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The Scarlet Pimpernel (Barnes & Noble Classics) (original: 1905; edição: 2005)

de Baroness Orczy (Autor)

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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 almost 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."… (mais)
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Título:The Scarlet Pimpernel (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Autores:Baroness Orczy (Autor)
Informação:Barnes & Noble Classics (2005), Edition: Illustrated, 304 pages
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This is considered a classic in some circles. And it may fit some definitions of that genre. I have wanted to read it for sometime, but now that I have read it, it doesn't live up to the expectations that the hype gave me. The plot twists were obvious, the end was certain (given the historical period). I did like it but it was suspenseful only because I had to wait for what I knew was coming. I guess it played on my impatiences more than it did on sense of suspense. ( )
  GlenRH | Jul 26, 2021 |
I loved this book for many years (see my other record for it); but having reread it, I now see it as a soppy romance novel, told from Margaruite's point of view, and not the swashbuckler I had remembered it as. ( )
  raizel | Jul 21, 2021 |
Summary: An adventure set in Revolutionary France as a secret league led by the Scarlet Pimpernel rescues prisoners headed to the guillotine as a French agent ruthlessly seeks to track him down.

It’s 1792 in Revolutionary France. Day after day the aristocracy is going to the guillotine. All it takes is the denunciation of a citizen. The whole story of the Scarlet Pimpernel centers around one aristocrat family denounced by the beautiful French actress, Marguerite St. Just. The Marquis de St. Cyr had beaten her brother Armand for his interest in the Marquis’s daughter Suzanne. Marguerite’s denunciation sent them to prison, awaiting execution.

Except. They have the fortune to be rescued by the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, so named for the little flower that appeared on the dispatches of the leader of this secret society. The St. Cyrs make it through the barricades secreted in a wagon driven by an old hag, one of the disguises used by the Pimpernel himself, known for accomplishing impossible rescues.

Marguerite has done well for herself, marrying a wealthy English baronet, Sir Percy Blakeney. He is a fun-loving fop of a man and they make a dashing couple. Then, they encounter Suzanne and her mother and brother at a coastal inn, and Marguerite is shunned by them for her role in denouncing them to the French. This knowledge creates an estrangement between Marguerite and Percy, who looks down at her for betraying the St. Cyrs, although he remains unfailingly courteous.

Enter the French agent Chauvelin, who follows the refugees to England, determined to find the Scarlet Pimpernel. From papers on two league members, he discovers that Marguerite’s brother Armand is part of the League and has gone back to Paris to assist in the rescue of the Marquis de St. Cyr. He uses this and Marguerite’s privileged access to English society to pressure her to help him discover the Scarlet Pimpernel to save Armand. She detests him but reluctantly agrees, only discover that the information points to someone else very close to her, who she had least suspected!

The climax takes her back to France to warn off the Pimpernel, only to fall into Chauvelin’s grasp, even as he tightens the cordon on the Pimpernel himself. I’ll leave you to discover how things end.

This is a classic adventure story for both youth and adults and made a diverting summer vacation read. Chauvelin is the classic villain and the Scarlet Pimpernel the classic swashbuckling hero. The characters are stereotypes and the writing can be overblown at times, yet in the end this was a satisfying and engaging read. Baroness Orczy tells a great story! ( )
  BobonBooks | Jul 19, 2021 |
This was a story my Mother read/told me in my childhood. One of her favorites. Only a faded outline of the story remained in memory but name Scarlet Pimpernal was always there.

The story pulled me into it once I started and there was no stopping until it was over. It's a great story with suspense, romance and action set during the "reign of terror" in France. ( )
  nitins | Jul 17, 2021 |
The French Revolution is at the height of its fury. Daily, hundreds of aristocratic heads fall from the guillotine. Emotions run high, and anyone suspected of sympathy toward the nobility is in mortal danger. Only one man is daring enough to lead a small band against popular opinion-the Scarlet Pimpernel. Using masterful disguises and clever strategies, the Scarlet Pimpernel smuggles noblemen and women from France to safety in England. His success is a thorn in the side of the Revolution. As he vanishes from each escapade, he leaves no trace behind except an image of the colorful flower that is his emblem. The Scarlet Pimpernel must be stopped at all costs. But who is he? This enduring classic is filled with wonderful layers of intrigue and dashing courage. ( )
  Gmomaj | May 17, 2021 |
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Orczy, Baronessautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Cosham, RalphNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Daly, NicholasEditorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Gheijn, Ed. van den, Jr.Tradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lindström, SigfridTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Mantel, HilaryIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Mauro, WalterIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Morin, Maria EugeniaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Musterd-de Haas, ElsEditorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Page, MichaelNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Penzler, OttoIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Perry, AnneIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Weller, LucyIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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 almost 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."

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