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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.
This classic is witty, engaging and well worth the time and effort. The classic tale of identity theft is told with the unmatched skill of Twain. There is no substitute for the original, and this one will keep you breathless until the end.
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!
As much as this book is a classic, it is very difficult to read. I read it in a group, which made it easier for discussion reasons, but I personally didn't like it. I would recommend reading it because it is so well known, by such a wonderful writer (Mark Twain), but this book wasn't an easy, good, or simple read.
Tom Canty was born in a gutter, unloved. Prince Edward was born in a palace, adored by all. But when the beggar and the young lord meet, they find they're identical, except for their clothes. Which they switch. Suddenly each is trapped in a nightmare of the other's life.
The look alike, but one is a prince and one is a pauper. Prince Edward of Wales wishes to experience life as a commoner. Pauper Tom Canty wants to know what it's like to be a prince. The two exchange clothes, they are suddenly separated, and the excitement begins! Edward and Tom learn important life lessons as they set off on individual quests to return to their real lives. Mark Twain wrote this classic historic tale about 16th century England for adults and children to enjoy. Listeners will learn the most important lesson of all: Don't judge a book by its cover! (inside cover)