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The Prisoner of Zenda (1894)

de Anthony Hope

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Séries: Ruritania (1)

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He has the appearance and manner of the king, yet he's really a lookalike ... and on his shoulders rests all hope of foiling a blackguard's plot to usurp the throne. Adventure, pageantry and royal intrigue are forged at sword point.
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I can't say I liked this book very much. The characters seemed flat for the most part, huge chunks of the story skipped (Rudolf and the princess falling in love is the most obvious one) but just as the characters started to become alive for me and reasonings began making sense, the book ended. I have to admit that it was the last chapter and a half that added the third star to my rating.

That said, the book is the product of its time; I should have known better what I was getting into. I haven't read a lot of Victorian end of the century novels and there is a reason for that. The style (misogyny especially is jarring) does not agree with me at all :/

SPOILER BElOW!!!



PS I will be reading [b:Rupert of Hentzau|54495|Rupert of Hentzau|Anthony Hope|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1170439665s/54495.jpg|2661175]. He is the most interesting piece of the puzzle in this book. If anything, I would like to know his motives behind joining Black Michael and playing the role in true King's liberation. ( )
  Mrella | Mar 8, 2021 |
Spoilers ahead! Oh my goodness...that ending! That beautiful, tragic ending. So bittersweet! I love a tragic romance.

"Is love all there is? Perhaps, for some, Fate lets it be."

Ah! Rudolf and Princess Flavia must part ways, because "Honour binds a woman too." Flavia goes on to marry the king, a man she doesn't love, and Rudolf must go back to England. This was such an emotionally satisfying ending. The catharsis! The two lovers never see each other again, and Rudolf sends her a rose every year, wrapped with a note that says, "Rudolf-Flavia-for ever."
I have not read such an incredible romance in ages. Not since Wuthering Heights have I read such a beautiful tragic romance.

But it's not just a romance, it's a great swashbuckling adventure story. All of the action scenes are both thrilling and hilarious. There's a real slapstick comedic edge to the dialog and all the fight scenes. A lot of the scenes have great situational irony too, like how Black Michael and his henchmen know Rudolf is an imposter, but none of them can say anything without revealing to everyone they have the actual king held hostage. Gah! So ironic and ridiculous.

This is a great read. I recommend it to anyone who loves pining, tragic romance between star-crossed lovers, and adventure stories full of humor and heart. ( )
1 vote Jyvur_Entropy | Jan 11, 2021 |
I was almost immediately reminded of [b:The 39 Steps|153492|The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay, #1)|John Buchan|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327974679s/153492.jpg|2422487] when I started this book. Both open with a 1st Person account of the protagonist lacking occupation and being idle just before the action begins and both betray unpleasant attitudes, too. Buchan's Hannay is much worse in this regard than Hope's Rudolf: Hannay is racist, sexist, Imperialist, arrogant and frankly unlikeable. Rudolf, however, makes one fairly mild sexist remark. There are differences, though: Hannay is bored of being idle whereas Rudolf would happily be idle for the rest of his life... None of this really matters beyond chapter one of either book, though. It's interesting to compare with Thomas Hardy. He was contemporary with both Hope and Buchan - but look at the views espoused about women, class, education and social mobility there! Perhaps the lesson is that 'frillers are not the place to look for advanced social attitudes. Because this is most definitely a Victorian 'friller!

Get through the first couple of chapters full of expository set-up and this fairly zips along and is far too short to get bogged down in. Adventure, romance, fictional European Kingdom, sword fights, tragedy...it's all here.

Great fun. I would gladly pick up the sequel... ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
I found this to be an enjoyable, quick classic read--indeed, an easy read for a book over a century in age. I watched the later silent movie based on the book last year and had that in mind as I read. The Prisoner of Zenda is a swashbuckling tale of courtly intrigue. Rupert is a young English noble and something of a cad. He decides to flit about Europe and visit the small kingdom that he counts in his own ancestry, courtesy of a scandal some years before. Only after arriving does he realize that his family likeness is downright bizarre--he looks just like the soon-to-be-coronated king! Of course, the king's half-brother kidnaps him, and royal loyalists ask Rupert to step in and complicate things enough that the evil dudes cannot take control. In the meantime, he and the king's lovely cousin Princess Flavia, the destined queen, fall in love.

This is definitely a manly-man kind of book. Rupert makes some outright silly, sexist statements, and none of the women in the book are really developed. That said, it's still a fun romp, and it's easy to see why Hollywood has enjoyed remaking it every couple decades. ( )
  ladycato | Apr 17, 2020 |
This was a good yarn. I may have seen the movie with my dad back many years ago. It' the classic "Ruritania" novel. It turns out, my dad's catch phrase—"The keys man the keys...but then God forgive me, I believe I struck a dead man in the face"—comes from this book. Anyway, it was an interesting story, and old-fashioned swash buckler, and even provided a few tidbits for thought: What would you do if you were a temporary stand in for someone else, and you fell in love with that person's intended, and she with you? ( )
  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
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Hope, Anthonyautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Gibson, Charles DanaIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
McCaig, IanArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Minter, AndyNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Roberts, S. C.Introduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Rosoman, LeonardIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Watkins, TonyEditorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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