REVIEW â The Prince and the Pauper

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REVIEW â 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 deciOut 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 paid for as far as the time invested in reading the tale went I also must admit to a distraction whilst reading this parable I cold not stop thinking that Twain also has a novel called A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and kept thinking that this kind of made Twain the first that I am aware of in a respected line of alternate history sensationalists That kind of freaked me the hell out

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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 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

REVIEW The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the PauperAr 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. 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 places with a prince that still has a draw in it The Homes of Celebrity tv shows The Lives of the Rich and Famous This isn't Twain's best work but it is Twain so is always worth reading