The Scarlet Pimpernel
by Emmuska Orczy
Genres: Classic, Historical Fiction
Format: eBook (204 pages)
Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.
The writing of The Scarlet Pimpernel hooked me from the first page. It was deliciously sarcastic and funny. I was having a grand old time until I noticed this pattern of the writing getting kind of repetative. See, the main character, Marguerite has to make a hard choice. I mean it’s a really hard choice. Did you know she has to make a hard choice? Since I haven’t mentioned it in 3 pages – she has to make a hard choice. Oh whoa is Marguerite! She has a choice to make! And it’s going to be so so hard!! Without all the repetition the plot of the story could have taken up half as many pages even though it’s still very short as it is at about 200 pages.
The thing I loved most about this book were the characters. Okay just one character. Sir Percy/Scarlet Pimpernel is such an interesting, vivid, and immediately likable character. It was so cool to see a hero win with wit and charm while wearing the latest fashions. I’m really pretty sure that Ironman takes after him.
Overall, the writing was witty and the characters were charming but the writing got a little repetitive at times.
Content Rating: None.
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