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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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!
Simple, Timeless, Thoughtful
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.)
Prince and the Pauper
At 73 I thoroughly enjoyed this book .