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The Scarlet Pimpernel

byBaroness Orczy

Paperback | August 6, 2002

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An irresistible blend of romance, intrigue, and suspense, this timeless historical adventure recalls the terror following the French Revolution, when mobs ruled the streets of Paris and hundreds of royals were condemned to face the guillotine daily. The only hope of many was a courageous leader who spirited aristocrats across the Channel to England and safety.
Emmuska Orczy was born in Tarnaörs, Heves County, Hungary on September 23, 1865. She attended West London School of Art and Heatherley's School of Fine Art. Her first novel, The Emperor's Candlesticks, was published in 1899. Her other works include In Mary's Reign, The Scarlet Pimpernel, I Will Repay, Mam'zelle Guillotine, Lady Molly o...
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Title:The Scarlet PimpernelFormat:PaperbackPublished:August 6, 2002Publisher:Dover PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0486421228

ISBN - 13:9780486421223

Appropriate for ages: 11

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy I read the classic novel by Baroness Orczy and then watched the 1999 A&E six-part TV miniseries featuring Richard Grant and Elizabeth McGovern. Simply brilliant. Two words that sum up the novel. I cannot believe it has taken me so long to read this classic novel but it was absolutely wonderful. The only thing wrong with the novel is that it was too darn short! I mourned the ending of the adventure. There are sequels (and prequels) to the original story but I am content to have read just The Scarlet Pimpernel and no farther, which I will explain why in a bit more detail below. Orczy was brilliant at characterization...contrasting mannerisms and speech of characters from different strata of society in England and in France. The adventure is taut and rollicking and the longings of Percy and Marguerite wrap around your heart. Though short in length, the book has many nuances of emotion and thoughts by the characters, adding dimension to the story that is lacking in the film versions. For instance, in film versions it never comes across that Marguerite is an intellectual, as well as an actress, but that is how she is described by Baroness Orczy. I think the miniseries is enjoyable in the context of the events of the French Revolution, though I venture the miniseries is not entirely accurate. As to staying true to the plot and relationships in the novel, the miniseries takes many, many liberties, which I think is unfortunate. There are many surprising events happening, many of which I did not agree with, which has decided me not to continue to read any more novels in the series, to preserve my pleasure of The Scarlet Pimpernel novel. Now having read the book, gaining more understanding about the motivations of all the characters, I appreciate the story even more and rank it as one of my all time favourite story concepts. My favourite quote from the 1999 A&E TV miniseries is when Sir William Wetherby says to Percy, "More pimp than Pimpernel, what". I laughed hysterically...In the last episode Sir Percy plays at a bit of matchmaking... I have watched The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) many times, each time enjoying it as much as the first time. The 1934 version captures the intensity, fraught emotions and sweetness of love renewed imparted in the novel. So I highly recommend the novel by Baroness Orczy and The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) movie but only recommend the A&E TV miniseries (1999) version for those you interested in another perspective of the French Revolution and a bit of adventure. http://myobsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2011-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and Refreshing The Scarlet Pimpernel was simply a great, enjoyable, simple read. It can be read anywhere anytime and once you get into it, you will not be able to put it down. Two thumbs up.
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cool book it was really interesting book with a lot of action and suspense. i look forward to reading the next books.
Date published: 1999-11-28