2.10.2010

Wednesday Book Recommendation

I've really been at a loss about what book to recommend this week. I shouldn't be - there are so many that I love - but I was really stuck this week. I finally decided to pick a classic that my sister gave me to read many years ago (I think I was probably around 12 when she suggested I read it). I didn't fully understand everything in the book the first time through, but I do remember really enjoying it. A few years later I reread it and really fell in love with the book. It should have been on my "Booking It" list this year, but I might have to read it again, even though it's not "on the list". :-)

Curious? This weeks recommendation is...


The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy. Suspense, mystery, danger, disguises, flight to safety, temporary capture, and love rekindled all during the days of the French Revolution. [SIGH] And that pretty much sums up the book. I hate to talk about the story too much as I don't want to give anything away, but the gist of the story is there is an English husband, a French wife, a brother in danger, a loyal girl waiting on the English shore for him, a flight to France, several rescues, a marriage in trouble, and a happy ending. Read the book!

This story started as a play (unsuccessful at first) and was then published as a novel in 1905. It's one in a series of books (which I just learned while writing this post - guess who's going to be on the hunt for the series now!) written by the Baroness, and is the most famous and successful of the set. There have been many movie adaptations of this movie, beginning in 1917 and going through a version made in 2006. I've seen none of them - perhaps because I love the book so much and I would hate to see the story butchered (as so many books-turned-movies are). However, if I were going to chose one, I would pick this DVD set (and book - on the right) from Amazon (affiliated links):

   

If you've seen one of the movie versions, I'd like to know what you thought about it, so leave me a comment.


If you head over to visit Jessica (Life as Mom) today, you can read her updated Booking It post where she reviews Dave Ramsey's book, The Total Money Makeover. You can also visit some of the link-ups for more reading ideas. Happy Reading!

3 comments:

  1. This is my best friend's favorite book, but I've never read it!
    Now I will put it on my book list for this year. Thanks!
    ~Alicia

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  2. No question that the Leslie Howard/Merle Oberon 1934 movie version is the unquestionably the best. His portrayal of Percy is hilarious!

    Vicki

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  3. Cathedral Builder (Stephanie)February 18, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    No way - the version w/ Jane Seymour is the best and I don't even know who the main actor is!!!! "They seek him here, they seek him there, that demned elusive Pimpernel." Oh, good memories, now I have to buy this book too, and go looking for the movie. ;)

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