The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel 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

  • Title: The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Author: Emmuska Orczy
  • ISBN: 9780812966114
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 asThe 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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  • Emmuska Orczy

    Full name Emma Emmuska Magdolna Roz lia M ria Jozefa Borb la Orczy de Orczi was a Hungarian British novelist, best remembered as the author of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL 1905 Baroness Orczy s sequels to the novel were less successful She was also an artist, and her works were exhibited at the Royal Academy, London Her first venture into fiction was with crime stories Among her most popular characters was The Old Man in the Corner, who was featured in a series of twelve British movies from 1924, starring Rolf Leslie.Baroness Emmuska Orczy was born in Tarna rs, Hungary, as the only daughter of Baron Felix Orczy, a noted composer and conductor, and his wife Emma Her father was a friend of such composers as Wagner, Liszt, and Gounod Orczy moved with her parents from Budapest to Brussels and then to London, learning to speak English at the age of fifteen She was educated in convent schools in Brussels and Paris In London she studied at the West London School of Art Orczy married in 1894 Montague Barstow, whom she had met while studying at the Heatherby School of Art Together they started to produce book and magazine illustrations and published an edition of Hungarian folktales.Orczy s first detective stories appeared in magazines As a writer she became famous in 1903 with the stage version of the Scarlet Pimpernel.


  • Here's my new and improved title for this bookThe Scarlet Pimpernel: A Classic That Doesn't Suck Sweaty Balls.I can't usually make it through classic literature. Does this make me a bad person? I think not.There are manymanymany other things I do on a daily basis that make me a bad person, but not being able to force myself to read (in my opinion) outdated and overrated books is not one of them.There are other readers out there like me, I'm sure of it! And it's you guys that I'm talking to now.R [...]

  • Odd's Fish ! Is this book an action adventure, a romance, historical fiction?Baroness Orczy has provided us with all that. Tis a fun romp, I say. Had I known how much of this story was romance, I might not have read it but then I would have missed out on how good an all round story it really is.Baroness Orczy was a playwright and this book was adapted into a play or the play was adapted into the book. I know not which was first. It does have it's faults but still deserving of it's place in liter [...]

  • I've always had a thing for books that use the Scarlet Pimpernel trope: the intelligent, capable person who hides behind a mask of inanity. So Emma Orczy gets extra points from me for popularizing this secret identity plot device in her 1905 book The Scarlet Pimpernel.It's 1792, the early days of the French Revolution, and the Reign of Terror is at its peak: thousands of French aristocrats, men, women and children, are sent to the guillotine, regardless of actual fault. But a group of brave Engl [...]

  • “A surging, seething murmuring crowd, of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate.”- The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness OrczyIt’s been too long since I last enjoyed a classic novel and I was beginning to fear that I was falling out of love with my favourite genre. Well, I found the remedy with “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” What a lot of fun!The French Revolution is one of [...]

  • ★★★★★★★★★☆[9/10]Ah, classic.How I had always imagined that the classics are only for those who are born, brought up, spoon-fed in and potty-trained in English and how wrong was I to think that they are out of the reach of people like me who had only subnormal command over the English language. Among many other popular authors of the classic era, Emmuska Orczy was a name much bandied about for her magnum opus, "The Scarlet Pimpernel" , even during my school days. I can't quite [...]

  • If, like me, you watched the movie more times than you'd care to admit when you were growing up; or if, like me, you've read all of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances and then some, you'll love this book. It doesn't pretend to be anything extraordinary, it doesn't even offer a social commentary on the period in which it's set - written by an aristocrat who is clearly on the side of the aristocrats, it's easy to see where her sympathies lie. But it is a rollicking good ride, a fun adventure story [...]

  • Okay, I read this for exactly two reasons: one, I thought this book was on The List (it's not); and two, the Scarlet Pimpernel is the inspiration for the Bruce Wayne/Batman dichotomy and I am a giant dork. For a book about a secret team of English nobleman working to rescue French nobles from the scary revolutionists who want them dead, this is a surprisingly unexciting book. The pace is fast, and there's plenty of spying and blackmailing and races against time, but there isn't a single fistfigh [...]

  • This novel is set in 1792 in England and France during the French Revolution's "Reign of Terror". In spite of the time and seriousness of these events, the novel doesn't take itself too seriously. Baroness Orczy wasn't trying to be political or make a statement, she was just trying to write a good story. What she wrote was a rollicking bit of a mystery/adventure/intrigue that was (for me) surprisingly good. The story is about an unknown, but gallant, Englishman and his secret band of followers w [...]

