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READ ☆ The Prince and the Pauper É This treasured historical satire played out in two very different socioeconomic worlds of 16th century England centers around the lives of two boys born in London on the same day Edward Prince of Wales and Tom Canty a street beggar During a chance encounter the two realize they are identical and as a lark decideAr During a chance encounter the two realize they are identical and as a lark decide to exchange clothes and roles a situation that briefly but drastically alters the lives of both youngsters The Prince dressed in rags wanders ab. The Prince and the Pauper is a good young adult fiction written by Mark Twain It is also my introduction to him The story is set up in the time of King Henry VIII reign and this historical setting was what really induced me to read the book I'm not well versed with British history but I have read a fair amount of detail of the reign of Henry Tudor I was therefore a little familiar with the gruesome laws and the unfair persecutions that were carried out in England at that time period The story set against this time focuses on Prince Edward Prince of Wales later King Edward VI and a pauper called Tom Canty who is look alike of the Prince and the same age When they accidentally meets the Prince decides to switch their identities and the rest of the story proceeds with the adventures each faces in their mistaken identities Through his adventure the Prince sees the true picture of the lives of his subjects and learn about the unjust laws that are in force Also he comes to learn true loyalty through Miles Hendon the brave hero who protects the Prince throughout his misfortunes The story is embellished with true account of incidents that have taken place in England thus exposing a dark and violent regime It really was hard to read about the cruel and outrageous punishments that were carried out which are highly disproportionate to the offence committed Moreover it was disturbing to read about the religious persecutions and also the false allegation and monstrous punishment of women of witchcraft It is appalling when you consider these things happened in fifteen hundreds and how uncivilized the law had been nearly five hundred years ago I'm a little surprised that Mark Twain chose such an unappealing time period to set a story for young adults The story is a good one; and the setting it up against a true historical backdrop with true historical characters gave the story a realistic face However Mark Twain writing was a bit wordy This made the read tedious at times It also disturbed the pace of the story All this made it uite impossible for me to give my full enthusiastic attention to the book I did enjoy the read but I wasn't drawn in

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Out the city's boisterous neighborhoods among the lower classes and endures a series of hardships; meanwhile poor Tom now living with the royals is constantly filled with the dread of being discovered for who and what he really i. Upon moving to Glenview I had no reliable bookstore I was aware of save the bigass Barnes Nobles near the train station by work Such a shop near my train station isn’t uite helpful as the maximum I have at such a locale is about 6 minutes and it’s a 3 minute walk from the station Upon finding Books A Million I was uite content; in what I believe to be my first visit there I had a hankering for some unknown reason to get a copy of the much cited Mark Twain classic “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” I walked out with a book of his short stories and was duly pleased It was on one of these trips to that I came across The Prince and The Pauper and decided I’d give that sh t a try someday in the remote future And lo that time hath come and sadly I wasn’t all that thrilled with this work It’s fairly enjoyable I’ll give it that but much like Huck Finn and the usual reuired reading of Mr Clemens this just didn’t uite do it for me; in my estimation the guy should have stuck to short stories which are almost universally fricking sweet This book has its ups and downs; while the saga of the identity crisis between Poor Tom Canty of Led Zeppelin fame and the noble Prince Edward is rich with Twain’s humor the conversational Middle English gets annoying and unless you love English history or geography intimately some of this is convoluted Also had this been a shorter book not that it’s an exceedingly long volume by any means it probably would have been better as the adventures might be funny at times some of the mishaps which take place aren’t up to the caliber of others resulting in down time which is usually filled with repetitive contemplations by the minor characters to the maladies which they presume have afflicted Prince or Pauper The switch of persona between the two characters happens early in the story by page 14 and the dual cover ups of this event by both the mind numbingly foolish royal troupe and the beggardly and bedraggled poor who succumb to their discontent and exist as villainous brutes takes an exceeding amount of time as both the false Prince Tom Canty and the fallen unrecognized urchin that is the disgraced Prince Edward are deemed by the medical masterminds of the time as suffering an affliction of the mind resulting in the loss of their socially accepted identities to assume one of the furthest possible aspect in these days of Olde London The beggar turned Prince who I thought the tale would focus about and would be a truly spectacular character of moral integrity actually is outshone by the bravado and unshakable persistence of the downtrodden former heir At that point the story plods along rather endlessly and while there certainly are some moments of worthy comedy a fifty page abridgement could be made The result of that would be a great novelette worthy of the Twain name as it stands I don’t see the need for the repetition of lengthy dialogs in a goofy manner of speech which on both sides of the tale form the foundation of the rest of the world’s beliefs concerning this unspoken but suspected act of governmental subterfuge Events great and small are covered on Edward’s path to regain the mighty crown which he has so far been unrighteously and unceremoniously denied since the death of King HenryAt the end of the day you don’t really get what you pai


The Prince and the PauperThis treasured historical satire played out in two very different socioeconomic worlds of 16th century England centers around the lives of two boys born in London on the same day Edward Prince of Wales and Tom Canty a street begg. The soft or less for the time child friendly today possibly not so much any variation of Twains´ interpretation of the Middle Ages that is realistic hardcore dark in his underrated masterpiece A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur´s courthttpswwwgoodreadscombookshow1 Especially the contrast to this one is big it´s so white and greenwashed that it´s exaggerated and unrealistic happy go lucky elements are in stark contrast to the darker tones that are somehow described not too extreme but actually self satirizing view spoiler Especially the dynamic of the prince later king seeing the horrible reality and inhumanity his father loved to form just changing it without his ministers working against him or rebelling or that he helps the people who helped him by making them part of the elitist nepotist monarchy So now just 99999 percent of the people have to suffer except the ones who completely unrealistically decided to help a spoiled arrogant brat like him they thought of as mentally ill in a predator dog eat dog world hide spoiler