The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

by Mark Twain

Overview: On the same day in 16th century London were born Tom Canty, destined to become a street beggar, and Edward Tudor, son of Henry VII, a future king. Several years later, young Canty invades the royal precincts hoping to see the Prince. The boys discover they are identical in appearance and exchange clothes. Mistaken for the beggar boy, Prince Edward is thrown into the streets. Tom Canty, too frightened to confess his true identity, assumes the mantle of the Prince of Wales.

Linda Smither (06/07/16): Light reading and hilarious! Twain weaves a good tale (are you surprised?) of two boys switching places. Both "imposters" are perceived as nuts and the story gets more and more dangerous/treacherous as they try to re-swap positions. Four stars!
Rating: ****

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