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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; UK ed. edition (29 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141035838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141035833
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.3 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Rufus Wright's reading of the sequel, Rupert of Hentzau, centres on the villain of the earlier piece. Interestingly darker than Zenda, it draws a more complex picture of Rudolf and Rupert and raises ambiguous moral issues. Great escapist listening. --Christina Hardyment, The Times

Hope's first novel, The Prisoner of Zenda, set in his fictitious kingdom of Ruritania, was a Victorian bestseller. This equally exciting sequel presses all the topical royal romance buttons. Give it to Granny. --Sue Arnold, The Guardian --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Anthony Hope (pseudonym of Anthony Hope Hawkins) was born in London in 1863. While practicing law, Hope also experimented with creative writing, and he published his first novel, a political satire entitled A Man of Mark, at his own expense in 1890. With the publication of his most famous novel, The Prisoner of Zenda, in 1894, Hope abandoned his legal career to write full-time, penning the short story collection, The Heart of Princess Osra (1896), and the Zenda sequel, Rupert of Hentzau (1898). He died on July 8, 1933.

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At the end of the `Prisoner of Zenda', all was well in Ruritania. Black Michael was defeated and King Rudolph was restored to the throne and wedded to Princess Flavia. But Michael's co conspirator, the dashing Rupert of Hentzau had escaped, and what of the love Rudolph Rassendyll bore the Princess?

This book picks up the story some years later. The King is now a paranoid wreck, and Rupert is endlessly scheming to get his revenge. The theft of a letter between the Princess and and Rassendyll gives him the opening he needs, and once again Rassendyll must act to save the throne of Ruritania, and, more importantly, the woman he loves.

Re uniting the team of the loyal young Fritz von Tarlenheim, the stout and cunning Colonel Sapt and the resourceful Rudolph Rassendyll, pitted against the daring Rupert, this is another classic read. Full of romance, chases, fights, desperate missions against impossible odds and daring escapes, it's a nonstop action thriller. Hope once again writes with a clear narrative style that makes the characters live, and not mere plot devices. The action sequences are compellingly and clearly written, and leave one quite breathless with excitement.

As with `Prisoner of Zenda', this is a thoroughly gripping read, which will help get young readers interested in books, and appeal to older readers looking for a decent bit of escapism. A true original, I can't recommend this (and `Prisoner') highly enough.
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By Roman Clodia TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jun. 2010
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In the sequel to The Prisoner of Zenda, Rupert Rassendyll is forced back to Ruritania to save the honour of Queen Flavia - and to see her just one more time. First published in 1898 this is the boy's own adventure par excellence - full of deception, intrigue, unbridled villainy and undying honour.

Our favourite characters - Fritz, the wonderful Sapt - are brought back, not to mention the rather dashing Rupert himself who is a far better villain than Michael was in the first book.

Personally, unlike the other reviewers here, I found this slightly better than the original, since it feels tighter and with greater emotional depths than the first book. The zest and buoyancy of the first book is still present, but it has a darker and more elegiac tinge to it here. Recommended.
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Style - 4/5

Plot - 2/5

Readability- 4/5

Written from the point of view of Fritz von Tarlenheim rather than Rudolf Rassendyl as in The Prisoner of Zenda, it is interestingly structured. We see the return of all our old friends from the previous book and also, of course, the return of one of the most fascinatingly calculating villains in literature. Each scene is played out as we learn what happened next in each sub-plot from the people who witnessed the events. All the way through we are given teasing hints as to what will happen next. This is both a good thing and a bad thing as it makes us want to read on to find out if our ideas as to what happens next are correct, but also makes the story very predictable when we find out that we are indeed correct. Having said that there are some shocks along the way that I was simply unprepared for and didn't expect in the slightest. For me it was a thrilling book to read but was spoilt by the ending; not the way the ending was written but what actually happens at the end.
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I have got it but not read it yet. I look forward to reading it next month but am wary of giving my opinion as I was recently accused of being a spoiler by revealing too much of the plot of 'To Kill a Mocking Bird'.
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Three years on from the action described in The Prisoner of Zenda, and all is not well in Ruritania. The King's ordeal has left him in ill-health and more than a little paranoid. Queen Flavia yearns for her lost lover, Rudolf Rassendyll, and who can blame her when she sends him a letter via his loyal friend Fritz? But the letter is swooped on and intercepted by the evil Rupert of Henzau, waiting for his chance of revenge. Rudolf Rassendyll must again save the honour of the House of Elphberg, but this time at a real cost.

The sequel to Hope's more famous work does not have the simple swashbuckling appeal of The Prisoner of Zenda. Using Fritz von Tarlenheim as the narrator immediately signals that all may not end happily. I found the structure of the book, where each chapter is described in terms of reported events interesting, but this does lose some of the immediacy of the action. I did find, however, that tension is built up well.

The characterisation is excellent. We are given some more depth to characters who appear in the first book. Rudolf is the classic hero - brave, noble and resourceful, and you could not wish for a better villain than Rupert - calculating, audacious and devilishly handsome.

I can understand the disappointment expressed by other reviewers in terms of what happens. Without giving the plot away, my feeling was that, with the emphasis on honour, fate and destiny, that there was no other way out. And, at the end, I was still left wondering. What had Rudolf decided? And did he, in some way, influence his own fate?

Overall, I think that Rupert of Hentzau is well worth reading but potential readers should bear in mind that the tone is darker than The Prisoner of Zenda - the book and certainly the film adaptations.

Finally, I must say how much I love the design and production of all the Pengiun Red editions.
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