Try the film version instead,
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This review is from: The Prisoner of Zenda (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
This is a reasonably fun swashbuckling adventure story set for the most part in a mythical country called Ruritania. It is interesting to note that this wasn't originally intended as a boys' book but swiftly became one following publication. As with so many British romances from the Victorian period, it begins with a useless layabout in his twenties being impelled to action abroad by a female friend/relative. Of course, without spoiling the ending, he proves himself and finds love (of sorts). A book that plays with these themes in a witty and ironic, revisionist way, and which is much better for it, is Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World (1912). Tony Watkins, in his introduction to Zenda, quotes Jeffrey Richards' ecstatic praise for the film version of 1937; I would recommend this over the book.