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Scaramouche Paperback – September 25, 2013
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This is a fast-moving story that sweeps the reader along through a series of surprising twists. Not least of those twists is Moreau's career as a member of a troop of Commedia Dell'Arte actors. Pursued by the police on a charge of sedition, Moreau persuades the troop to make him part of their company. Among them he assumes the role of Scaramouche, the cold, sly and glib trickster who manipulates the characters and the action without ever taking an active hand himself. It is a part Moreau finds singularly suited to his personality. It is also a role that, to some degree, he continues to play in all his subsequent careers.Read more ›
Scaramouche the character is so well developed by RS and I can not imagine anybody doing it in modern prose. It is a charming story made more so by the style of writing from the period.
There now, I really don't need to say anything else, do I, because you're already on your way to the library, aren't you.
Andre-Louis Moran may just be my favorite hero ever. Sorry, Teddy Lawrence and Gilbert Blythe and Rhett Butler and the two mentioned above and...all the rest.
Seriously, he's sarcastic, funny, nonchalant, laughing in the face of death, clever, rakishly brave...shall I go on?
The main female characters exasperated me, the plot intrigued me, and I accidentally learned a bit about the French Revolution along the way.
But the hero definitely made this book. (And yes, my husband thinks so too. Why do you ask?)
Set in France during the days of the Third Estate and the pending downfall of the monarchy, the story is told from an insider's perspective.
Andre-Louis's character manifests as Scaramouche, also as a fencing master and a politician and each facet of his career is cleverly portrayed.
"Scaramouche" is an excellent read marred only by the tangled romantic elements and, for me, a contrived but fairly predictable ending.
However, for anyone who has not read any of Sabatini's works, I would thoroughly recommend this book.
For those interested in the historical fiction genre, this is a wonderful book to add.
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My best friend was hooked on Sabatini in high school; I never understood it. Until now. This gentlemen is an EXCELLENT writer and story teller. Read morePublished 4 days ago by JTR
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one of those beautiful old books - was an easy read and gave me a lot of pleasure doing so.Published 7 months ago by E. osman
Of course it's old fashion--and that's part of its charm. It is a swashbuckling, colorful romp--a lot of adventurous fun. The right guy wins and gets the girl.Published 8 months ago by Sebastian Daniel
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