Archive | November 2018

Book Review-The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

 

Prince and Pauper

I recently began re-reading some classics from my childhood and it has been a joy to read this tale again.

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain is a charming story of a bored with life Prince and a poor lad who aspires to the life of nobility. An opportunity arises and they tried changing places. The fact that they look almost identical makes this far-fetched idea believable. Before they have a chance to switch back to their own identities, they are stuck in their new roles. The unusual for them, adventures and challenges become part of their everyday life and are extraordinary.

We know Mark Twain for his humorous look at humanity and as always some still makes its way into this story. In this book, however, we see another side of the man who loved humanity and could see the humor in all we do. We see the political side of Twain. The issues he dealt with in this fun story showed that he recognized the great disparity between the classes. He focused on some of the problems that were normally judged by the Prince. He was able to show how a different approach to these issues had at its heart a caring for people and a fairness of conscience. Meanwhile, the pauper learns that being royalty is not all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it is often very difficult.

The book is full of well – defined characters and a surplus of unique personalities that people this tale.

The Prince and the Pauper is considered a tale for ‘young people of all ages.’ I suggest you give it a try, whether for the first time or revisiting it once again at a more mature age.

I recommend this delightful book for everyone. Humor accompanies anything that is Mark Twain, but this is also a wonderful statement about what Twain sees as the problems in society, even way back then when this was written.

Book Review of The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory

 

 other Bolyne girl

 

If you love historical fiction is much as I do and royalty, courts, Henry VIII and his wives and lovers is your cup of tea, you must read this book.

 

Written in 2001, it explores the Boleyn, the sister and mistress of Henry VIII that was less known, Mary. Part of an ambitious family, Mary was forced into the court and shortly thereafter the bed of the King because her family played each member like a pawn in a game. She or any young girl had little say as to what became of her at that time in history and if their family wished to rise and status she did what she is told. No problem, because girls were of little importance at that time. They were of no consequence and could be moved, married or disposed of with little bother.

 

The Phillipa Gregory has brought this tale to life because of all the research she has done for her books. I recently reviewed her nonfiction on somewhat the same subject and she is a scholar who is credible in all she writes. She did an interview investigation in order to bring this is compelling to her readers and make it such an enjoyable story.

 

I recommend this book as an eye-opener as to the role women played in their families who wished to get ahead. I recommend this book for the sheer number of facts about King Henry’s court, the over-the-top lavish lifestyle, the decadence that was barely hidden and the role each person had to play in the intrigue and the court for just enabling this childish, selfish, lustful King to get his way.

 

I recommend this author since she is so authoritative and still can write a book of fiction that is enjoyable while almost being read like a nonfiction work.