- Library Binding: 221 pages
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439522529
- ISBN-13: 978-1439522523
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,727,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Prince and the Pauper: A Tale for Young People of All Ages Library Binding – 11 Aug 2008
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Once I had recovered from the shock of seeing Henry and his children all getting along like The Waltons on a good day (except that awful Bloody Mary, of course - Boo! Hiss!), I enjoyed this fable. A mixture of 'clothes maketh the man' and 'the grass is always greener', Twain uses his set-up to show the social divisions and injustices of Tudor society. Tom finds the affairs of state and trappings of ceremony weigh heavily on him, and sometimes wishes for the freedom of his old life. Edward meantime learns how the poor sink into criminality and vice and sees the cruelty of the punishments they are subjected to. Tom's story is fairly light-hearted, but Edward has to face some dark and dangerous moments in this world that is so different from anything he has known before.
Given the fairy-tale nature of the book, Twain manages to get in a lot of real history, though warped where necessary to meet his purposes, and paints what feels like a fairly accurate picture of life at the time, especially for the poor. He occasionally goes over the top in his descriptions of court ceremony but this is for deliberate comic effect - one gets the distinct feeling that Twain may not have been a huge fan of monarchy!Read more ›
You probably know the plot already because the book has entered popular culture, but loosely speaking it’s about the bizarre circumstances around two boys – a prince, and a pauper – who look alike and end up accidentally swapping lives. It’s deliciously ironic throughout, and while it does take a while for the plot to really kick in, you end up hooked.
Of course, the language is archaic – even more archaic than it needed to be – but that’s because it was written a long time ago, and Twain set it even earlier. But in the context of the story, it worked – it just forced you to concentrate.
From the point of view of the story, I found it a drier read than, say, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Characters were more caricatures than well-drawn, but Twain still managed to point out the dichotomy of rich and poor in a way that makes me glad I live in the modern era.
I've been reading Tale of Two Cities at the same time, and am afraid that Twain can't hold a candle to Dickens in terms of characters and social commentary (at least, not in Prince and the Pauper), but that doesn't mean I would leave him off my list of authors who (whom?) should be read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this to link with a school topic. 9-10 year olds, both boys and girls, have really enjoyed listening to the story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by chestnut
This fantasy holds the reader's attention and gives an insight into life in Tudor times.Published 24 months ago by Norman Lloyd-Edwards
Very Good, very happy with prduct, product is how its described, happy to do bussiness again in the furture, HappyPublished on 22 Jan. 2014 by Mary Gibbons