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The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)

de Baroness Orczy

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The first and most successful in the Baroness's series of books that feature Percy Blakeney, who leads a double life as an English fop and a swashbuckling rescuer of aristocrats, "The Scarlet Pimpernel" was the blueprint for what became known as the masked-avenger genre. As Anne Perry writes in her Introduction, the novel "has almost reached its first centenary, and it is as vivid and appealing as ever because the plotting is perfect. It is a classic example of how to construct, pace, and conclude a plot. . . . To rise on the crest of laughter without capsizing, to survive being written, rewritten, and reinterpreted by each generation, is the mark of a plot that is timeless and universal, even though it happens to be set in England and France of 1792."… (més)
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A silly little story, but I enjoyed the Clever Hero in Disguise storyline. Amazing to think it was the first time it had been done. It's fun when the hero uses other people's prejudices against them (misogyny and antisemitism, in this case) ( )
  AlainaZ | Jun 5, 2022 |
I loved it! Highly enjoyable, although the character of Marguerite is a bit wimpy for my taste. Still, the device of following her around for very nearly the entire novel is genius. Its been a while since I enjoyed a book this much.

I suppose it is a tad predictable.in the back of your head you know the good guys will win, the fun part is what happens in between, in how they get there. Its an adventure, not a mystery or a thriller. I liked it very much. :) ( )
  Michael_J | Jun 2, 2022 |
The woefully small number on my "read - classics" shelf has increased by 1. While I've always known of The Scarlet Pimpernel as a character - an English spy - that is infamous for his daring rescues of French aristocrats, I don't think I ever really knew it was a book. I can offer up no reason or excuse for this, but thanks to my BookLikes friends, it's a lapse that has been corrected.

My copy of The Scarlet Pimpernel is a FOTL find from my recent vacation and the cover says it is part of the "The Best Mysteries of All Time" series. I wouldn't call this a mystery, though. It felt more like an early 1900's action-suspense novel to me. As a reader, was there ever really much doubt who The Scarlet Pimpernel was? But the intrigue, the manipulation, the threats, the warnings, the running, the escape... and the escapes! Lots of action and lots of suspense.

A lot of readers point to the florid writing and I agree, it is rather less er...modern than most books I've read that were written in the same time frame. But the story itself takes place during the French Revolution, so the writing didn't feel out of place to me and I didn't struggle at all with comprehension after the first page or so.

I won't pretend that I didn't have some confusion over Marguerite - I never quite got what the author wanted me to think about her 'wittiest woman in all of Europe'. There was a bit of bouncing between strong/weak, smart/dim, stoicism/over-wrought-female. But this was written over 100 years ago about a time over 150 years ago. I have no idea what women were like 150 years ago but I'm certain I'd not identify with them overmuch.

For me, it was the last few chapters that drove me away from a full five stars. Could everything that happened after the scene in the 'Chat Gris' been strung out any longer? I was beginning to feel like an over-wound spring; I found myself thinking "Oh just something HAPPEN already!! Gah!"

The story was great fun and I clearly see why it is still such a popular choice. It's a true classic and even though I've heard from everyone that the sequels just don't compare to this first, I find myself tempted to hunt one down to see what happens next. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 28, 2022 |
The novel’s protagonist, Sir Percy Blakeney, ostensibly a foppish English aristocrat, is secretly the Scarlet Pimpernel, a swashbuckling hero and elusive master of disguise who rescues French aristocrats and smuggles them out of France to safety during the French Revolution. His nemesis is Citizen Chauvelin, a ruthless agent of Robespierre. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Jan 19, 2022 |
I fell in love with the Scarlet Pimpernel when I watched Leslie Howard play him in the 1934 version. I've read the book before and loved the character, always imagining Leslie Howard as the Pimpernel. He played him so well.

I recently found out that Baroness Emmuska Orczy wrote 18 Pimpernel stories. She was quite the character herself and shines throughout the story. So, is the story about the Pimpernel? Or is the story about the woman who supports him? ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
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Orczy, Baronessautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Cosham, RalphNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Daly, NicholasEditorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gheijn, Ed. van den, Jr.Traductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lindström, SigfridTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mantel, HilaryIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mauro, WalterIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Morin, Maria EugeniaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Musterd-de Haas, ElsEditorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Page, MichaelNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Penzler, OttoIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Perry, AnneIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Weller, LucyIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Wildschut, MarjoleinTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Zimmermann, WalterNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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.
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We seek him here,
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Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in heaven? -
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That damned, elusive Pimpernel!
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The first and most successful in the Baroness's series of books that feature Percy Blakeney, who leads a double life as an English fop and a swashbuckling rescuer of aristocrats, "The Scarlet Pimpernel" was the blueprint for what became known as the masked-avenger genre. As Anne Perry writes in her Introduction, the novel "has almost reached its first centenary, and it is as vivid and appealing as ever because the plotting is perfect. It is a classic example of how to construct, pace, and conclude a plot. . . . To rise on the crest of laughter without capsizing, to survive being written, rewritten, and reinterpreted by each generation, is the mark of a plot that is timeless and universal, even though it happens to be set in England and France of 1792."

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