Book Review Friday: “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Emmuska Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel (Walmart Classics)The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book reminds me a lot of Zorro type stories. Some swashbuckling action, a hero in disguise, a little bit of romance, a villain you love to hate, impossible situations, rescuing the helpless, and more. It was a fun book to read.

It takes place during the French Revolution, and revolves around the mystery of the superhero-esque Scarlet Pimpernel, an Englishman who has taken it upon himself to rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine. He hides in plain sight, with brilliant disguises, ridiculous daring, and a strong sense of honor. The writing style is straightforward, with just enough melodrama to make it really fun.

With plenty of drama, interesting characters, and mystery, all wrapped up in proper English garb, The Scarlet Pimpernel is a satisfying read. It’s not overly meaty, but it’s brilliant, fun, and plain old enjoyable. This is a book I will likely read again and again, when I’m in the mood for something fun.

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3 thoughts on “Book Review Friday: “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Emmuska Orczy

  1. One of my kids’ favorite books! We once bought a copy because they liked it so much, while they stood by watching and not saying a thing: we already had a copy! But they wanted two. 😉
    We also watch the old movie version with Lesley Howard in the title role. Mmm. Love it. 😉

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