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The Scarlet Pimpernel Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
A great story of perhaps the original masked superhero!
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
excellent read and given a good insight into life during the french revolution and the guillotinePublished 2 months ago by Nathalie
I read this book when I was in senior school and really enjoyed it so I thought that I would read it again and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M & S Ogden
It is a classic and I have read it before, but I wanted to read it again. I also want my kids to read this one day.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read, the authors style of writing was better than I thought it was.Published 4 months ago by jane sweeting