  • Melodrama all the rage when this was written so be prepared, it’s pretty silly. A fast easy read you can whip off in no time that’s a lot of fun. Odd’s fish but that Sir Percy is HIGHLY amusing!“The foppish ways, the affected movements, the perpetual inane laugh.”High intrigue will keep you turning those pages, and who can resist a guy named Pimpernel who runs around in various disguises rescuing people from having their heads lopped off? Loved him for “his marvellous audacity, the b [...]

  • When the guillotine dropped quickly, remorselessly, and often, there arose a mysterious Englishman, who crossed the channel, to rescue the French Aristocrats ( mostly innocent victims), he called himself, "The Scarlet Pimpernel" . Named after a modest, British flower, this person organized a band of twenty high-born men, he like the flower, was unpretentious . Their daring deeds, thrilled the world, Antoine Fouquier-Tinville, director of the French government, wants to capture these enemies. Off [...]

  • Rick Flair talks about The Scarlet Pimpernel.WHOOOOOOOAAAAA!LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHIN, BROTHER, THIS IS ONE BAD MAMMA JAMMA OF A BOOK, YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYIN??Let me step it down a notch for you literary librarian types and let me pose a question: was the Scarlet Pimpernel the first masked superhero? I mean I’m thinkin about Batman, Green Hornet, The Shadow – right? All those cats had a hidden identity and they had their crime fightin side too. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYIN??? The Stylin', pro [...]

  • I have to admit, I just fell for the title of this book, The Scarlet Pimpernel just sounds like fun:-) As it happens, the story lives up to expectations. Set in the eighteenth century, the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel is a notoriously secretive Englishman, who rescues French royals from the guillotine. The story is told from the point of view of Marguerite, a French woman married to an English aristocrat, Percy Blakeney. Her marriage is unhappy, because her husband is ignoring her after having d [...]

  • I loved this book. It is so much better than the movie. I love the movie too.but the book is so much richer in detail. The only reason I didn't go for a 5 is that I am a sentimental fool and I wanted to see more of the reconciliation of Percy and Marguerite. It ended so quickly. There was so much build up as Marguerite realizes her errors - and her loveat I wanted some more resolution there. There were some good thoughts that I really related to says of Marguerite ".e, too, had worn a mask in as [...]

  • The book was not what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a dark and bloody story of the French Revolution, but instead I was introduced to James Bond's great great grandfather. A good action story for the time it was written and of course it is who tries to saves the day. The story reads like an old movie serial, fast moving story line, likeable (and hate-able) characters all in the right places. Good read for a weekend.

  • They seek him here,They seek him there,Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.What fun! An old-fashioned rollicking romance, with dashing young cavaliers and twisted misunderstandings between lovers, set against the horrors of the French Reign of Terror. The Scarlet Pimpernel himself is slightly more daring and strong than his followers and clever enough to be an Oscar Wilde character.I admit to not being surprised by a single turn of the storyline. I suspect that I saw this in movie form back in m [...]

  • Whew, I flew through this one - I was definitely pulled in from page one. What I Liked:Ah - I do love the old style of writing. After slogging through some modern writers recently, opening this book was like slipping into warm and soothing water. Can we just talk about the POV? It seems that only old writers can do the removed POV and still have some much incredible emotional impact. The emotional impact was palpable; I was almost choking a couple of times with the realness of Marguerite's panic [...]

  • I’ve watched quite a few episodes of Scooby Doo, The Road Runner, and Looney Tunes in my time, so a lot of the twists and turns in this story were spoilered for me long before I started listening to this book. Also, for many years, after I first heard the title of this book in high school, I thought it was called The Scarlet Pumpernickel, which always sounded rather disgusting to me. Who wants their bread to be the color of blood? Not this girl. And I don’t even particularly care for normal- [...]

  • So boring. So boring.I read this weeks ago, and I've been waiting ever since for someone else in the group to come out with a great review. Something transformative. It would compare this to Radcliff and nineteenth-century opera and talk about modes of romanticism. Or it'd be one of those intensely personal reviews about a grimey, sweaty summer spent singing in the chorus line for a production of Pimpernel, and the backstage affair whose passions ebbed in counterpoint to the story. Or, I don't k [...]

