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The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
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Jun 28, 07

Recommended for: the effette

I'll just start this by saying, Man, did this book suck.

I decided to read it for two reasons: 1) I love Terrence Mann. He played Chauvelin in the Broadway version and his final note from 'Falcon in the Dive' makes me swoon. 2) Seeing as how I'm going to be a Librarian... I figured I should at least pretend to take an interest in so called 'literature.'

But man. I actually threw the book and said 'what the hell is this shit?' when I finished. There was nothing to it. The only part even remotely enjoyable was the interplay between Chauvelin and Percy as Percy subtely replaces Chauvelin's snuff with black pepper.

Still, not enough to make me recommend the book. And I'm very glad the wise folks of the Broadway version added a duel, instead of the Baroness' great climax of Chauvelin running away....
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Meredith Though I also enjoy Terrence Mann, swooning (and whale-boned stays) -- I have to say that the book is better if you read it before the age of say...15. Holy slavic author name though! I forgot that part. I wonder if she was some sort of exile. Or maybe Chopin's lover. Hmmm. Was Chopin gay? So many questions. So few answers. Also, I think the plot is really similar to "A Tale of Two Cities" and that might be why I forgot about it.


lindsay Yup, Terrence Mann...great soundtrack!


Shawn I'm with you on this. For a supposedly great adventure story, as it was sold to me by multiple sources, there was a whole lot of sitting around. And if the author had tightened up the insanely florid prose, it would have been half as long.


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