THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER by MARK TWAIN(book review)
September 12, 2010 § 4 Comments
Brilliant, though provocative, ironic and well narrated.
Twain is one of my favourite authors now. The images he weaves and the way he narrates! It is hard not to smile at his sarcasm and admire how without belittling the grandiose, superstition and ceremonious practises he makes you see the ironies innate in a society.
Tom Canty the pauper and Edward VI uncanny look like. The two boys decide to exchange clothes-voila! the prince is kicked out of his house! What ensues is comical and yet serious. The author takes the opportunity to show us how the world of penury looks to a prince and how the pauper finds his feet in the castle.
The prince is a stubborn boy, who keeps commanding everyone-yet no one will believe that he is a prince! Tom, adapts himself slowly to the royal life. Yet neither can get used to the other’s life easily. Tom finds the court closed and wants his freedom. The prince on the other hand has a rough ride- being pulled, dragged through the country by Tom’s dad and others.
In the end- Prince Edward makes his way-just in time, to interrupt the coronation ceremony. Tom readily tells the people, what happened.
The story comes alive, in the way the two boys deal with various problems. Tom Canty, as the king, giving out justice-his ability to reason and look beyond superstition. The prince is almost arrested, is almost killed and comes to being flogged in public!
An awesome read. One that will make you think and enjoy at the same time.