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text 2020-05-13 10:58
Reading progress update: I've read 275 out of 275 pages.
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy

This was fun, but also quite melodramatic. The love story had all the feels, sometimes a bit too much for my liking, especially towards the end of the book.

 

And as for Marguerite:

 

She is supposed to be the most clever woman in England and yet she succumbs to an idiotic human being, who makes all the wrong decisions because she is anxious about her husband. And she pretty much turned into a damsel in distress towards the end of the book and I really didn´t like the development of her character in this specific direction.

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text 2020-05-13 07:27
Reading progress update: I've read 218 out of 275 pages.
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy

I really do think that the screenwriter of Murder Ahoy, one of the Rutherford Marple movies, has been inspired by this book:

 

The snuffbox incident...

 

[Source]

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Anyway, I´m up for the great finale and of course, I´m totally rooting for the Scarlet Pimpernel.

 

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text 2020-05-12 11:22
Reading progress update: I've read 143 out of 275 pages.
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy

Had she but turned back then, and looked out once more on to the rose-lit garden, she would have seen that which would have made her own sufferings seem but light and easy to bear - a strong man, overwhelmed with his own passion and his own despair. Pride had given way at last, obstinacy was gone: the will was powerless. He was but a man madly, blindly, passionately in love, as soon as her light footstep had died away within the house, he knelt down upon the terrace steps, and in the very madness of his love he kissed one by one the places where her small foot trodden, and the stone balustrade, where her tiny hand had rested last.

 

Oh my gosh ... hahahaha. Methinks he is a bit overdramatic. 

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text 2020-05-12 10:29
Reading progress update: I've read 110 out of 275 pages.
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy

I cannot shake the feeling that other writers of movies, books etc. have been inspired by this story. Which makes me think ...

 

Yeah, I have a hunch about the identity of the elusive Scarlet Pimpernel. And I´m pretty sure I´m right, because from a story telling point of view he has become the most obvious suspect over the last couple of chapters. 

 

This doesn´t take anything away from my enjoyment of this book, though, simply because this is a whole lot of fun from beginning to end. And I´m fully prepared for the mayhem which (hopefully) will ensue during the rest of the novel.

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review 2020-01-25 16:32
So cool!
A Study in Scarlet (The Sherlock Holmes Children's Collection) - Stephanie Baudet, Arthur Conan Doyle

The illustrations are really cute, and I can’t think of a better way to introduce kids to Sherlock Holmes. I enjoyed the heck out of this, and I highly recommend it to teachers, parents, and of course my fellow Sherlockians for whom there can never be too much of a good Holmes thing. I got a review copy from Netgalley, but my review is sincere, and as a teacher who just introduced my students to Sherlock with great success, I highly recommend this version for younger readers! 
These are some of my kids’ creative projects. Enjoy!

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