I love the story of The Scarlet Pimpernel. I've seen both movies -- the one starring Leslie Howard, and the one starring Anthony Andrews, and I'll admit that the latter is my favorite. Naturally, I had to read the orginal book that inspired these great movies, and I'm surprised it took me this long to do it.
The Scarlet Pimpernel was written by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, and was published in 1905. The writing style and narritive language is late nineteeth century, and the author uses third-person omniscient POV as was popular at that time. As a teenager, I was reading Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare for fun as well as school, so the different culture of the novel didn't keep me from enjoying it.
I'll give it 4 stars. If you can enjoy a novel written in the style of the late nineteenth century, and like a good humor-filled adventure, you'll enjoy this forerunner of the disguised superhero. The kindle version is currently free at Amazon here.
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