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!
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.
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.
A fun, light read. Writing-wise, I wasn't sure exactly why this was considered a classic, but apparently it's a precursor to the superhero genre.