This book is a classic and this is the kind of story that will be copied over and over again. Twain told a story that is so far fetched that in the end you believe it could happen. I love the moral of "walking a mile in someone else's shoes". It gives one a lot to think about before judging someone else. Bad characters abuse the Prince and the Pauper. The theme of bad fathers is predominant. This is not a story for children.
Trying to read the Greatest Books of All Time so I read it. I had to learn to read the rhythm of the old English and it took me awhile to get through. Glad I could accomplish it but would not pick this up as a regular choice.
Very violent in parts with the way people are tortured and killed. Definitely not a children's book.
Like "A Connecticut Yankee," this is lighter, lesser Twain, set in England's past. It's enjoyable and was certainly one of the first switcheroo plots (like "Trading Paces), but it lacks the wit and vigor of his best books.
Everyone at one point or another looks over the fence at their 'neighbour' and wishes they could trade places.
The grass is always greener on the other side.
This story puts things into a more believable perspective. Once trading places, things are not as easy as we think they are looking on from a distance.
There are versions of this book written for children. Kids recieve a great moral from this story.
The only criticism I have is that it makes the life of the prince look really great, while not much on a positive note is said about the life of the pauper.
red_crocodile_334 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages
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