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The Prince and the Pauper

Mark Twain

Book Overview: 

The Prince and the Pauper represents Mark Twain’s first attempt at historical fiction. The book, set in 1547, tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court, London, and Prince Edward son of Henry VIII of England. Due to a series of circumstances, the boys accidentally replace each other, and much of the humor in the book originates in the two boys’ inability to function in the world that is so familiar to the other (although Tom soon displays considerable wisdom in his decisions). In many ways, the book is a social satire, particularly compelling in its condemnation of the inequality that existed between the classes in Tudor England. In that sense, Twain abandoned the wry Midwestern style for which he was best known and adopts a style reminiscent of Charles Dickens.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There was a flourish of trumpets within; and the Prince's uncle, the future great Duke of Somerset, emerged from the gateway, arrayed in a 'doublet of black cloth-of-gold, and a cloak of crimson satin flowered with gold, and ribanded with nets of silver.'  He turned, doffed his plumed cap, bent his body in a low reverence, and began to step backward, bowing at each step.  A prolonged trumpet-blast followed, and a proclamation, "Way for the high and mighty the Lord Edward, Prince of Wales!"  High aloft on the palace walls a long line of red tongues of flame leapt forth with a thunder-crash; the massed world on the river burst into a mighty roar of welcome; and Tom Canty, the cause and hero of it all, stepped into view and slightly bowed his princely head.

He was 'magnificently habited in a doublet of white satin, with a front-piece of purple cloth-of-tissue, powdered with diamonds, and edged with ermine. . . Read More

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Tom Canty is a poor beggar in the streets of London, wishing for a better future; Edward Tudor is the young prince of Wales, bored to death with court life. By those weird chances of fate they find themselves changing places, and nobody the wiser, since they look like identical twins. A prin

Imagine you're a nine-year-old boy grungy rags for clothes, belly empty a sadistic father beats you if you don't beg for money (and get it) . Afraid of life an endless, joyless struggle to survive. The only relief from the grim reality is sleep, for a few hours on the dirty floor in something not qu

I read this several times as a kid, and loved it. Twain humor and class commentary about the hypocrisy of the upper classes. And a fantasy, turned weekly into a Disney movie that sapped all the Twain and satire out of it. Then many many spinoff books and movies. But the idea of a beggar switching pl

Една от любимите ми книги от детството. Беше много приятно да си я поприпомня.

تقریبا هیچ وقت به کتاب‌های کلاسیک دید خوبی نداشتم، اما تصمیم گرفتم به این دسته از ادبیات هم یک فرصتی بدم. شاهزاده و گدا کتاب خوبی بود، داستان جالب، طنز پنهان و انتقادی خوب، سرعت نسبتا مناسب برای اتفاقات. در کل دوستش داشتم، هرچند در بعضی فصول که فقط قصر رو توصیف می‌کرد کمی خسته‌کننده می‌شد. یادم میاد

شاهزاده و گدا (به انگلیسی: The Prince and the Pauper) نام رمانی تاریخی و جاودانه مارک تواین نویسنده آمریکایی است که در سال ۱۸۸۱ میلادی نگارش شده است. این کتاب داستان ادوارد و تام را بیان می‌کند که یکی ولیعهد انگلستان و دیگری گدایی بیش نیست. دست تقدیر به واسطه چهره‌های آن‌ها که بسیار شبیه هم است این

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