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Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini
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Jul 20, 2012

really liked it
Read on July 20, 2012

My view of this book and the validity of the French Revolution kept changing throughout the book. In the beginning, when the arrogant Marquis killed a young and idealist revolutionary, I was incensed because his death was so unnecessary. Anytime a death that is caused by differences in ideology is unnecessary. The young revolutionary's good friend, Andre-Louis (and also the main character of the book), vowed to avenge his death by taking on his cause, even though his own political view was different. Andre-Louis proceeded to incite the masses, first as an impromptu orator at a demonstration and later as a comical character in a traveling troupe (thus the name Scaramouche). Throughout his adventures, he never forgot his arch nemesis, the handsome but evil Marquis.

Without giving away the ending, Andre-Louis remained loyal to his mission and found himself smack in the middle of the Revolution. In the end, he was able to shed his dead friend's view and saw the Revolutionary through his own eyes. He understood why the Marquis had to kill his friend, but more importantly, he realized that a society must have different social strata and it cannot be successful when only one of the strata represents the government. The revolutionaries tried to extinguish the clergies, the nobles and the bourgeoisies, leaving only the proletarians to rule France. The result was utter chaos and anarchy.

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