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The Scarlet Pimpernel (Dover Thrift Editions)

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ISBN13: 9780486421223
ISBN10: 0486421228
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By 1792, the idealism of the French Revolution has degenerated into a Reign of Terror. Ruthless mobs rule the streets of Paris, and each day, hundreds of royalists are sacrificed to the guillotine, with hundreds more condemned to follow. Their only hope lies in rescue by the Scarlet Pimpernel, the daring leader of an English faction that spirits aristocrats across the Channel to safety. This historical adventure tale first appeared in 1905, but its irresistible blend of romance, intrigue, and suspense renders it timeless. Readers thrill to the gallantry of the Pimpernel, whose nom de guerre derives from the wildflower he employs as a calling card. A scourge to the French authorities, the Pimpernel is the darling of the people and#8212; particularly Marguerite Blakeney, who scorns her foppish husband, Sir Percy, as ardently as she admires the Pimpernel. The basis of a classic film, this ever-popular story has recently been adapted as a musical, to the delight of Broadway audiences.

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Timeless adventure recalls the terror following the French Revolution when hundreds were condemned to face the guillotine daily and#151; with their only hope a courageous leader who spirited aristocrats across the Channeland#160;to safety.

Synopsis:

An irresistible blend of romance, intrigue, and suspense, this timeless historical adventure recalls the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution, when ruthless mobs ruled the streets of Paris and hundreds of royals were condemned to face the guillotine each day. The only hope of many was a courageous leader who spirited aristocrats across the Channel to England and safety. Known by the name of the wildflower he leaves as a calling card, the Pimpernel becomes the darling of the people and is particularly admired by Marguerite Blakeney, who scorns her foppish husband as ardently as she esteems this gallant hero.

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egogrif, August 15, 2011 (view all comments by egogrif)
I had to go find this book after watching (and falling in love with) both of the major film version. The source material did not disappoint. It's a very light and light-hearted story, despite taking place during the dark times of the French Revolution, when so many French aristocrats, including children, met their end beneath the blade of Madame Guillotine. Baroness Orczy doesn't dwell on this, but uses it as the backdrop for her dashing and carefree English hero, the Scarlet Pimpernel. I loved the book's peculiar lexicon, particularly its late 18th century "oaths," and before long couldn't help thinking "Zounds!" or "Odd's life!" as I went about my day. The characters are not especially deep, except for Marguerite, but the story is charming and unpredictable. As soon as I reached the end, I had to go back and reread certain sections just for the enjoyment of them. A fun book set during the Reign of Terror? Yes, it's possible!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486421223
Author:
Orczy, Emmuska Orczy
Author:
Orczy, Emmuska Orczy
Author:
Orczy, Emmuska Baroness
Author:
Orczy, Baroness
Author:
Orczy, Emmuska
Author:
Dover Thrift Editions
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
France
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Nobility
Subject:
British
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Blakeney, Percy, Sir
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
none
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.4 lb
Age Level:
from 11

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Timeless adventure recalls the terror following the French Revolution when hundreds were condemned to face the guillotine daily and#151; with their only hope a courageous leader who spirited aristocrats across the Channeland#160;to safety.
"Synopsis" by ,
An irresistible blend of romance, intrigue, and suspense, this timeless historical adventure recalls the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution, when ruthless mobs ruled the streets of Paris and hundreds of royals were condemned to face the guillotine each day. The only hope of many was a courageous leader who spirited aristocrats across the Channel to England and safety. Known by the name of the wildflower he leaves as a calling card, the Pimpernel becomes the darling of the people and is particularly admired by Marguerite Blakeney, who scorns her foppish husband as ardently as she esteems this gallant hero.
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