The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper Summary

The Prince and the Pauper is a novel by American author Mark Twain. The novel represents Twain's first attempt at historical fiction. Set in 1547, it 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 off Pudding Lane in London, and Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII.

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Simple, Timeless, Thoughtful5 star

This book teaches a simple and profound truth, when you look beyond your own narrow understanding and see things through the eyes of someone else, you will inevitably have your own views changed for the better. This is a simple, timeless, and thoughtful book, which I was very happy to have read. I highly recommend it! (This book is written with quite a bit of old English, so I would recommend being familiar with some old timey expressions before starting it.)55


Prince and the Pauper5 star

At 73 I thoroughly enjoyed this book .55


Prince and the Pauper1 star

Lost interest became boring af15

Jaleesa Yoder

Enjoyable4 star

While the story obviously never happened, it’s a great read and great entertainment, from the story of the switch to the breathtaking suspense of the moment when the real king might have been rejected. I consider the character Tom Canty to be a noble person, and an honest one in his readiness to insist the real king have the throne. Few people of today will do that. Excellent book!45

Just Bob

Excellent Book!5 star

This book tells a wonderful story, and is technically very good as an ePub, too. So many free ePubs have many errors. Not so, this book. There are relatively few. As for the story, I was enchanted by this pious tell of a prince who learns the lesson of compassion by being treated compassionlessly by others, not that he had to learn this lesson, for he was already good. Twain weaves historical events into his tale, which he explains in his notes at the end. Very enjoyable, and easy to read.55


Enjoyable, Fun, Educational Read4 star

As a fan of the author's ability to spin a tale, I thoroughly and voraciously enjoyed this story... I blazed through it in 4 long sessions. The author's casually graceful humor could be seen throughout. I'd recommend to fans and new readers of Twain alike! @jayduh3245


A Must Read!5 star

Read it in 2 days. What makes it interesting is he mixed fiction with a little bit of history, giving the readers a glimpse into the 1500s. Easy read.55


The inspired and the entertained5 star

Mark Twain's story has been recreated many times, as movie adaptation and even loosely recreated in Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator." This was my first reading of this story and I enjoyed Twain's ironic humor; his boyhood adventure style, replacing Tom and Huck with Edward Tutor; and his Shakespearian style that comes across in the story's dialogue and narration. An excellent piece of fiction inspired by a first class trip to Europe.55


Oh man!5 star

To be discovering Twain at 45... Amazing!55


The Prince and the pauper5 star

Samuel Clemons (mark Twain) showed his understanding of people in this book. He showed the knowledge of English history and the draconian legal system. It showed the poverty of the common people. Stealing an item of a certain price was punishable with the death penalty. He empowered a very young king to fix some of these inequities. One so young wouldn't usually have this wisdom, but this king had lived the poor life, thanks to the plot of the story. A very insightful book.55

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