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DOWNLOAD ↠ Scaramouche READ ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Rafael Sabatini S messageSet during the French Revolution this novel of swashbuckling romance is also a thought provoking commentary on class ineuality and the individual’s role in society a story that has become Rafael Sabatini’s enduring legacyWith an Introduction by Gary Hoppenstand. Seminal novels have a curious tendency of being very much unlike the genres they inspire It s something I ve explored before in The Lord of the Rings fantasy The Virginian western and The Moonstone mystery and Scaramouche definitely resembles the latter two in how they stray from what we might expectFirstly we have an unusually introspective complex protagonist Much less the dashing hero we are shown a doubting cynic a recluse who sees the cruel ineuality of the world and does his best to avoid it Yet it is a world he must live in and so he finds himself thrust again and again into complications from which he strives to extricate himselfThe second similarity with those other formative works is the uirky meandering plot It is certainly not what we would expect we bear witness to only two swordfights in the book one at the beginning and one near the end though a few others are mentionedThe very beginning of the book is concerned mainly with the political philosophies which lead to the French Revolution But we dispense with that rather uickly and spend the following two thirds of the book exploring the forms and history of the Commedia Dell ArteBut of course I don t have to explain about that vital and influential form to you Like me you probably grew up around Commedia actors and over a hundred or so scattered performances witnessing the infinite variations on the theme and marveling at the extemporaneous wit of its sprightly practitioners Perhaps you like me had a little stuffed bear named for the old miser PantaloneBut even a cave dweller who had never heard of the Commedia and did not recognize it in Pagliacci Punch and Pantos could derive amusement from the ways Sabitini explores it His is not precisely a scholarly analysis but of a playful jaunt through the style relating its plots and characters to the overblown melodramas which politics and social status inevitably produceAt length he leaves the Commedia behind and we are treated to an amusing view of the different forms and schools of fencing and of its vital place in a culture of duelists the ideal culture for a swashbuckling tale Like most young men I spent my time as both student and tutor of swordsmanship so this was another delightful moment of youthful nostalgia though again Sabitini merely plays on the surface of the art of fencing I could have done with a in depth discussion of line distance and form perhaps with some diagrams but it was amusing nonethelessI was able to uickly guess the two part twist ending but that was hardly bothersome since it was only a small part of the book It did nothing to lessen the delightful verve with which it was written the complexity of the characters including a very sympathetic villain the many and varied inspirations and the concise structure of the plot Scaramouche is lively intelligent and like most pulps devoid of pretension showing once again that the best way to promote skill and wit is simply to demonstrate them

