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The Prisoner of Zenda (illustrated by Charles Dana Gibson) (original 1894; edition 1898)

by Anthony Hope

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Title:The Prisoner of Zenda (illustrated by Charles Dana Gibson)
Authors:Anthony Hope
Info:Grosset & Dunlap, New York
Collections:Your library
Tags:fiction, 19th century, adventure, Britain, collectible

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The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope (1894)

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A fun adventure classic available as a free e-book. ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 27, 2016 |
An adventure story dragged down by unbelievable characters and the silliest of self-indulgent plots. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
IZ KATALOGA KGZ-a: Avanturistički roman Anthonyja Hopea, objavljen davne 1894., doživio je brojne kazališne, radijske i televizijske adaptacije. Među prvim je ekranizacijama bio i film iz 1952. godine u glavnim ulogama s Stewartom Grangerom i Deborah Kerr. Priča je to iz "države" Ruritanije kojoj je upravo otet kralj.

Slučajni putnik, neki engleski turist, a zbog nevjerojatne sličnosti s monarhom, bude angažiran kao njegov dvojnik kako bi pokušao razotkriti zavjerenike i spasiti kralja... ( )
  rosenrot | Feb 17, 2016 |
A classic I'd never got around to reading - till now. I'd definitely recommend the late-19th-century adventure novel to any fans of Alexandre Dumas.
Our protagonist, Rupert, is essentially a slacker. His sister-in-law keeps bugging him to get a job. Instead of doing so, he decides to go on vacation. Family rumor has it that someone in his family was actually illegitimate - secretly the child of a noble of the small kingdom of Ruritania. So he decides to go to Ruritania.
Barely has he arrived when he runs into a hunting party in the woods. To everyone's amazement he looks just like on of the men in the party - the new King of Ruritania. This leads to a warm welcome, and a hearty party at an inn that evening. Unfortunately, the King falls victim to drugged wine sent by his cousin the Duke, who has aims on the throne. When the King can't be woken the next day, his men insist that Rupert, due to his amazing resemblance, play the part of the King and be crowned in his place. He agrees, reluctantly, with the idea that immediately after the coronation ceremony, the real King will be picked up, after having slept it off. Unfortunately, again, the real King gets kidnapped by the Duke, and it looks like Rupert is in for an extended stint as King... he gets some quick lessons in statecraft - and of course, there's also a beautiful princess...
Fun book, if a little unbelievable and dependent on coincidences. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
A pleasant little romp. Rudolf Rassendyll's family has a bit of royal blood from the Ruritanian royal family. It shows up occasionally when someone is born with an amazing head of red hair. Rudolf is interested in his history enough to go to Ruritania to witness the coronation of the king. He is discovered by friends of the king and they dine together at a roadside inn. Someone, however, slips some poison to the king. They immediately suspect the king's brother, Black Michael, and hatch a plot to substitute Rudolf to take his place until he is well enough to take over thereby spoiling Black Michael's plan.

This was a cute story. I'm sure I've seen one of the movie versions - there have been several starring Ronald Coleman, Stewart Granger, and my favorite, Peter Sellers. ( )
  mamzel | Aug 29, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Anthony Hopeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gibson, Charles DanaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCaig, IanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Minter, AndyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, S. C.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Watkins, TonyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilby, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'I wonder when in the world you're going to do anything, Rudolf?' said my brother's wife.
Look where I would, I saw nothing that made life sweet to me, and I took my life in my hand and carried it carelessly as a man dangles an old glove.
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Rudolph Rassendyll's life is interrupted by his unexpected and personal involvement in the affairs of Ruritania whilst travelling through the town of Zenda. He is shortly on the way to Streslau, the capital, where he finds himself engaged in plans to rescue the imprisoned king.

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Rudolph Rassendyll's life is interrupted by his unexpected and personal involvement in the affairs of Ruritania whilst travelling through the town of Zenda. He is shortly on the way to Streslau, the capital, where he finds himself engaged in plans to rescue the imprisoned king.… (more)

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