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Paris in July, 2023 - The Elusive Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Many years ago I saw, and loved, the tv-series with Anthony Andrews as the Scarlet Pimpernel and Jane Seymour as Marguerite St. Just. It was with great anticipation that I finally read the book. I had heard good words about it, but one never knows. I realised when I started the book (there was no information about the original titel) that it was not the first book. After some research, I found that the original title is The Elusive Pimpernel, the second book in the series (originally from 1908).



It was a great read. I was surprised by the easy going writing, the characterisation, the descriptions of the aristocratic surrounding, and the political situation in France. We come straight into the action and the scheme planned by Chauvelin to capture the Scarlet Pimpernel. Chauvelin travels to England to try to lure the Scarlet Pimpernel into France. The plot is initiated through his wife Marguerite and she soon finds herself in a situation where she has been fooled into luring her husband to travel to France.


As he is heading for France, well aware of the dangers, she decides to travel there herself to try to help him. This leads her into an even bigger trap and she sees no way out for herself, or for him. As the plot thickens, as a reader, you really don't understand how they will get out of this troubles. It is very exciting as the grip on both of them tightens, and there is a matter of their lives or the lives of the citizens of Boulogne.


It is a great story and so exciting that it is difficult to put the book down. Baroness Orczy is slowly building up the story, and then it speeds up as we are nearing the end. I don't think I am spoiling anything if I say they manage to get out of their troubles, but it is quite a surprise how the author, in just a few pages, let us face the ending. And what an ending. Although more than 100 years old it still feels fresh to read, and is a traditional adventure story that we seldom see today.

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ゲスト
2023年7月08日

I have always found the Scarlet Pimpernel story completely fascinating! It's nice to be reminded of the books. Marg @ The Intrepid Reader

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thecontentreader
thecontentreader
2023年7月16日
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Yes, it was a nice reminder. Although this story was not included in the tv-film so it was another treat. Still felt so fresh.

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Debbie Nance
Debbie Nance
2023年7月07日

I didn't know about the series, but I enjoyed the first book very much.

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thecontentreader
thecontentreader
2023年7月07日
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I expected it to be the first book when I started, but realised that it was at a later stage. The stage when the revolutionaries have found out who he is. Still, very enjoyable. This might be the last book in the series.

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ゲスト
2023年7月07日

I just looked it up, and it seems that the books are actually a follow-on to a series of successful stage plays around the turn of the 20th century. I think I have seen the film with Leslie Howard, and I think I've read the first book, but it was long ago.

Nice to be reminded... thanks!

best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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thecontentreader
thecontentreader
2023年7月07日
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Yes, there seem to be several books on this adventurer. So nice with an old fashion adventure book, and it was an easy read.

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ゲスト
2023年7月07日

So glad you read and enjoyed it. I was very impressed by book 1, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and I don't know many historical novels where the monarchy are the good guys at the time of the French Revolution. I was tempted to try next book in the series, but lots of reviewers are saying it's not that good. Good to know that book 4 is really good. Emma @ Words And Peace

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thecontentreader
thecontentreader
2023年7月07日
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Ah, this is book 4. I read it in Swedish, and it is an old edition from 1954, and no information about original title, original copyright etc. I liked it, and am sure you would like it to too.

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