The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel

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Penguin Putnam
A timeless novel of adventure, intrigue, and romance is sparked by one man's defiance in the face of authority...

The year is 1792. The French Revolution, driven to excess by its own triumph, has turned into a reign of terror. Daily, tumbrels bearing new victims to the guillotine roll over the cobbled streets of Paris.… Thus the stage is set for one of the most enthralling novels of historical adventure ever written.
 
The mysterious figure known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, sworn to rescue helpless men, women, and children from their doom; his implacable foe, the French agent Chauvelin, relentlessly hunting him down; and lovely Marguerite Blakeney, a beautiful French exile married to an English lord and caught in a terrible conflict of loyalties—all play their parts in a suspenseful tale that ranges from the squalid slums of Paris to the aristocratic salons of London, from intrigue on a great English country estate to the final denouement on the cliffs of the French coast.
 
There have been many imitations of The Scarlet Pimpernel, but none has ever equaled its superb sense of color and drama and its irresistible gift of wonderfully romantic escape.

With an Introduction by Gary Hoppenstand

Baker & Taylor
This 100th anniversary edition of the timeless classic detailing the French Revolution follows the enigmatic "Scarlet Pimpernel" who confounds the new French regime with his exploits, leaving his calling card--a blood-red flower--wherever he strikes. Reprint.

Baker
& Taylor

A band of titled Englishmen, led by the Scarlet Pimpernel, assists condemned aristocrats in their escape to England during the Reign of Terror.

Publisher: New York and London : G.P. Putnam's sons, c 1974
ISBN: 9780451527622
0451527623
Branch Call Number: FICTION ORCZY
FICTION ORCZY
Characteristics: vi p., 1 l., 312 p. 19 1/2 cm

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jcosner13
May 09, 2017

An all-time favorite! Romance, adventure, danger, comedy -- it has it all!

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Radiant_Reader
Dec 09, 2016

Wonderfully sappy... Hubba, hubba! : )

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lukasevansherman
Aug 11, 2016

"We seek him here, we seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel."
I know this book primarily from an early 80s English adaptation starring Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, and, in one of his earliest roles, Ian McKellen. I always thought the book was French but Barones Orczy was actually a Hungarian-born English author. This began life as a very successful play and then turned into a series of novels. It's a potboiler and so entertaining, but a little silly and its pro-royals sentiments are off-putting to this American reader. Filmed multiple times. Not sure if he or Zorro came first, but they were among the first to have alter egos. Be sure not to accidentally pick up the blaxploitation take-off "The Scarlet Pimp."

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24x7Mom
Jun 13, 2015

Cute book. Captivates your attention and a spectacular ending.

ChrisBurr Jun 22, 2014

Fun and adventurous story. The style and prose can be a little difficult, although this could simply be due to the fact the book was written about one hundred years ago. Starts off slow, but builds nicely.

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kaiear
Sep 08, 2013

Romantic, historical, funny, and such a great plot. I've read it several times and will definitely read it again!

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Hannahvv
Jul 09, 2013

i love this bdododkdddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd

BeccaBB Mar 06, 2013

I am a fan of the masked hero type. Zorro and Batman and the like. So you might want to take what I say with a grain of salt because I think I was predisposed to like this novel. And I did like it. There are less of the heroic adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel here than you may expect. You hear about his breathless, selfless rescues more than you actually get to see them. A lot of the book is told from the point of view of Lady Blakeney so the reader stays in England with her instead of getting to go to France with the Scarlet Pimpernel. But you still get to hear how he fools the French and does all sorts of heroic things. I think the events hold more surprises for the characters than they do for the reader but I don't think that hurts the story. Sometimes the 'I just want to be able to die beside my beloved' emotion of Lady Blakeney gets to be a bit much. And I have to admit that I was getting tired of being told that she was ever so clever, even though at times she didn't act like it. Over all I really liked it. It is fun and exciting with some suspense and romance.

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julia_sedai
Jan 02, 2013

I absolutely love this book! I read it on vacation and couldn't put it down. It is full of mystery and romance. I recommend if you like this story to watch the 1982 movie version (the library doesn't have it). My husband also likes this book!

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hmcgivney
Dec 24, 2012

I was expecting a rollicking adventure, and received that for the first 2/3 or so. Then the story devolved somewhat into overwrought (and repetitive!) female waiting and suffering. I enjoyed the story, and that it was mainly told from Marguerite's point of view, but eventually this modern feminist reader rammed up against Orczy's unempowered, helpless "little woman" who must be rescued. I was just expecting Marguerite ("the cleverest woman in Europe") to be more active in saving the day.

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jane1817
May 22, 2014

"They seek him here, they seek him there
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere
Is he in heaven or is he in hell?
That damned elusive Pimpernel." - Baroness Orczy

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Geping
Apr 25, 2011

Before entering, she paused once again to look at him, hoping against hope to see his arms stretched out to her, and to hear his voice calling her back. But he had not moved; his massive figure looked the very personification of unbending pride [...] Hot tears again surged to her eyes[.] She turned quickly within, and ran as fast as she could up to her rooms. Had she but turned back then, and looked out once more [...] she would have seen [...] a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and his own despair. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love, and as soon as her light footsteps had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot had trodden, and the stone balustrade there, where her tiny hand had rested last.

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