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DOWNLOAD ↠ Scaramouche READ ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Rafael Sabatini S until his friend was mercilessly struck down by a member of the aristocracyNow he is Scaramouche Speaking out against the unjust French government he takes refuge with a nomadic band of actors and assumes the role of the clown Scaramouche a comic figure with a very seriou. I wavered between four and five stars on this one but I totally have to go with the five It s just that awesome I was actually a little surprised at how much I loved this book I mean I love swashbucklers and historical fictionDumas p re is my man but the only other Sabatini novel I ve read Venetian Masue I found to be a little underwhelming so I did not expect this from Sabatini Speaking of Dumas I almost think that Scaramouche can be placed in the same company as that master s great work The Count of Monte Cristo no small praise from me It doesn t uite have the same level of intricate plotting as the latter and I will never give pride of place to any but Monsieur le Comte but it is still an awesome read filled with exciting ups and downs as we follow the trials and triumphs of the title character aka Andre Louis Moreau I actually noticed that Moreau shared some similarities with Dant s as a character at least in the fact that both of them seemed to have a Batman like ability to adopt nearly any skill they reuired to further their own ends For Moreau this leads him to start out as a lawyer with exceptional reasoning and speaking skills become a brilliant actor stage writer and theatre impresario then move on to master the art of the sword and become a ma tre d armes and finally to enter the realm of politics all within a span of two years That s ok I don t mind it if my heroes are super and Moreau pairs his ability with an acerbic wit and keen insight I found both refreshing and awesomeI have to add here that I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Librivox Now the narrators from Librivox given that it is a free site can behow to put this delicately Crappy Not so this one The narrator Gordon Mackenzie was fantastic He had just the right pacing didn t stumble on his words you d think that would be a prereuisite for narrating an audio book wouldn t you and was able to voice each character differently without sounding completely ludicrous He even managed the French phrases and Latin epigrams with no apparent effort Excellent job Mr Mackenzie I really think his work on this added to my already superlative enjoyment of the text itselfGiven that this is a classic I imagine that many already know the plot at least in broad strokes Andre Louis Moreau is a bastard of no name taken in as the godson of the local seigneur of the village of Gavrillac amidst the knowing glances and whispers of the locals He is a young man of intelligence and wit known primarily for his acerbic tongue and incisive reasoning who acts as the legal representative of his godfather M de Kercadiou His best friend Philippe de Vilmorin is a young seminarian who also happens to have revolutionary political leanings When a local peasant is summarily killed by a local noble the Maruis de la Tour d Azyr Philippe tries to convince the nobleman to recompense the dead man s family for the deed Incensed and sensing in the elouent young man one who could stir the mounting discontent of the people that is beginning to raise its head in France d Azyr decides he must get rid of this possible thorn in the side of his class An expert fencer perhaps the best in France d Azyr forces the fledgling Philippe into challenging him to a duel and handily dispatches the young man whose own abilities with the sword are non existent It is this act of bald faced murder and the subseuent inability of the young lawyer to gain any justice from the established powers that sends young Bruce Wayne er Andre Louis on his road of vengeance against the man and the class that killed his friend in cold bloodAs we follow Andre Louis in his uest we see him taking up the mantle left by his dead friend and using his own elouence to stir up the crowds against their unjust masters Forced into hiding when his name and actions become know Moreau manages to join a travelling band of actors who mount plays based on the fading style of the Commedia dell Arte and after establishing himself as not only an excellent actor and writer but even a company manager of some skill Moreau takes on the role of Scaramouche one that is uniuely suited to his outlook and abilities and proceeds to lead the troupe to the verge of fame and fortune Along the way he falls in love and ultimately finds himself once again crossing paths with his avowed enemy seemingly driven by the hand of fate Moreau encounters numerous dangers and escapes in his years of hiding which I won t recount hereread the book and enjoy them to the full yourself Suffice it to say that the nascent revolution turns the tables and thrusts Andre Louis into a position of power It is a position that is not so easily taken advantage of despite Andre Louis apparent single mindedness in regards to his uest and the conclusion of the tale is satisfying and much complex than one might be given to expect from a work in this genre I thought Sabatini s prose was great His turns of phrase especially in the mouth of Moreau were sublime and the text is littered with an abundance of bon mots His characters also shine and often manage to attain a level of complexity that goes beyond the one dimensional duality of good guybad guy one might expect While I was always cheering for Moreau and loved his character he is not always an eminently likeable guy and even the sneering and vain arch rival the Maruis de la Tour d Azyr manages to show himself to be something complex than a mustachio twirling villain Bottom line this book was great I don t know why I took so long to read it but I m very glad I finally did I ll be revisiting this one many times in the futureHighly recommendedAlso posted at Shelf Inflicted

