Have you ever wondered how awesome it would be if you had been born into royalty or had rock star parents and never had to worry about paychecks, rent or gas prices? Have you wished your boss or the President could walk a day in your shoes? Be careful what you wish for because the grass is always greener...
Mark Twain personally knew about both sides of the poverty fence and if anyone could write a humorous satire about such a heavy topic, it's him.
Published in 1881, The Prince and the Pauper is a role reversal tale about two similar looking boys trading places in society and the lessons they both learn. The novel satirizes English royalty and highlights the plight of the poor in England during the 1500s. Twain could write some pretty funny scenes about heavy subjects and make them enjoyable for everybody.
It's a shame Charles Dickens wasn't alive to read this novel. I think Twain may have been a tad influenced by Oliver Twist and David Copperfield while writing this novel. Though this novel is set in 1547 England, the storyteller's voice is distinctly Twain, and you can't get more American than that.
The Prince and the Pauper is fun for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
Dan @ Central