  • Henry in his excellent review this morning reminded me of this super book I own. I have a Folio edition and these books are of first-class quality. The "mysterious" illustrations by Lucy Weller all add to the notion of intrigue in this novel. And finally with an introduction by Hilary Mantel, what could be better. A sentence that comes to mind as I browse through this book:"The Scarlet Pimpernel, mademoiselle, 'he said at last, 'is the name of a humble English wayside flower, but it is also the [...]

  • I read this book for the first time, almost 16 years back. It was part of those Reader's Digest compiled editions, which has three-four famous books across different genres. Since then, I think I must have consumed this story in all forms available-the book, the movie, the tele series, the audio play, audio book and still on a lookout for a version/medium that I haven't come across. YES. THAT IS HOW MUCH I LOVE THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL :)It was infact this book that introduced me to historical roma [...]

  • 5 STARS[image error]We seek him here, we seek him thereThose Frenchies seek him everywhereIs he in heaven? - Is he in hell?That demmed, elusive Pimpernel” All these years…. and I’m finally reading this! I’ve seen the movies, several of them over the years, and I finally broke down and read the book. And yes, as you would expect, it was so much better. Aren’t they all. If you’re not familiar with the story, The Scarlet Pimpernel is a wayside flower that proliferates Great Britain and [...]

  • Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála "Emmuska" Orczy de Orci, or Baroness Orczy as a pen name, was a Hungarian born-British novelist. She wrote the Scarlet Pimpernel in 1905 and her main protagonist- Sir Percy Blakeney, who is a wealthy noble fop of an Englishman but also a skilled swordsman and brave rescuer of French nobles from the Terror, is often looked at as the first hero with a "secret identity". Based on that intriguing concept and the fact this is one of those "classi [...]

  • I think The Scarlet Pimpernel has single-handedly rocketed itself into the top five of my favorite classics list. I. Love. This. Book.While reading it, I kept wondering why I hadn't read it sooner! It had been on my TBR for a while, and I was ecstatic upon the discovery that it was free in ebook form on . But everything else kept getting in the way of reading it it was always just a little too low in my priorities so I was glad when #AuthorBookClub on Twitter decided to read it this month, and g [...]

  • Look! What is that over there? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? *gasp* No! It's an old classic that is surprisingly very exciting and adventurous! It's The Scarlet Pimpernel!It’s 1792 and in the city of Paris the French Revolution is in full swing. Or better said, the guillotine is in full swing, because thousands of French aristocrats are dying faster than they can cry “Mon Dieu!” Their only hope is a group of brave English noblemen, led by the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel. Like an anti-Robin [...]

  • They seek him here, they seek him thereThose Frenchies seek him everywhereIs he in heaven or is he in hell?That damned elusive PimpernelThe Scarlet Pimpernel is a brilliant novel and fully deserves five stars pinned to its jacket for valour. I first read this astounding novel as part of a holiday classics read and helped inspire me to read more classic novels so brilliant is this novel.Few other novels contain the same mix of drama, action, romance and sheer character conflict as the Scarlet Pim [...]

  • This book was not what I thought it would be. Who'd of thought that swashbuckling would be superceeded by romance?! Would turn around and reread this in an instant.

  • I read this concurrently with Victoria Woolf's "Mrs Dalloway". Mrs D. has no plot to speak of -- its virtues are in the characterization and the writing. The Scarlet Pimpernel is the direct opposite - its whole point is the plot. The characters are more or less your generic swashbuckling regulars, and the writing ranges from tolerable to truly atrocious.But perhaps it's a little unfair to burden "The Scarlet Pimpernel" with exalted literary pretensions. First and foremost, it's an adventure stor [...]

  • Complicated characters. A married romance. DISGUISES. It’s like someone took my Christmas list and wrote me a book. Seriously! This story is soooo brilliant. Even though this time was a re-read, the suspense was still terrible. (I couldn’t even remember what happened when Pimpernel and Chauvelin were eating together at the inn!) I enjoyed the characters much more this time since I understood them. How could Sir Percy—”He, the sleepiest, dullest, most British Britisher that had ever set a [...]

  • i grew up on the classic black and white film with my father telling me about it again and again. now in my 40's i decided to read the novel, only to discover there are like 15 in the series--most not available in the usa, and they were written by a women. well, there in a scene that brought me to tears, not of sadness , but of heartache. the passage was a expression of such love between a man and a woman he might not see again-- i wept. i do not go to chick flicks ever, and i was cryingere othe [...]

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