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DOWNLOAD ↠ Scaramouche READ ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Rafael Sabatini “Last Wednesday he had been engaged in moving an audience of Rennes to anger; on this Wednesday he was to move an audience of Guichen to mirth”Once he was André Louis Moreau a lawyer raised by nobility unconcerned with the growing discontent among France’s lower clas. 45 stars for this swashbuckling historical novel written in 1921 by Rafael Sabatini set during French Revolution times in the late 1700s Andre Louis Moreau is a young lawyer of unknown parentage but has a protective godfather uentin de Kercadiou a local lord in Brittany France Andre Louis is very fond of de Kercadiou s niece Aline so when he finds out she s planning on accepting a proposal from the Maruis de la Tour d Azyr for practical reasons not love he s deeply disappointed Things get worse when the Maruis accosted by Andre Louis s best friend Philippe for having his gamekeeper shoot a poaching villager and leaving the villager s family destitute picks a fight with Philippe and ends up killing him in a duel with swords One thing leads to another and soon Andre Louis is on the run from de la Tour d Azyr s vengeance with revenge in his own heart We follow his adventures through the next few years including taking up with a group of traveling theater players and learning to be an excellent swordsman As a player his chief role is as Scaramouche a clown character who s also a schemer It fits his actual character extremely well The hand of fate keeps bringing Andre Louis back into contact with de la Tour d Azyr until the tension filled finale I enjoyed Scaramouche than I expected It s a uick paced story and Sabatini manages to combine adventure and romance with some truly insightful writing And as a bonus I got Bohemian Rhapsody stuck in my brain for a few daysSo this happenedThis novel was first published in 1921 so it s free on Project Gutenberg Mamma miaGroup read with the Retro Reads group


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    PDF KINDLE Scaramouche Þ Rafael Sabatini 45 stars for this swashbuckling historical novel written in 1921 by Rafael Sabatini set during French Revolution times in the late 1700s Andre Louis Moreau is a young lawyer of unknown parentage but has a protective godfather uentin de Kercadiou a local lord in Brittany France Andre Louis is very fond of de Ker

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    PDF KINDLE Scaramouche Þ Rafael Sabatini At the dawn of the French Revolution when Aristocrats are about to tumble down into the toxic precipice there lived in the village of Gavrillac Brittany with his Godfather Andre Louis Moreau A young lawyer of unknown origin now but ea

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    SUMMARY Scaramouche PDF KINDLE Scaramouche Þ Rafael Sabatini He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad” One of the best opening lines I've ever readI'm sure this will end up being one of my favourite rereads of the yearA fast paced read that seamlessly merges André Louis story with real history and leaves you wanting to read of both The styl

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    Rafael Sabatini ↠ 0 DOWNLOAD READ ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Rafael Sabatini PDF KINDLE Scaramouche Þ Rafael Sabatini I wavered between four and five stars on this one but I totally have to go with the five It’s just that awesome I was actually a little surprised at how much I loved this book I mean I love swashbucklers and historical fictionDumas père is my man but the only other Sabatini novel I’ve read Venetian Masue I found to be a little underwhelming so I did not expect this from Sabatini Speaking of Dumas I almo

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    PDF KINDLE Scaramouche Þ Rafael Sabatini Seminal novels have a curious tendency of being very much unlike the genres they inspire It's something I've explored before in The Lord of the Rings fantasy The Virginian western and The Moonstone mystery and Scaramouche definitely resembles the latter two in how they stray from what we might expectFirstly we have an unusually introspective

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    Rafael Sabatini ↠ 0 DOWNLOAD READ ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Rafael Sabatini PDF KINDLE Scaramouche Þ Rafael Sabatini From the Robe to the Buskin and now from the buskin to the Sword What will be the end of you I wonder It is always a gamble to re read your childhood favourites Lately I'v had a couple of bad hits while trying to revoke the passion towards a few books that I worshipped as a child Scaramouche is one of those titles Without going into the deta

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    SUMMARY Scaramouche PDF KINDLE Scaramouche Þ Rafael Sabatini Andre Louis Moreau is the Scaramouche of fame I am delighted with this knowledge as it finally helps me to solve one of the many mysteries of ueen But than that I am absolutely delighted with the work in general Sabatini's evocation

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    Rafael Sabatini ↠ 0 DOWNLOAD PDF KINDLE Scaramouche Þ Rafael Sabatini Scaramouche was a marvellous surprise I'd never read Sabatini before as I harboured the prejudice that an adventure novel written in 1922 would feel cliché out of date and ultimately disposable Instead Scaramouche surprised me at every turnThe character of André Louis Moreau has ualities both admirable and execrable We admire his daring elouence and instinctive sense of justice that transforms his outrage over the killing of h

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