Sunday, October 24, 2010

Suggested reading

This time, it's one you may have heard of!

The Prince and the Pauper, by Mark Twain-Summary:

"The novel begins with Tom Canty, an impoverished boy living with his abusive family in London. One day Tom Canty and Prince Edward, the son of King Henry VIII and Jane Seymour meet and as a jest, switch clothes. While dressed in the pauper's rags, the Prince leaves the palace to punish the guard who knocked Tom down. However, the boys look remarkably alike and because they switch clothes, the palace guards throw the prince out into the street. The Prince fares poorly in London because he insists on proclaiming his identity as the true Prince of Wales. Meanwhile despite Tom's repeated denial of his birthright, the court and the King insist that he is the true prince gone mad. Edward eventually runs into Tom's family and a gang of thieves and Twain illustrates England's unfair and barbaric justice system. After the death of Henry VIII, Edward interrupts Tom's coronation and the boys explain, switch places, and Edward is crowned King of England."

I read it as required reading for school, and I found that I heartily enjoyed it,
so I really hope that anyone who reads "The prince and the pauper" because of my recommendation loves it as much as I did!


1 comment:

  1. This is a book I've really been looking forward to reading! And then, seeing your review made me want to read it even sooner than what I was planning....*sigh* but I can't. My book schedule is stocked up until at least Christmas. WHY DO I HAVE SOOO MANY BOOKS I MUST READ?!?

    Have you ever linked up to Hannah's "Monthly Book Reviews"? I think she'll be hosting it this weekend and you could link this review to her post and maybe make some new friends.

    ~ Tarissa