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le 6 février 2014
I first saw several movie versions of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" and always wanted to see the Play. With the purchase of a Kindle and text-to-speech I could not afford to pass up the book.

I was amazed to see that the book started out like the movies with the telling of the blood lust of the French revolution and how one man for the sport of it saved many from the guillotine thwarting the authorities and tricking the sergeant at the city gate into letting him through.

Then I was afraid the story was going to bog down as we took a long time to drudge through a scene in an inn. I did not realize that this was to introduce the major players in the soon to be mystery.

The essence of the story was best said in the book:
"Only between these two hearts there lay a strong, impassable barrier, built up on pride on both sides, which neither of them cared to be the first to demolish."

The story really picks up after Marguerite realizes what she has done by giving away the pimpernels identity and disides to make amends.

Usually I cannot stand flowery writing or long descriptions of feelings. But for some reason this book was so well written that what would seem like extraneous information actually enhanced the tale. I also noticed it is told mostly from Lady Blakeney's point of view.

Once again this is a case of the book being better than the movie. I was surprise to find the Pimpernel poem came from the book:

They seek him here they seek him there
Them Frenchies seek him everywhere.
Is he in Heaven?
Is he in Hell?
That damned elusive pimpernel.
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le 12 février 2014
Atty. Mr. Utterson is worried, as the keeper of Dr Henry Jekyll's will. The will gives everything to Edward Hyde incase of Henry's death or disappearance. Mr. Utterson met the hideous Hyde once and does not trust him. Well it looks like Henry's will will have to be executed as the housekeeper; Mr. Pool thinks Hyde hid Henry's body.

Once again, I saw Spencer Tracy before I read the book, so I was anticipating a different type of story. I read "Treasure Island" so I am familiar with Stevenson's writing style but I did not realize that this story was more of a mystery that draws the conclusion and revelation in the end. The explanation of man and his duel personality is excellent and I suspect he draws on personal experience.

I also read the kindle version. It was sparse and strait forward; there was not a lot of fluff and speculation from other personalities. I made sure that the text-to speech was activated before purchasing. This helped but I had to keep reminding myself that the names were mispronounced.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Double Feature (1932/1941)
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le 21 janvier 2013
Oui, car Zorro n'est qu'un avatar du Scarlet Pimpernel ! Et le Scarlet Pimpernel ne doit rien à Zorro, c'est un livre, avec une intrigue quasi policière, au temps où la Terreur chassait de France royalistes et autres privilégiés, ce qui donne une autre vision de la Révolution française qu'on aborde toujours sous l'angle du sans-culotte. Non, tous les nobles n'étaient pas méchants et bons pour la guillotine.....merci à nos ennemis héréditaires messieurs les Anglais de les avoir aidés.
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le 22 mai 2016
Fantastiques aventures teintées d'humour, de suspens. Le livre nous précipite dans un univers totalement étranger à celui dans lequel nous vivons. Le côté un peu romantique peut paraître cucu mais nous sommes au XVIII siècle. Le romantisme depuis a changé.
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