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The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska, Baroness…

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)

by Emmuska, Baroness Orczy

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That was good fun. ( )
  ScribblingSprite | Aug 10, 2015 |
To appreciate this book a reader has to be willing to:

1) Mostly ignore the political context and read from an action / adventure / swashbuckling perspective
2) Accept that a man and his friends will risk their lives to get a bit of excitement and that part of the thrill is showing off by leaving a distinctive symbol so that it will be clear who has outwitted whom
3) Allow himself or herself to indulge in eye-rolling from time to time when scenes get melodramatic (for example, after dirt is kissed)
4) Accept that definitions of intelligence change over time
5) Believe that it is possible for one person not to recognize someone intimately known, because of a great disguise. Believe that this is possible over an extended time (or instead go back to #3).

I kept these in mind as I enjoyed this reading experience. It is even possible to take some larger meaning from this book, in that the basic "two wrongs don't make a right" lesson is shown. There is also a modicum of ethical complexity- do we forgive Lady Blakeley for her treatment of the then anonymous Scarlet Pimpernel because of her desire to save Armand St. Just? If we do, what about after the Pimpernel's identity becomes known? What does it say about our code of ethics if betrayal is okay for one of these but not for the other?

For me this was enjoyable reading. A whole lot of reading of this type would not work for me, but I did appreciate this book. ( )
  karmiel | Aug 1, 2015 |
Excellent book, if you like the films you will like this book ( )
  Claire5555 | Mar 25, 2015 |
I love this story first as a book, then in the many movie versions and also as a musical. While the Anthony Andrews is the version I love best, the old Leslie Howard version caught my heart and he actually kissed the ground she walked on and it did't look cheesy. ( )
  Lunytoucan | Mar 18, 2015 |
Action-packed! Old-fashioned spy story... ( )
  TrgLlyLibrarian | Feb 1, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Emmuska, Baroness Orczyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindström, SigfridTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mantel, HilaryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Musterd-de Haas, ElsEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Page, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wildschut, MarjoleinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zimmermann, WalterNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate.
We seek him here,
we seek him there,
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven? -
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That damned, elusive Pimpernel!
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An English noble
saves French aristocracy
from the guillotine. (marcusbrutus)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451527623, Mass Market Paperback)

This timeless novel of intrigue and romance is the adventure of one man's defiance in the face of authority. The rulers of the French Revolution are unable to discern the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, a man whose exploits are an embarrassment to the new regime. Is he an exiled French nobleman or an English lord? The only thing for certain is his calling card--the blood-red flower known as the Scarlet Pimpernel...

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In 1792, during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror, an English aristocrat known to be an ineffectual fop is actually a master of disguises who, with a small band of dedicated friends, undertakes dangerous missions to save members of the French nobility from the guillotine.… (more)

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