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The Prince and the Pauper

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Set in sixteenth-century England, Mark Twain's classic &quot;tale for young people of all ages&quot; features two identical-looking boys--a prince and a pauper--who trade clothes and step into each other's lives. While the urchin, Tom Canty, discovers luxury and power, Prince Edward, dressed in rags, roams his kingdom and experiences the cruelties inflicted on the poor by the Tudor monarchy. As Christopher Paul Curtis observes in his Introduction, <i>The Prince and the Pauper</i> is &quot;funny, adventurous, and exciting, yet also chock-full of . . . exquisitely reasoned harangues against society's ills.&quot; <p></p>This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the Mark Twain Project edition, which is the approved text of the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association.

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The basic story line of The Prince and the Pauper is probably familiar to everyone as it has become a Hollywood staple in a long series of movies: screen adaptations of varying qualities of the book directly, as well as basic plot lifts like "A Change of Place" or "Model Behavior". Twain's book is more than just the piece of Hollywood froth into which it's generally made, however. The ironic and amused tone that is present in so many of his works is much reduced; Twain's reflections on his subject are darker and pointed. There is humor in the book...a fair amount of it...but there is also a very direct criticism of social systems where the ordinary person is at the mercy of authority, reflections on "the grass is always greener...", and the folly of judging someone by their appearances or circumstances. The novel is a bit slower-paced than his more famous works and a modern editor would probably cut a bit of Edward's continual ranting about his rights when taken for Tom. Nonetheless, as with every Twain novel I've tried, this one is worth reading.

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Set in sixteenth-century England, Mark Twain's classic "tale for young people of all ages" features two identical-looking boys--a prince and a pauper--who trade clothes and step into each other's lives. While the urchin, Tom Canty, discovers luxury and power, Prince Edward, dressed in rags, roams his kingdom and experiences the cruelties inflicted on the poor by the Tudor monarchy. As Christopher Paul Curtis observes in his Introduction, The Prince and the Pauper is "funny, adventurous, and exciting, yet also chock-full of . . . exquisitely reasoned harangues against society's ills."

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the Mark Twain Project edition, which is the approved text of the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association. Set in sixteenth-century England, Mark Twain’s classic “tale for young people of all ages” features two identical-looking boys—a prince and a pauper—who trade clothes and step into each other’s lives. While the urchin, Tom Canty, discovers luxury and power, Prince Edward, dressed in rags, roams his kingdom and experiences the cruelties inflicted on the poor by the Tudor monarchy. As Christopher Paul Curtis observes in his Introduction, The Prince and the Pauper is “funny, adventurous, and exciting, yet also chock-full of . . . exquisitely reasoned harangues against society’s ills.”

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the Mark Twain Project edition, which is the approved text of the Center for Scholarly Editions of the Modern Language Association.

Specifications

Age Range
All Ages
Series Title
Modern Library Classics
Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
240
Author
Mark Twain
ISBN-13
9780375761126
Publication Date
July, 2003
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.04 x 5.21 x 0.49 Inches
ISBN-10
0375761128

