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Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)

von 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."… (mehr)
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Wonderful book!

The Scarlet Pimpernel (named after a small red flower that is his signature) is engaged in saving French loyalists from the guillotine during the French Revolution. Using disguises and cunning, the Scarlet Pimpernel performs these daring rescues right under the noses of the angry mob.

When he's not rescuing French loyalists, the Scarlet Pimpernel is mild-mannered, foppish, wealthy Sir Percy Blakeney. He disguises his activities by appearing to be utterly useless. So good is his disguise that even his own wife doesn't know his alter-identity.

This book is considered the proto-type for many heroes to follow: Zorro, Batman and others. It's been made into a few movies, and now I need to watch some of them! ( )
  sriddell | Aug 6, 2022 |
That one classic which retains a timeless edge though it has antiquated narration. Four stars. ( )
  Amarj33t_5ingh | Jul 8, 2022 |
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 |

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Orczy, BaronessHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Cosham, RalphErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Daly, NicholasHerausgeberCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Gheijn, Ed. van den, Jr.ÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Lindström, SigfridÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Mantel, HilaryEinführungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Mauro, WalterEinführungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Morin, Maria EugeniaÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Musterd-de Haas, ElsHerausgeberCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Page, MichaelErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Penzler, OttoEinführungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Perry, AnneEinführungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Weller, LucyIllustratorCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Wildschut, MarjoleinÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Zimmermann, WalterErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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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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