Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Scarlet Pimpernel ~ Baroness Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel is my favorite puffin classic yet! Very well written with a captivating plot, the book is difficult to put down. Be sure to get the complete and unabridged version.

It is the year 1792, the middle of the French Revolution, and numerous amounts of aristocrats are daily being captured and executed by the guillotine. Only one man and his courageous band of followers have the gumption to stand against the French government and cunningly whisk the aristocrats from beneath the government's blade. Known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, his identity is the toast of London.

But a merciless French agent known as Chauvelin swears he will not rest until he sees the Pimpernel dead.

The Scarlet Pimpernel is a most captivating tale of insane bravery, elusive love, and the ability of one man's actions to change the course of human emotions.

(There is also a very accurate account in the 1982 version of the movie 'The Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews, )

Violence: Non- graphic talk of the guillotine, a few fist fights, a man is whipped, altogether nothing the reader can't handle
Indecency: None, although the reader gets a negative picture of the relationship in a marriage but it is put to right
Language: The Londoners use the occasional word "demmed"
Age Interest: 14-adult
My Rating: 4 out of 5

1 comment:

Charity U said...

I LOVE this book! And the movie you mentioned is great too. I loved it and am eagerly waiting to watch it again after recently re-reading the book. (-: