the Prince and the Pauper


April 25, 2016

6 thoughts on “the Prince and the Pauper

  1. I think the trouble with this one for me is that the narrator ‘tells’ me a lot of what is going on rather than having the character show it in some other way. I like the character to do or say something that exposes the emotions.

  2. I liked this one perfectly well when I read it, but I was in high school, so perhaps hadn’t developed as much discernment as I have now! I did like the setting, and was amused by the premise. Wonder how I’d feel now…?

  3. I never read the entire book until now. IIRR, in 5th grade, we read a textbook version of Prince & the Pauper. It left out the burning people at the stake and that sort of thing. The full text version shows that Twain did a LOT of research before writing the book. There’s always the danger that a writer will feel he/she absolutely must tell all of the wonderful facts discovered during the research. Today, a writer would put any nifty facts not vital for telling the story into an appendix. But Prince & the Pauper was written in 1881, a time when readers expected a lot of story-telling, with as many pages and as much detail as possible. There is tension throughout the book as we hop from character to character, and the story is timeless, a rags-to-riches, riches-to-rags, Changing Places plot that we’ll see again and again over the years because of the built-in conflict.

  4. This brings back memories of when I read the book as a child and absolutely loved it. Like you I enjoy historical fiction and I think people can learn so much from it. There are so many details of life at the time that you absorb while reading without realizing. In this book I particularly enjoyed the contrast between the two boys.

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