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Book Title: I Will Repay|
The author of the book: Emmuska Orczy
Edition: House of Stratus
Date of issue: July 30th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780755111145
Format files: PDF
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I really enjoyed "The Scarlet Pimpernel". I also liked the sequel, "The Elusive Pimpernel". These books are goofy and silly, but they work because the author clearly knows what she's writing and avoids any pretensions to the contrary.
Unfortunately, it appears that Baroness Orczy wanted to overstep her limits in "I Will Repay". The story centers on a young girl who is caught between opposing forces, her faithfulness to her father, and her love for the man she has sworn to kill. Dickens could have taken this story and produced something truly great. In Orczy's hands, however, it comes off as flat, one-dimensional melodrama.
But what about Sir Percy Blakeney? Surely his witty foppery and brilliant strategies make it all worthwhile and fun! Sadly, the Scarlet Pimpernel himself is only an incidental character throughout most of the book. He pops in once or twice, and then shows up in the last two chapters for the resolution. This would be like going to see a James Bond movie and finding that, apart from a couple of cameos, the title character doesn't actually do anything until the last ten minutes of the film.
If I want to read moving human literature set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, I will read "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens. If I want to read exciting and intelligent adventure set during the French Revolution, I will read "Scaramouche" by Raphael Sabatini. If I want to read an action thriller set during the French Revolution, I will read a Scarlet Pimpernel book.
Allow me to illustrate with an admittedly nerdy analogy. There is room in the world for movies like Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" that are beautiful, moving and thoughtful. There is room in the world for movies like the 2008 "The Incredible Hulk" that are fun, perhaps even a bit serious, but with tongue firmly in cheek. There is no room in the world for Ang Lee's 2003 "Hulk," which tries to achieve both and thus falls flat due to a lack of self-awareness.
In the same way, there is room in the world for "A Tale of Two Cities" and for "The Scarlet Pimpernel", but there is no room for a book like "I Will Repay".
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