The Scarlet Pimpernel Author:Emmuska 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 SCARLET PIMPERNEL is a classic, partly because it is a precursor to the super-hero genre. Like Superman, our hero has his mild-mannered Clark Kent facade, which fools most people around him, including his young and pretty wife.
The Scarlet Pimpernel's heroics take place during the French Revolution, and he saves many people from blood-thirsty radicals---those who feel that 'The only good opponent is a dead one, and we might as well kill his wife and all his kids as long as we're at it.'
The pace of the writing style is a little slower than contemporary novels, but the Baroness still tells some darn good stories!
This book was first published in 1905. This classic is an irresistible novel of love and adventure. This is one book everyone should read. A classic for good reason. This one I love to read at the beach.
I loved this book. It is a classical tale of a British Lord who has a secret identity, that of the most elusive Scarlet Pimpernel. Originally assigned as a high school reading assignment for English class, this is one that I have come back to over and over again. Now, I have replaced my paperback version with a nice hardcover version so it will have a place of honor on my library shelves.