Castles in the Air
Emmuska Orczy
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Castles in the Air

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Short story collection.

Mr. Hector Ratichon-onetime aide to Robespierre and confidant of Napoleon Bonaparte-is a rascal and rogue of the highest order. Nevertheless, his service to France and his resulting adventures make entertaining reading.
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published 2008 (first published 1921)
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"Castles in the Air" does not compare with the wit and intrigue of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" or "The Elusive Pimpernel;" nevertheless, the Baroness managed to maintain my attention—if not exactly excite my interest—throughout the story.
Perry Whitford
Meet Hector Ratichon, 'agent confidentiel' in early 19th century France and an opportunistic rogue if ever there was one. Unscrupulous and self-important, prone to referring to himself in the puffed-up third person ('for I, Hector Ratichon, argus-eyed, was on the watch', 'I—Hector Ratichon, the confidant of kings, the benefactor of the oppressed' etc), he wants to tell you some stories from his life of shameless connivance.
And humorous stories they are too, tales of stolen documents ('A Roland F...more
Julie Davis
A memoir of the adventures of Ratichon, a self-styled confidant of kings and emperors during the Napoleonic era. This is a short story collection of Ratichon's amusing adventures while helping those high in society solve their problems.

Most of the Orczy books I've read (well the only two I've read ... The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Old Man in the Corner) have been serious adventures. This book is quite humorous, in a gentle way.

Not my favorite among Orczy's books but still a gem in...more
I love how Ratichon points out the flaws in others even though he exemplifies the flaw ten times more than the person he blames. The protagonist makes this novel: a truly awesome caricature of self-serving greed.
Emmuska Orczy is the author of the Scarlet Pimpernel books. I love those books and I enjoyed this one also.
Castles in the Air consists of several entertaining short stories introducing Hector Ratichon, a volunteer police agent (or as he sometimes introduces himself - a private inquiry and confidential agent). In today's terms - we would probably consider him a somewhat deft con man – but one who is also extraordinarily naive when it comes to beautiful women.
This is a collection of stories all with the same main character. They are amusing and fun. A quick light read.
Enjoyable short stories recalling the adventures of an early 19th century French rogue. Quite the character.
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Full name: Emma ("Emmuska") Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála 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 c...more
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