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The Prince and the Pauper – the case of the identical twins

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Set in the mid 16th century, the Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain, takes us into the era we only read in our history books. The story is all about two identical twins – Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in London and Edward VI of England, son of Henry VIII of England.

The story takes an interesting twist as Edward spots Tom at the palace gates and demands the boy be brought inside the palace to his chambers. And here’s where it all begins. Tom relates what his life is like and the Prince is fascinated, particularly about the things he thinks are fun, like swimming and races. Edward then complains of his life and the horrible routine he is forced to endure and suggests, since they are nearly identical in appearance, that they trade places for a day. It is then that both boys’ real adventure begins.

A case of grass being greener on the other side???????????????

The plot thickens when Henry VIII dies and Tom is put in a spot having to take the throne. Things are not rosy for Edward either, what started as a one-day- adventure was turning to be a nightmare and no was willing to believe that he was really Prince Edward.

Mark Twain

Did Tom get crowned or did Edward convince everybody who he really was? Well read the book!

Hasn't everyone wished to be royalty at some point in our lives, wouldn't it have been our dearest wish as a child? This is a great and yet fearful adventure, superbly detailed and believable. It is carefully written in such a manner that genuine history leaves it possible. One of Twain's best ever.

I would say it is a book that you can read and read again many times, as the old-time language has its own charm – far away from the modern slang we hear all around us.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens better known by the pen name Mark Twain was an American author and humorist. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Twain enjoyed immense public popularity. His keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers and was called the “father of American literature”.

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