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Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
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May 30, 11

bookshelves: early20th-centurylit, swashbuckling-is-hott
Read from May 20 to 30, 2011

You know you want to.


So most people recognize "Scaramouche" from Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, but the original story started in the 17th century in the Italian theater. You probably recognize him when you see him:



In Sabatini's story Andre-Louis Moreau witnesses the death of his best friend at the hands of a nasty aristocrat, and thus dedicates his life to taking down the mean ol bastard. Andre-Louis goes into hiding as - surprise! - Scaramouche in a traveling troupe. Then there's plenty of swashbuckling and excitement which all is quite swoon-worthy.

There's also a lot of French politics which started out to be interesting but eventually I just wanted more bloodshed because I'm wicked like that. I want my swashbuckling to be full of blood and Errol Flynn-types, not a diatribe against the aristocrats; it's like trying to watch a porn where there's too much dialogue. Who signed up for that?

Also Sabatini used the phrase "Name of a name!" more often than I felt was necessary. I'm not sure if it was the French equivalent to something like "Son of a beyotch!", but it was distracting and annoying after a while. I would have preferred the Shakespearean thumb-biting to that since Sabatini's really came across as a pansy-ass sort of insult. Then again, it's a work-friendly phrase, so maybe I'll start using that in the office since no one will think it actually could be anything bad.

Still, it's a fun read, and I hope to get my hands on a copy of some of Sabatini's other works. I've heard that Captain Blood is pretty good, and there's that word "blood" right in the title so you know it's got to be downright awesome and dirty. (And if it's not, please just let me dwell under the illusion that it is. I'll disappoint myself later, thanks.)
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message 1: by Alex (new)

Alex How does it not drive you crazy that Bohemian Rhapsody plays incessantly in your head while you read this?


message 2: by El (new) - rated it 4 stars

El I have an iron clad will when I put my mind to it. I've been listening to a lot of Barry Manilow to drown out the Queen in my mind.


message 3: by Alex (new)

Alex Out of the frying pan, into the fire.


message 4: by JSou (new)

JSou Your reviews kick so much ass, El.


message 5: by El (new) - rated it 4 stars

El Thanks! Hey, which book are you reading in your new avatar?


message 6: by Alasse (new)

Alasse Captain Blood rocks. It's like the script of the ultimate pirate movie, before there were movies. DO IT!


message 7: by El (new) - rated it 4 stars

El It's like the script of the ultimate pirate movie.

Best. Promotion. Ever.

Thanks, Alasse. I will check it out, though not sure when my reading schedule will allow it at this point. I'm trying to read the books I own before getting any others from the library... but we'll see how long that lasts. :)


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