Odd's Fish ! Is this book an action adventure, a romance, historical fiction?
Baroness Orczy has provided us with all that.
Tis a fun romp, I say.
Had I known how much of this story was romance, I might not have read it but then I would have missed out on how good an all round story it really is.
Baroness Orczy was a playwright and this book was adapted into a play or the play was adapted into the book.
I know not which was first.
It does have it's faults but still deserving of it's place in literary history.
Sir Percy Blakeney is an English dandy in his normal life.
But it is when he takes on the guise as The Scarlet Pimpernel that he becomes a hero to the French aristocrats.
Crossing the English channe I have seen a movie version on this book at some point but I had not read the book.
I am so glad I did.
I highly recommend it.
Don't rely on the movie versions of this classic, they don't do it justice.
If you have an e reader this book should be free.
I ordered mine on Kindle.
There were some typos here and there, but nothing serious.
I've always had a thing for books that use The Scarlet Pimpernel trope: the intelligent, capable person who hides behind a mask of inanity.
So Emma Orczy gets extra points from me for popularizing this secret identity plot device in her 1905 book The Scarlet Pimpernel.
It's 1792, the early days of the French Revolution, and the Reign of Terror is at its peak: thousands of French aristocrats, men, women and children, are sent to the guillotine, regardless of actual fault.
But a group of brave English noblemen, led by the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel, are re “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.
” The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy
It’s been too long since I last enjoyed a classic novel and I was beginning to fear that I was falling out of love with my favourite genre.
Well, I found the remedy with “The Scarlet Pimpernel.
” What a lot of fun!
The French Revolution is one of my favourite periods of history to learn about despite the morbidity and the violence and cruelty.
It's shocking to be reminded of the fact that even children were guillotined.
It makes you wonder why on earth people felt the need to be so ba [Emmuska Orczy] ✓ The Scarlet Pimpernel [writing PDF] Ebook Epub Download ✓ >
When the guillotine dropped quickly, remorselessly, and often, there arose a mysterious Englishman, who crossed the channel, to rescue the French Aristocrats ( mostly innocent victims), he called himself, "The Scarlet Pimpernel" .
Named after a modest, British flower, this person organized a band of twenty highborn men, he like the flower, was unpretentious .
Their daring deeds thrilled the world, Antoine FouquierTinville director of the French government, wants to capture these enemies.
Offers 5,000 francs, for the head of the unknown leader, but the brilliant Pimpernel, has supernatural powers, they say.
The Terror was just beginning, Sir Percy Blakeney is a rather silly, unintelligent, fop (everyone thought so ).
Percy travels in High Society, his friend is the dissolute Prince of Wales, similar men are his young followers, and copy Rick Flair talks about The Scarlet Pimpernel.
LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHIN, BROTHER, THIS IS ONE BAD MAMMA JAMMA OF A BOOK, YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYIN??
Let me step it down a notch for you literary librarian types and let me pose a question: was The Scarlet Pimpernel the first masked superhero? I mean I’m thinkin about Batman, Green Hornet, The Shadow – right? All those cats had a hidden identity and they had their crime fightin side too.
YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYIN??? The Stylin', profilin', limousine riding, jet flying, kissstealing, wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun!
For all you who don’t know, this was set in the French Revolution and unlike us in AMERICA who settled our fight the oldfashioned way, those FRENCHIES took to choppin off HEADS of ↠´ The Scarlet Pimpernel ↠´ To start let me quote the book blurb.
"Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine.
His friends and foes know him only as The Scarlet Pimpernel.
But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.
Does it sound like a swashbuckling adventure full of action, sword fights, and other related things? Let me assure you, this is exactly that the book does not have.
What it actually has is melodrama coming from a married couple in love with each other, but having wrong impression about their partner.
So Okay, I read this for exactly two reasons: one, I thought this book was on The List (it's not); and two, The Scarlet Pimpernel is the inspiration for the Bruce Wayne/Batman dichotomy and I am a giant dork.
For a book about a secret team of English nobleman working to rescue French nobles from the scary revolutionists who want them dead, this is a surprisingly unexciting book.
The pace is fast, and there's plenty of spying and blackmailing and races against time, but there isn't a single fistfight, swordfight, gunfight or slapping fight in the whole book.
There's sort of a chase scene at the end, but the pursued party is in a slowmoving cart and the pursuer is on foot.
There's plenty of drama and intrigue and excitement, but just one duel would have been nice.
Luckily, the characters are all great.
Sir Percy, in additi
How I had always imagined that the classics are only for those who are born, brought up, spoonfed in and pottytrained in English and how wrong was I to think that they are out of the reach of people like me who had only subnormal command over the English language.
Among many other popular authors of the classic era, Emmuska Orczy was a name much bandied about for her magnum opus, "The Scarlet Pimpernel" , even during my school days.