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The scarlet pimpernel
Orczy, Emmuska Orczy
Adult Fiction ORCZY

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Hannah said:
"The Scarlet Pimpernel" is a fictional book which takes place in France around the time of the French Revolution in 1789. It is told mainly through the eyes of the wealthy French lady, Margarete, who is living in England and married to an English lord. At the same time, there is a mysterious man, called the Scarlet Pimpernel, who is rescuing men, women, and children from the guillotine and bringing them to safety in England. The main plot of the story, is that Margarete is blackmailed to help someone find out who the Scarlet Pimpernel is, if she fails, her only brother will be sent to the guillotine. This book is rich in description, mystery, and suspense. "The Scarlet Pimpernel" has an intriguing beginning and a thrilling conclusion. It is, without a doubt, a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction!
posted Jun 30, 2008 at 2:37PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
The Scarlet Pimpernel is, like the Three Musketeers and Zorro, a defender of truth and justice during a time of oppression—he’s just not quite as well known. But his story was a best-seller in its day and still makes for a swashbuckling good read. It is 1792, the beginning of the French Revolution and the reign of the bloody Guillotine. A secret society of Englishman has formed to save their French counterparts from the blade; their leader is a dashing masquerader known only as the Scarlet Pimpernel from the small red flower he leaves as his calling-card. But the Scarlet Pimpernel is in danger of betrayal from a beautiful woman. Marguerite St. Just is the wife of idiotic Englishman Percy Blakeney, and her heart has been captured by the daring exploits of the Pimpernel. Marguerite has also unintentionally sent one of her countryman to his death on the guillotine, and her brother is known to be in league with the Pimpernel. When the dastardly Citizen Chauvelin offers Marguerite her brother’s life in exchange for information about the secret society, the Scarlet Pimpernel will need all his wily ways to escape the evil clutches of the French and still save the day. Readers of this stirring tale will not be surprised to learn that the Scarlet Pimpernel, with his secret identity and daring deeds, was the blueprint for every masked avenger who came racing to the rescue later.
posted Jun 23, 2009 at 2:22PM
Avatar for pizza pizza said:
If you like guillotines, screaming mobs, an unbearably handsome husband, and high society England, then this book is for you! Especially if you are attracted even slightly to balls, intrigue, a masked hero, and a villainous villain. NOTE: Screaming mob may not be included. Pizza (TM) is not required to supply or procure a screaming mob to please angry readers. Pizza did not write this book. He/she only enjoyed it.
posted May 25, 2010 at 3:35PM
Avatar for bookanaconda bookanaconda said:
Nice one pizza, I agree with you about the book completely. B. Orzcy did a wonderful job, and I am looking forward to reading more books about this wonderfully elusive Pimpernel....
posted Jun 12, 2010 at 3:57PM
Avatar for A.E.C.M. A.E.C.M. said:
I saw the old movie starring Lesley Howard when I was younger, and I finally got around to reading the book. Not only were the characters well developed and the plot brillient, but the history was so well executed. I would recommend it. After all, it’s a classic for a reason.
posted Nov 27, 2011 at 8:36PM
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