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The basic story line o...
The basic story line of The Prince and the Pauper is probably familiar to everyone as it has become a Hollywood staple in a long series of movies: screen adaptations of varying qualities of the book directly, as well as basic plot lifts like "A Change of Place" or "Model Behavior". Twain's book is more than just the piece of Hollywood froth into which it's generally made, however. The ironic and amused tone that is present in so many of his works is much reduced; Twain's reflections on his subject are darker and pointed. There is humor in the book...a fair amount of it...but there is also a very direct criticism of social systems where the ordinary person is at the mercy of authority, reflections on "the grass is always greener...", and the folly of judging someone by their appearances or circumstances. The novel is a bit slower-paced than his more famous works and a modern editor would probably cut a bit of Edward's continual ranting about his rights when taken for Tom. Nonetheless, as with every Twain novel I've tried, this one is worth reading.
Most helpful negative review
I think I just did not...
I think I just did not like the style, or maybe it is because I knew the concept of the story, but I had a very hard time pay attention to this one even though I liked the narrator's voice and he did an great job narrating. I tried reading it when I was younger, and could not get into it then, either.
Most helpful positive review
2 customers found this helpful
The basic story line o...
The basic story line of The Prince and the Pauper is probably familiar to everyone as it has become a Hollywood staple in a long series of movies: screen adaptations of varying qualities of the book directly, as well as basic plot lifts like "A Change of Place" or "Model Behavior". Twain's book is more than just the piece of Hollywood froth into which it's generally made, however. The ironic and amused tone that is present in so many of his works is much reduced; Twain's reflections on his subject are darker and pointed. There is humor in the book...a fair amount of it...but there is also a very direct criticism of social systems where the ordinary person is at the mercy of authority, reflections on "the grass is always greener...", and the folly of judging someone by their appearances or circumstances. The novel is a bit slower-paced than his more famous works and a modern editor would probably cut a bit of Edward's continual ranting about his rights when taken for Tom. Nonetheless, as with every Twain novel I've tried, this one is worth reading.
Most helpful negative review
I think I just did not...
I think I just did not like the style, or maybe it is because I knew the concept of the story, but I had a very hard time pay attention to this one even though I liked the narrator's voice and he did an great job narrating. I tried reading it when I was younger, and could not get into it then, either.
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This classic story of ...

This classic story of mixed identity between the boy King Edward VI and pauper Tom Canty is a heartwarming and easy read. Mark Twain's first historical novel, it follows the tradition of of 19th century historical novels in telling as much about the assumptions of the time it was written (1881) as about the time it is set (1547), e.g. in terms of Royal mercy and concern for the poor. The language is a joy to read and this Kindle edition contains all the many illustrations.

The basic story line o...

The basic story line of The Prince and the Pauper is probably familiar to everyone as it has become a Hollywood staple in a long series of movies: screen adaptations of varying qualities of the book directly, as well as basic plot lifts like "A Change of Place" or "Model Behavior". Twain's book is more than just the piece of Hollywood froth into which it's generally made, however. The ironic and amused tone that is present in so many of his works is much reduced; Twain's reflections on his subject are darker and pointed. There is humor in the book...a fair amount of it...but there is also a very direct criticism of social systems where the ordinary person is at the mercy of authority, reflections on "the grass is always greener...", and the folly of judging someone by their appearances or circumstances. The novel is a bit slower-paced than his more famous works and a modern editor would probably cut a bit of Edward's continual ranting about his rights when taken for Tom. Nonetheless, as with every Twain novel I've tried, this one is worth reading.

One day two babies was...

One day two babies was born. But they are very different lives-one is aprince, the other is a pauper. Ten years later, they change p;aces. I was excited thinking what will happen next. And courage of the prince moved me. But i dont like the end of this story. I was disappointed.

The well-known story s...

The well-known story set in 1547, when Crown Prince Edward and the (fictional) neglected, impoverished Tom Canty switch places for fun, as they look surprisingly alike, and find themselves stuck in a role entirely different from anything previously experienced. Written for children but some of the incidents are quite shocking so I'd consider it more suitable for teens (and adults) interested in historical fiction of this era. The author evidently researched well, and the detail feels authentic, though I'm no historian. Some of the descriptions are long-winded, but if one accepts the unlikely premise of the story, it's a believable book, well-written and dramatic. I downloaded mine free from Project Gutenberg, but there are many editions in print and electronic form, as well as various TV/film adaptations of this book.

I remember enjoying th...

I remember enjoying this book as a child (although I can't remember what age) and since my son is interested in Mark Twain, we listened to the audiobook on a recent road trip. It was a little bit more complicated than I remembered, and frankly we both had trouble following parts of the story, but perhaps that is a challenge of audiobooks compared with print. The basic story is well-known in which the poor and abused Tom Canty meets Prince Edward and discovering they resemble one another, swap clothing. Through a comedy of errors, they are separated and end up with Tom unwillingly becoming king and the prince having to live life at the very bottom of society. All works out in the end, and Twain is probably too kind on Edward VI's actual legacy as king, but the book delves into some of the gritty realities of impoverished masses and the court intrigues of the elites.

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