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The Prince and the Pauper: A Tale for Young People of All Ages Library Binding – 11 Aug 2008

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  • 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)
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"One of the great scholarly enterprises of the century. . . . If you want to enjoy, and to understand fully, the genius of Mark Twain, the California editions are the only texts to have." "London Telegraph [Michael Shelden] --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"Each additional volume reaffirms our faith and celebration in this splendid series."--Nineteenth-Century Fiction --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Try as I might I cannot get past the front cover! Nothing I can do sorts the problem out.. I have never had this problem before. I need a refund! Amazon please help.
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By FictionFan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 July 2013
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When poor Tom Canty realises his cherished ambition to meet a real Prince, both are astonished to find they are identical. Swapping clothes for a joke, the young Prince is mistaken for the pauper Tom and ejected from the palace. Meantime, Tom tries to tell the palace people about the mistake, but they think he's gone mad and won't believe him. Prince Edward's loving father (!), Henry VIII, orders Tom to act the Prince until his madness recedes and, as a loyal subject, Tom must obey. So begins a series of adventures for both boys as they learn about each other's lives.

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!
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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.
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I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed reading it, but I’m also glad that I’ve finished it. It’s the sort of book that’s a classic, and so it should be read at least once if you get the chance, but because it’s not exactly easy to read, you might want to think twice before committing yourself.

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.
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Sometimes illustrated Kindle versions don't translate to the format well, but this edition is very good in every way. Clear and easy to read, and enjoyable to look at (even in black and white).

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.
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Originally published in 1881, this is an historical comedy - the story of two boys: Edward Tudor, Prince of Wales and Tom Canty, beggar. Two boys are oddly similar in appearance and swap clothes for a prank. Complete and unabridged
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This book (The Prince and the Pauper) is just a shortened version of the movie - without the songs. It has the same characters, Mickey, the Pauper, Goofy, Mickey's best mate, Donald, the prince's butler, the Prince and other great characters. It has the same events, it is winter and its freezing cold, Mickey and the Prince look alike so they trade places and lots of other things that occur. The Walt Disney Company wonderfully rewrote this story. Rating and Recommendation: I would rate it 7/ 10 and I would positively recommended `The Prince and the Pauper' to anyone who enjoyed the film as much as I did.
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I know this story is for kids but for some reason I only found it appealing to read it now and im 32. I enjoyed it even it is not an easy read. I do recommend it for everyone.
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