Upon Lisa’s suggestion, I recently read The Scarlet Pimpernel. It is a wonderful book and is set in England during the French Revolution. I know that images of A Tale of Two Cities may come to mind, but you will be glad to hear that Baroness Orczy is not quite as wordy as Charles Dickens. (Not that I don’t love Dickens but I know that some don’t appreciate his long-winded style as much as I do.)
A primary focus of the story is the British hero (The Scarlet Pimpernell) who rescues French aristocrats from the guillotine. Much of the story is told from the viewpoint of Marguerite St. Just who was previously a French aristocrat herself until her recent marriage to Percy St. Just, an Englishman. It is a classic adventure novel, filled with mystery and intrigue, yet not lacking character development. It reminded me of G.K. Chesterton’s mysteries with plot twists and British wit, and is definitely a must-read book.
The Scarlet Pimpernel also reads very fast – I’m sure partly due to the suspense in the second half of the book – and I would recommend waiting to start it when you have a good long stretch to read the whole thing at once. I got into the thick of this book while waiting in line (for 3 hours, I might add) for my driver’s license. Then, I had to go back to work for several hours before I could pick it up again and it was very hard to stay focused. Overall, not as much depth or meaning as Lisa’s recent book review of Redeeming Love, but still a great book.
On another note, this is the 100th post on Consanguinity so we should probably figure out some great way to celebrate.
– Katie, the Older Sister