Monday, November 19, 2018

The Scarlet Pimpernel

I wish I knew more about the French Revolution. This 100 year old plus novel, The Scarlet Pimpernel, put me there. The crowds have gone mad; their only satiety is the blood of aristocrats or those suspected of coming to their aid.

There is a constant tug of war between those who try to rescue the lives of those in peril, and those who work for the government seeking to end all threats. One rescuer in particular has been so successful that the new French government will go to great lengths to stop him. He is known as the Scarlet Pimpernel. Incidentally, this was the nickname given to Nelson Mandela as he hid from authorities while organizing against his racist government nearly 100 years later.

Though the love story was a bit overdone for my taste, I otherwise thoroughly enjoyed the suspenseful book. It looks like there's a movie that was made out of it too, which I've posted below:

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