudor, Prince of Wales, unwittingly swap places. Because they bear an uncanny resemblance to each other, no one believes them when they announce who they really are. So their adventures begin ...

I recommend this book to just about anyone, especially historical-fiction fans. I read it for the 2006 author alphabet challenge. The novel is humorous, witty, adventurous and has a lot to say about the human folly of judging people by outward appearances. Plus, it's a classic that's actually a quick read!

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