- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Signet (June 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451527976
- ISBN-13: 978-0451527974
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scaramouche Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2001
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About the Author
Rafael Sabatini (1875–1950) was born in Italy to two opera singers. He often joined his parents on their professional tours of Europe. In 1918, he became a British subject and worked for British Intelligence during World War I. He published his first novel, The Lovers of Yvonne, at the age of twenty-seven and continued to produce numerous historical novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, and biographies. Scaramouche was first published in 1921, followed by Captain Blood in 1922.
Gary Hoppenstand is a professor of American Studies at Michigan State University. He has published numerous articles and books on topics ranging from literature to popular culture, including Popular Fiction: An Anthology and In Search of the Paper Tiger.
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The plot is set in the time of the French Revolution. A. Moreau is a young attorney whose best friend is killed in a duel with a rich, feckless, cruel and amorous aristocrat,. The conflict between the two enemies makes this a revenge novel. Moreau escapes from his small village where he has been accused against sedition. He takes up with a troupe of traveling players becoming the character of Scaramouche ( a clown). He also serves as a delegate to the National Assembly of France and runs a dueling academy. He is love with two lovely women; one is an aristocrat and the other is an actress also being courted by Scaramouche's arch enemy.
The book is filled with escapes, irony, adventures and oratory calling on the French people to support the new French Republic and cast off the yoke of the monarchy in the form of Louis XVI. This novel is the most famous ever written by Sabatini and has become a classic. I have read and reread the novel several times and enjoy it. A good read!
It took a few decades for me to realize how accurately Sabatini nailed the beginnings, middle, and end of a revolution, any revolution. I used to think the United States kept itself immune to the kind of ferment, head-in-the-sand timidity, and pandering to the mob that characterize revolution, and was thus immune from the rage and despotism and dark age that follows. Now I only hope we are.
Romance and derring-do; sly humor and vivid description; assumption he has an educated reader; enlightenment of the uneducated. Never boring. Sabatini.