Scaramouche

Scaramouche

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by Rafael Sabatini
     
 

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A romantic tale of a young aristocrat's adventures during the French Revolution. At one point the hero joins a theater troupe to portray ''Scaramouche''. He also becomes a lawyer, a politician, and a lover, confounding his enemies with his elegant oration and precise swordsmanship. An excellent swashbuckler! Similar to Sabatini's other bestseller, Captain Blood,…  See more details below

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A romantic tale of a young aristocrat's adventures during the French Revolution. At one point the hero joins a theater troupe to portray ''Scaramouche''. He also becomes a lawyer, a politician, and a lover, confounding his enemies with his elegant oration and precise swordsmanship. An excellent swashbuckler! Similar to Sabatini's other bestseller, Captain Blood, there is a person content with his life, even introverted, that gets ripped out of perfect circumstances and thrown into boiling life where he must completely change and be leader, all the time staying true to himself. Additionally, this excellently written and gripping novel serves as history lesson about The Revolution, better than any dry history book.

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ISBN-13:
2940015642360
Publisher:
Dons Ebooks
Publication date:
09/22/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
363
File size:
299 KB

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Scaramouche 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
phantom24 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes a classic can be somewhat difficult to read, with dated, overflowing language. Sabatini's prose is not only a pleasure to read, I could envision him with a twinkle in his eye and a faint smile on his lips. Never boring, even in the slower parts, and sometimes suprising in his character development, Sabatini not only keeps you hooked with his action, but entertained with his wit. Caution: Don't read the Introduction by John Cloy until AFTER you've read the book. While Cloy's intro is very informative, it includes a spoiler. Cloy, and Barnes & Noble, should know better than to uncover such a detail in the introduction....it belongs at the back of the book.
Ludwig1770 More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this booking and only one word can describe it: Amazing!! What a beautiful book filled with adventure, drama, and a bit of romance. the first 100 pages start off with a bang and the middle cools off a bit with drama and shows you more of the character of Andre-Louis(not your typical hero). And the last section (book III) is the end of the amazing ride. Couldn't put the book down during the last 100 Pages!! I totally recommend this book for people looking for Action, adventure and Drama. i just simply loved it !! and so will you ! I will be planning on reading Captain Blood and Sea-hawk Rafael Sabatini is awesome!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have scarcely finished reading it--just a few moments ago, in fact, but longer still that you are reading this. I have read a few of Sabatini's other works, most notably Captain Blood which ranks in the top five best books I have ever read, and the Sea Hawk, which, good tale though it was, still tends to fall short of his other tales. But for those of you just tuning in, Scaramouche is a wonderful, multi-faceted read. All the Sabatini clicks are there: The sword fighting, the clever dialogue and complicated enmities between people who might otherwise be alright had they never met. All this set against the turbulent background of the French Revolution. There are a few Star Wars-esque moments, but when considering how much older this tale is than the afforementioned one, it might be fair to say that there are elements of Scaramouche in Star Wars. And in A Bug's Life, for that matter. Despite all the historical detail, of which Sabatini was a master, his trademark male/female misunderstanding coupled with the obstacles of their respective prides creates an entanglement we do not see unraveled until the novel's closing sentences. Rafael Sabatini had a gift for the novel, and could I write one like this, I should well call myself a novelist. As it is his gift is presented here, at bargain price no less. Do yourself a favor and accept it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, if anyone really wants to read the novel-length review below, be my guest, but I'm going to try to make this one much shorter. This was a really good book, although it took me a while to get through it, and I think Sabatini does a great job showing how change can occur without the subject even knowing it. I'm not sure the 'psychological study' is as good as advertised, but the action is great, when it chooses to show up. If you were really intrigued when you read The Three Musketeers or The Count of Monte Cristo, your time spent reading this book will be well-spent. Otherwise . . . well, it's slightly shorter than the ones I've mentioned but it still feels as though it drags on and on and on and on for chapters at a time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rife with nineteenth century melodrama and a plot riddled by coincidence, Rafael Sabatini's SCARAMOUCHE is a tale of passion and adventure on the eve of the French Revolution. Andre-Louis Moreau, a low born young man who has studied the law and enjoys the patronage of a local nobleman, M. de Kercadiou, falls afoul of yet another highborn gentleman