The Scarlet Pimpernel– Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel– Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The bloody French Revolution is in full swing with over a hundred heads rolling each day. Aristos, men, women and children , are being rooted out left right and centre and making their way to Mademoiselle Guillotine to have their heads fitted for a wicker basket.

In the midst of this mortal peril, for nothing more than the sport of it, The mysterious and enigmatic Scarlet Pimpernel and his league have taken it upon themselves to liberate the unfortunates and spirit them off to England.

A woman is blackmailed and given the choice of betraying The Scarlet Pimpernel or her brother by an agent of the french government. As she struggles with this choice, and a startling revelation, hijinx ensue.

The Scarlet Pimpernel was written over 100 years ago and I have to say it shows. It is a great tale, no question, but when read today in the light of current fiction is found wanting.

Sophisticated plotting does not necessarily make a book better but in this case the simplistic sequence of events promised so much more. I found myself wanting plot turns and difficulties but none came. The Scarlet Pimpernel was ahead the whole way and consequently all my fingernails survived intact.

Recommended (if you are 10>

280 pages.

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