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  • Aug 6, 2010


     This book has been my favorite since I first cracked it open as a young teen. The emotions are varied, there's excitment, drama, romance, action, adventure and even comedy. I always find it vastly entertaining, even now as an adult, and always look forward to reading it. When I was adding books to my personal library, I looked for this one specifically, as it never fails to impress. 
     I recomment this book to anyone who enjoys reading. It will surely capture your attention and keep you entertained and mesmerized. After you've finished you will want to give a copy to all your friends so they too can enjoy this book.
    Set during the Revolotion period of France (you all remember that fun guillotine period right?) The rich backdrop is perfect for this tale of suspence. Every word brings forth rich imagery from the era and transports you back in time. You can picture the dark woods, carriages pounding over dirt roads, ladies in rich gowns and gentlemen in daper suits. 
     An Elusive figure is haunting the revolutionary, a daring adventurer/spy has been stealing away those sentenced to death, and smuggling them out of France. His daring and skill have long frustrated those sent to capture him, and as he cleverly outwits and manuvers through dangerous Paris, the reader is brought along for the ride. 
     I won't tell you too much of the storyline, as I think you should be surprised and enthralled at every page turn. 
    If you enjoy clever writing, well thought out plots, rich historical settings, and witty banter, not to mention just enough romance to make you smile, and plenty of hair-raising adventure, then this book is for you. I insist that you sit down at once and I would say you should read it all in one setting, but I really don't have to, you won't be able to put this book down!

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August 12, 2010
I love your description of this book and plot! It sounds like the perfect combination of history, romance, and adventure. THanks for sharing.
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The Scarlet Pimpernel by Barones Emmuska Orczy is her best work, and one of the greatest works of literature I have had the privelege to read.  While incorporating elements of all gneres--action/adventure, poetry, drama, comedy, tragedy, more--it remains a simple story of a girl and her rise above sadness to new hope.      I hope to pass this book along to many children as they grow, providing the same loveliness in their hearts that I felt when I finished reading it for …
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The Scarlet Pimpernel is a classic play and adventure novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution. It was first produced as a record-breaking play in an adaptation by Julia Neilson and Fred Terry.

The play first opened on 15 October 1903 at Nottingham's Theatre Royal; it was not a success. But Terry had confidence in the play and, with a rewritten last act, he took it to London where it opened at the New Theatre on 5 January 1905. The standing ovation of the first night audience proved him right, but the critics were unimpressed. The London critics criticized it as old-fashioned. Despite that, the play became a popular success. It began a run of 122 performances and numerous revivals, becoming a favourite of the London audiences - playing more than 2000 performances, one of the most popular shows ever staged in an English theatre.

The novel was published soon after the play's opening and was an immediate success. Orczy gained a following of readers in England and throughout the world. With the demand high, she wrote a number of sequels over the next 35 years.

The success of The Scarlet Pimpernel, in novel and play form, allowed Orczy and her husband to live out their lives in luxury and comfort. Over the years, they lived on an estate in Kent, a bustling London home and an opulent villa in Monte Carlo. Orczy continued to create adventures for her "reckless daredevil" and watch his incarnations take life ...
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ISBN-10: 1606801422
ISBN-13: 978-1606801420
Author: Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Genre: Adventure, Historical novel
Date Published: 1905
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