Friday, June 26, 2015

The Scarlet Pimpernel review

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

My rating: 4 stars rating: 4.4

(Mine doesn't have a cool cover like this!)

"We seek him here, we seek him there, those Frenchies seek him everywhere ..."

The daring Scarlet Pimpernel and his band of loyal men risk their lives outwitting French revolutionaries to rescue aristocrats, and their sympathizers, from the terrible fate of the guillotine!

The book is as fun as the movie, which I always enjoy (I own the 1982 version). You can't help but love the foppish, seemingly vain Sir Percy and despise the cold and vengeful Chauvelin. It is also a very cute romance between Sir Percy and his brave wife Marguerite (most of the story being in her perspective). The book differs some from the movie, especially near the end, but not so much as to estrange the two. Aside from lots of mild curse words of the time, the book is quite clean.

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