Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Review: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Name: The Scarlet Pimpernel
Author: Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Pages: Paperback, 264 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
Unlike many I've never really loved classics, other then Jane Austen. Maybe because my first encounter with classics was Frankenstein which bored me to death. So, its safe to say that when I went into reading this book for my English class I had low expectations, but when I went out of it I was starstruck. This book helped me find my love for classics! This book was beautifully written, had a great plot and wonderful characters. Everything about it enchanted me, captivated me and took my breath away. The plot starts out strong and keeps being strong throughout the whole book. I was never bored and most of the time I was on the edge of my set.
One of the things about this book that really made it unique was how the main character wasn't figured out until close to half way though the book. That really was a great thing to read and it made the plot have depth in it, because you get to see the world and the plot though a few people's eyes before it settles on one.
This book is beautifully written in a way that only a classic can be written in. The writing really captivated me and wrapped me so much into this story. The author wrote this story beautifully. She weaves a story full of action, suspense and drama. You are constantly guessing who the Scarlet Pimpernel is. And when it was revealed even though I guessed it, it still got a reaction out of me, because it got a reaction out of our main character.
I loved these characters. They were brave and they were cunning, but they also had their faults which made them more real and ratable. The only thing I didn't like in this book was how in the beginning it never really gave you the chance to get a feel for some characters before they get dumped with a lot of character development.
This book enchanted me, captivated me and blew me away. I love this book so much, I need my own copy! I would recommend this book to everybody, even if you don't like classics you should still read this one, because this book will make you fall in love with classics.
Recommend if you like; Classics's, Action, and suspense.
Side note: I didn't grade this with my usual grading system, because I feel like classics withstood the test of time so we shouldn't grade them other then saying whether it was good or if it wasn't.
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That's my review, I hope you read this one, because its amazing!!