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The Scarlet Pimpernel Paperback – January 3, 2011
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I've noticed in other reviews that people complain about the book starting out slow or gruesome or whatever. I don't remember noticing this myself, but I think any book worth reading can take a little patience in parts. Just let yourself absorb the story and give the author a chance. Don't spoil the book by watching the movies first. It's more fun to see the mystery unfold in all its subtleties and intensity in the book first.
The book follows the adventures of Sir Percy Blakeney as he seeks to help French aristocrats escape the guillotine during the French Revolution. Since official English policy forbids this, Blakeney adopts a masked identity as the Scarlet Pimpernel to remain anonymous. The French, of course, detest this interference in their affairs and set out to trap and kill the Pimpernel at all costs. As part of his effort to deflect suspicion from himself, he plays the fool in every day life and he does it well. His own wife considers him a useless fop... and that's where the story really gets interesting.
I won't give away more of the plot, but she ends up following him into danger in an attempt to save him. This allows the most suspenseful section of the book to be told from Mrs. Blakeney's perspective. Her terror for her husband's fate is pure and adds to the tension considerably. If we saw it through the Pimpernel's eyes, it would doubtless be far more composed and nowhere near as suspenseful.
In closing, The Scarlet Pimpernel is well worth buying. It's laugh out loud funny, suspenseful, romantic, and generally quite a page-turner.
If you enjoy the book, there is a musical with an amazing soundtrack by the same name.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is an Englishman who leads a group saving the lives of French Aristocrats who are being systematically hunted down and killed in a French revolution. His identity is secret and he is really putting egg on the face of the revolutionaries so they attempt to find him through the aid of the expatriot Marguerite St. Just, now Lady Blakeney and the head of society in England. The plot comes into full throttle when she puts them on the trail of the Pimpernel only to discover afterwards the identity of the Pimpernel herself. The race is on. Will they find and kill the Pimpernel before she can find and save him?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this was the original Scarlet Pimpernel but it is a sequel. Was a little disappointed.Published 7 days ago by R. E. Jackson
An excellent work concerning the French Revolution and its bloody wake of nobility, full of the intrigue provided by the shadowy character of the Scarlet Pimpernel, the savior of... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Zachary Damm
An interesting look into the characters involved in the French Revolution. A real swash-buckling hero and love story combined.Published 16 days ago by mamap
It brought back childhood memories and the delight of witnessing the Scarlet Pimpernel's successes against the terror of the revolution. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Socrates
As in the case of all the Scarlet Pimpernel books, a thoroughly enjoyable read from Baroness Orczy!Published 3 months ago by D. Mendis