The Scarlet Pimpernel Author:Baroness Orczy The first and most successful in the Baroness’s series of books that feature Percy Blakeney, who leads a double life as an English fop and a swashbuckling rescuer of aristocrats, The Scarlet Pimpernel was the blueprint for what became known as the masked-avenger genre. As Anne Perry writes in her Introduction, the novel “has a... more »lmost reached its first centenary, and it is as vivid and appealing as ever because the plotting is perfect. It is a classic example of how to construct, pace, and conclude a plot ...
To rise on the crest of laughter without capsizing, to survive being written, rewritten, and reinterpreted by each generation, is the mark of a plot that is timeless and universal, even though it happens to be set in England and France of 1792.”
The classic tale of danger and intrigue during the French Revolution.
Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.
(For this ISBN number, the Anne Perry introduction is not included in the 1997 re-issue of the 1989 edition by Puffin. A brief biography on Baroness Orczy, including a history of the initial publishing of The Scarlet Pimpernel, is included.)« less
Although it is a bit hard to understand in places, I thought this was a wonderful book, with plenty of action, suspense, mystery, and intrigue. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of the series.