The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Published by Signet Classics, an imprint of Penguin

Recently Nicole and I read The Scarlet Pimpernel for a classics rip episode of What’s Old is New. Now, this isn’t the first time that I had read – or blogged about, for that matter – The Scarlet Pimpernel. Almost three and a half years ago, I read Baroness Orczy’s book alongside Lauren Willig’s flower spy series (as an aside, how is that I have blog posts that are almost 3.5 years old?!?) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Still, even though it was a relatively recent read, I was afraid that The Scarlet Pimpernel might not hold up, since I’ve probably read 600 books since then.

What I found was that I loved The Scarlet Pimpernel just as much as I did three years ago. As a classic action adventure novel it is an inordinate amount of fun. There are the requisite misunderstandings and thwarted love affairs, dashing heroes rescuing people from certain death, and a villain readers will love to hate.

Of course, nobody is going to be super surprised that I enjoyed The Scarlet Pimpernel since I loved it three years ago and suggested it for this classics rip episode. Nicole was a skeptic, though, and only really agreed to read it at all because I told her it was very short. If you want to know if she liked it too, though, you’ll have to listen to the episode.

By the way, in this episode we also announced a contest for the first person who can recommend to us a Dickens book we actually both like. If you have suggestions, please add them to the comments on the episode.

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6 comments to The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • I am glad to read that you liked this book so much both times you read it because it has been on my tbr list for years. I want to read the Willig books too!

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel is one of my all time favorites. I fell in love with it thanks to the much overlooked Broadway show (which I REALLY LOVE!). Glad to see you giving it some love too!

  • Another Pimpernel fan here! And I’m not really a Dickens fan either, so if you find one of his to fall in love with I’m open to suggestions as well. I’ve been pondering a go at Oliver Twist or Nicholas Nickelby since I know the basic stories and sometimes that influences me toward enjoying the work more.

  • One of these days I really must read this book… And read on in Willig’s series…

  • I keep meaning to read this one, but haven’t yet. With such strong praise, I know I have to soon!

  • I also loved The Scarlet Pimpernel. I read it because I started reading a spin-off historical fiction/mystery/romance series, the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig and I wanted to see what the background story was. Scarlet Pimpernel is quite different from the Pink Carnation books, but I love both for what they are :)