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The Scarlet Pimpernel by [Orczy, Baroness]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

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Anyone who feels that their outward manner is but a travesty of their inner self can hardly fail to respond to THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (Independent)

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The classic bestselling adventure story is back in a stunning new package.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus (24 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00584H8YE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Saturnicus VINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a lovely book which has everything, and has stood the test of time. There is adventure, espionage, blackmail, intrigue and romance. It has atmosphere and tension, and you cannot help but to cheer on Marguerite as she persues her husband to save him from the vile Chauvelin. Delightful characters depicted with grace and charm, in keeping with the era. A thoroughly good read.
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Although most memorable for its portrayal of a group of aristocratic Englishmen rescuing their unfortunate counterparts from revolutionary France, The Scarlet Pimpernel is in essence a love story.

It is primarily told from the point of view of Marguerite St. Just, now married to Sir Percy Blakeney. Marguerite is French and through a misunderstanding between Percy and Marguerite shortly after they marry, Percy is left with the impression that Marguerite has betrayed some of her friends in France. Both Percy and Marguerite have come to believe that the love they once had has been lost.

The principal story is how Marguerite comes to learn that there is far more to her husband than she believed and how important their love for one another is. The secondary story of the Scarlet Pimpernel and his daring exploits is the one that we all remember. This is the story that brought us “They seek him here, they seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in Heaven or is he in hell, that demned elusive Pimpernel.”

An entertaining and enduring novel.
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Baroness Orczy's classic story set in 1792 during the French Revolution is about a band of valiant Englishmen under the leadership of a mysterious man whose unsurpassed grit, audacity and clever disguises would rescue the fortunate few aristos from the insatiable Madamme Guillotine.
Actor/Writer Hugh Laurie (Cousin Bette, Jeeves and Wooster, The Gun Seller), does rightful justice to The Scarlet Pimpernel as he brillantly brings this classic to life. With sharp characterizations of the villainous French agent Chauvelin; unerring shifts from foppish and inane to the cold, proud, passionate Sir Percy Blakeney and a dozen other characters, each with their own distinctive voices and accents, Laurie gives you the illusion of listening to a cast of superb readers. Thoroughly enjoyable! Drawback - it's abridged. Asset - The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel.
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Entertaining tale of the Scarlet Pimpernel, told from the point of view of intelligent but bored wife of Sir Percy Blakeney. Like most of London high society, she is in love with the dashing and mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel and fed up of her foolish dandy of a husband. Will she ever meet the Scarlet Pimpernel?

A great story of perhaps the original masked superhero!
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Baroness Orczy's stories of the English noblemen who made secret trips to France during the French Revolution were excellent in her own day and are still excellent reading. A master of disguise, he was sought by the French revolutionary police but he always out-willed them. His missions were to rescue those in danger of execution on the guillotine by the revolutionaries The. he returned to England and played the silly fop, so he was never suspected.

The stories are long since vanished from the shelves of local libraries. So hopefully, the e-books will enable other generations to enjoy them. The details of the stories give an excellent background knowledge of life in Britain and France at the time of the French Revolution. I will Repay is another book in the series.
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By A Customer on 11 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
The Scarlet Pimpernel has to be one of the seminal texts for the modern concepts of romance, swashbuckling adventure and excitement in a novel. Orczy has an obvious love not only of Percy but also of Marguerite and the League which makes the book a pleasure to read, although it does (of course) have its negative points as well.
The obvious thing to point out is that the book is hardly historically accurate - indeed she makes very little effort to make it so, for example not having even researched period costume and including some whimsical chronology! Her love for the characters, and consequential hate of the revolutionaries and in particular Chavelin, can also be a little tiring as it lacks psychological depth (if you want to see Chavelin being portrayed well watch the marvellous 1982 production where Ian McKellan makes him incredibly deep and intricate). The Baroness' writing style can also be a little tired and cliched from time to time.
None the less, this is a fantastic book. Sir Percy in particular is a deep character, and appearance and reality is (peraps unintentionally) expolored well in the text. Besides, the estrangement of Percy and Marguerite always brings lump to my throat. If you want some light and exciting reading this is the book for you - perfect for holidays and literary critiques!
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Format: Paperback
This story must rank alongside some of the all time greats of british literature. The story of how a woman unwittingly becomes involved in her husband's secret life of espionage is timeless (if you don't believe me, watch 'true lies'). Orczy's style is gripping, if a little melodramatic, but she is hampered by the restraints of prudish Victorian/Edwardian morals. Some of the less constrained sequels to this book contain endings worthy of Ian Fleming (although they were written some twenty years and more before the creation of James Bond). Indeed Orczy's 'hero with a secret identity' pre-dates Superman, Batman and even Zorro. Both the author and her characters were definately ahead of their time and it is a shame that they are so often neglected. This book will appeal to lovers of romantic, adventure or historical fiction. It is pure, unadulterated escapism.
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