The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

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From the book: In the ancient city of London, on a certain autumn day in the second quarter of the sixteenth century, a boy was born to a poor family of the name of Canty, who did not want him. On the same day another English child was born to a rich family of the name of Tudor, who did want him. All England wanted him too. England had so longed for him, and hoped for him, and prayed God for him, that, now that he was really come, the people went nearly mad for joy. Mere acquain-tances hugged and kissed each other and cried. Everybody took a holiday, and high and low, rich and poor, feasted and danced and sang, and got very mellow; and they kept this up for days and nights together. By day, London was a sight to see, with gay banners waving from every balcony and housetop, and splendid pageants marching along. By night, it was again a sight to see, with its great bonfires at every corner, and its troops of revellers making merry around them. There was no talk in all England but of the new baby, Edward Tudor, Prince of Wales, who lay lapped in silks and satins, unconscious of all this fuss, and not knowing that great lords and ladies were tending him and watching over him - and not caring, either. But there was no talk about the other baby, Tom Canty, lapped in his poor rags, except among the family of paupers whom he had just come to trouble with his presence.
Publisher: [S.I.] : 1st World Library, 2016.
ISBN: 9781595403773
1595403779
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Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc

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acardona305 Jan 27, 2018

Quality writing, Mark Twain takes the idea of compassion and forms a very compelling narrative around the idea. This novel revolves around the idea of walking a mile in another person's shoes so as to change one's perspective about life and possibly give them growth that they would have otherwise failed to attain. A must read for those who interested in the "classics".

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vv19
Jan 06, 2016

This book is a classic and this is the kind of story that will be copied over and over again. Twain told a story that is so far fetched that in the end you believe it could happen. I love the moral of "walking a mile in someone else's shoes". It gives one a lot to think about before judging someone else. Bad characters abuse the Prince and the Pauper. The theme of bad fathers is predominant. This is not a story for children.

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kathy7777
Nov 16, 2015

Trying to read the Greatest Books of All Time so I read it. I had to learn to read the rhythm of the old English and it took me awhile to get through. Glad I could accomplish it but would not pick this up as a regular choice.

Very violent in parts with the way people are tortured and killed. Definitely not a children's book.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 30, 2014

Like "A Connecticut Yankee," this is lighter, lesser Twain, set in England's past. It's enjoyable and was certainly one of the first switcheroo plots (like "Trading Paces), but it lacks the wit and vigor of his best books.

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Aerie
Jan 18, 2011

Everyone at one point or another looks over the fence at their 'neighbour' and wishes they could trade places.

The grass is always greener on the other side.

This story puts things into a more believable perspective. Once trading places, things are not as easy as we think they are looking on from a distance.

There are versions of this book written for children. Kids recieve a great moral from this story.

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vanravenstein
Oct 08, 2010

The only criticism I have is that it makes the life of the prince look really great, while not much on a positive note is said about the life of the pauper.

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Jun 01, 2016

red_crocodile_334 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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