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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, Everett H. Emerson
Published by Signet on May 1st 2002
Genres: children's, classic
Source: the library
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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, decide to exchange clothes and roles--a situation that briefly, but drastically, alters the lives of both youngsters. The Prince, dressed in rags, wanders about 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 is.
I started reading this book back in January, with visions of the classic black and white movie (which I really like) playing in my head. I enjoyed the first 20 or 30 pages or so, and then … blah. Blah, blah.
I’m a tudor nut, and a big historical fiction fan, and I love anything British, so you’d think that a) I’d have read this book before now and b) I’d devour it & love it. Not so.
There are some bloody fantastic scenes in this book that I loved, but a lot of little scenes that were pointless and just dragged the book out. I’m glad I finally read this, but I can’t say I’ll ever waste time reading it again.
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