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Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
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Scaramouche (original 1921; edition 2013)

by Rafael Sabatini

Series: Scaramouche (1), Famosa novelas (5)

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The passionate Andre-Louis Moreau makes an unexpected entrance into the French Revolution when he vows to avenge his best friend's death. His target: Monsieur de La Tour d'Azyr, the aristocratic villain who killed his friend. Andre-Louis rallies the underclass to join him in his mission against the supreme power of the nobility. Soon the rebel leader must go underground, disguising himself as "Sacramouche" in a traveling group of actors. In the midst of his swashbuckling adventures and his country's revolution, he discovers the secret of his own identity.… (more)
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Title:Scaramouche
Authors:Rafael Sabatini
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2013), Paperback, 318 pages
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Tags:E-Book, Historical Fiction, France, 18th Century, French Revolution, Adventure, 2013

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Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (1921)

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Great romp, and a painless way to find out some of the politics of the French Revolution. ( )
  annmariegamble | Jan 2, 2021 |
The Librivox recording of this one is very good. ( )
1 vote beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
Unexpectedly entertaining read, although I suspect Google Books did not have the best edition (typos, ho!). Neat to see foundational cliches in action. ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
Good swashbuckler, translation was a little flat. ( )
  AldusManutius | Jul 5, 2020 |
This is a historical novel, describing the beginning of the French Revolution, i.e. the period around 1790, plus or minus a few years. The main character, Andre-Louis Moreay is of unknown parentage, but has been brought up under the protection of his landed-gentry godfather. Andre-Louis is well educated and has a gift for glib rejoinders. He has no firm political views, but becomes politicized when his best friend is murdered by a marquis, allegedly under cover of a duel. Andre-Louis vows revenge.

First off, he gives a speech, channeling the fervent ideas of his murdered friend, which is considered to be seditious by the nobles, in particular the murderer of his friend. The nobles seek to arrest Andre-Louis so he can be hanged for sedition. Andre-Louis seeks cover by joining an itinerant band of actors, actors in the tradition of Commedia dell'Arte. In that tradition, each actor has a pat role, rich buffoon, jokester, inamorata, etc. One such role is Scaramouche, a glib schemer, the role Andre-Louis obtains. He excells in that role, and again, during one of his scenes manages to stir up the populace against the nobles, in particular the murdering marquis who happens to be in the audience.

Andre-Louis must once again flee for his life, and ends up in Paris, where he becomes a fencing master. I could go on, but I won't. One might better read this book for one's self. It's rather good. Sabitini is a master story teller and an astute observer of the human condition. Another benefit of reading this book is that one will also learn something about the root causes of the French Revolution and how things proceeded. An added bonus for me was that I read the part about the storming of the Bastille on Bastille Day. How cool is that? ( )
  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
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The passionate Andre-Louis Moreau makes an unexpected entrance into the French Revolution when he vows to avenge his best friend's death. His target: Monsieur de La Tour d'Azyr, the aristocratic villain who killed his friend. Andre-Louis rallies the underclass to join him in his mission against the supreme power of the nobility. Soon the rebel leader must go underground, disguising himself as "Sacramouche" in a traveling group of actors. In the midst of his swashbuckling adventures and his country's revolution, he discovers the secret of his own identity.

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Once he was André-Louis Moreau, a lawyer raised by nobility, unconcerned with the growing discontent among France’s lower class—until his best friend is mercilessly struck down by a member of the aristocracy.

Now, he is Scaramouche. Speaking out against the unjust French Government, he takes refuge with a nomadic band of acting improvisers where he assumes the role of Scaramouche The Clown—a comic figure with a very serious message...

Set during the French Revolution, this novel of swashbuckling romance is also a thought-provoking commentary on class, inequality, and the individual’s role in society—a story that has become Rafael Sabatini’s enduring legacy.
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