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Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Prince and The Pauper by Mark Twain
My Rating - 2 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Puffin Classics
Genre - Classic/Fiction
Publishing year - 1881
Language - English 
ISBN - 978-0-140-36749-2
Pages - 272

My Review - 

It is a story of two young boys Edward and Tom Canty. One born as a Prince of England, and another in a poor household. Fate brought them together, and they switch places due to identical resemblances. Tom, who always imagined being a royal now living his dream life. While Edward, a gullible and gentle Prince, who never knows the suffering of any kind, is starving, beaten, and called names. 

I pick this book because a few months back, I watched The Princess Switch movie starring Vanessa Hudgens. A young princess switches place with a normal girl and finds love. Things will end on a good note. But I was naive that I think Mark Twain's novel will be like this at all. 

A lot of movies and series are inspired by The Prince and The Pauper's book. But the real essence of this book is missing in all those tales. It is a kind of account that is difficult to conjecture. It depicts the harsh realities of culture; when people were burned alive or hanged for petty offenses. Prince Edward witness these brutalities in his journey that changes the course of his life. 

Tom Canty's father and grandmother were abusive. They forced him and his two sisters to beg and beats them immensely without any remorse. When he switches place with Edward, the poor prince has endured all the humiliation. They both try to tell others the truth but labeled insane. 

This is the first time I read Mark Twain's book, but I am not sure if I am going to pick his work again anytime sooner. The reason is his writing and narratives, complex language did no good to me. This novel puts me nearly in a reading slump. But at the same time, I like how we wrote this historical fiction with accurate details of gentlefolk and elites. The different characters support the leads and help them to reach their destinations despite their own miseries is commendable. I am not going to recommend this book, but if you are into classics, give this a try. 

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