when this other takes it upon himself to entice Andre-Louis' best friend into a duel he cannot win. Moreau's friend, Philippe de Vilmorin, is a hotheaded idealist preaching the overthrow of the established order and his highborn antagonist, the Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr, is a man who cannot abide that. Goading the hapless Philippe into a one-sided duel which must result in his death, the Marquis ultimately refuses to respond to the angry demand of Andre-Louis that he kill him, too, leaving the young man clutching the dead body of his friend and swearing to become the voice of revolution that Philippe would have been had he lived. Aiming to make good his oath, Andre-Louis soon turns his talent for oratory into rabblerousing against the Marquis, and those of the King's officers who protect him, and is forced to become a fugitive as the established order turns against him. Fleeing the gendarmes with the aid of Aline, beautiful niece of M. de Kercadiou, Andre-Louis joins an acting troupe and begins the first significant transformation of his life. But it will not be his last as he finds his calling in playing the scandalous rogue 'Scaramouche' in the series of plays he soon devises to win fame and fortune for his little troupe. Yet trouble haunts the troupe as Andre-Louis discovers a passion for Mademoiselle Binet, the beautiful daughter of the troupe's leader, only to find his hopes thwarted when he again crosses paths with the deadly Marquis de La Tour d'Azyr. Angered at the decision of M. de Kercadiou's niece, Aline, to refuse to foreswear the attentions of the ubiquitous Marquis, who seeks to win her with his worldly wealth and gentlemanly charm, Scaramouche soon resurfaces as a political dissident once more, bringing to an end his love affair with the theater and the actress, La Binet, who first drew him to it. But Andre-Louis still has another transformation before him and, fleeing to Paris, he secures a position with a fencing master and is soon well on his way to mastery of that still vital martial art. As the Revolution gains steam, Andre-Louis, who continues to see himself as the rogue, Scaramouche, finds himself sucked back into the maelstrom of disorder and violence that the conflict in France is fast becoming. When, at last, he learns of an opportunity to square accounts with the man who slaughtered his friend, besieges Kercadiou's niece, and derailed his own planned marriage with the lovely Binet girl, he is quick to act and is soon brought face to face with d'Azyr in the Assembly of the newly formed French constitutional monarchy. But the constitutional monarchy cannot endure and little else is as it seems in the escapades of Scaramouche. If one surprise is amply telescoped there is yet another, waiting in the wings, which comes so suddenly that I was astonished I had not anticipated it. Of course, the tale is entirely derived of the magnificent coincidences, nineteenth century style, that keep the story boiling as M. Moreau, the Scaramouche, learns the secrets of his own history, one revelation at a time. If you like good old fashioned historical action tales with a French flavor and have a tolerance for the archaic conventions that enriched Sabatini's writing in the period (he wrote in the early twentieth century though his style resounds with the accouterments of the nineteenth), then I'm betting you'll like this one. I did. -- SWM
Guest More than 1 year ago
For lovers of history, romance, adventure, humor, or mystery, this book is a great read. A Dumas-esque adventure story set during the early days of the French Revolution, Scaramouche manages to be stimulatingly literate without being style-heavy. The central character, Andre-Louis Moreau, is every bit as dashing and witty as his spiritual ancestor, D'artagnan. An educated cynic, Andre-Louis grows up as the illegitimate son of an obscure farmer-seigneur in an obscure village, and seems destined to be a rather obscure lawyer, his talents for rhetoric confined to the provincial courtroom. Then, with the death of his best friend, his world changes. Andre-Louis finds himself swept up into the terrifying maelstrom of the French Revolution, fighting for his life -- endangered by ideals he doesn't believe in. How his beliefs about society and about himself are challenged and changed forms the central issue of this gripping novel, which builds in dramatic tension all the way to the incredible climax.
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Rafael Sabatini is a marvellous story teller. This book is enchanting, swashbuckling, chivalrous, entertaining, humorous, and satisfying; the hero is unusual, but compelling, and will not be one that you forget in a hurry. The book itself is long and the language fairly complicated, but it is well worth it. Scaramouche is a tale of justice and injustice, adventure and romance; a truly great classic.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
ggrossman More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The verbiage can make it a bit challenging, but it really takes you into another world.
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PatPfu More than 1 year ago
You can get this for less, but the B&N price is still low, and the well-executed design and extra touches make this version a reading pleasure. As to the story itself, it had all the fun of the 1952 movie with key differences, and the more involved plot and depth that comes with a book. Scaramouche makes a nice companion with a hammock and fine beverage on a summer day (or two).
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