Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini

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“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 class—until his friend was mercilessly struck down by a member of the aristocracy.
 
Now 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 serious message….
 
Set during the French Revolution, this novel of swashbuckling romance is also a thought-provoking commentary on class, inequality, and the individual’s role in society—a story that has become Rafael Sabatini’s enduring legacy.
 
With an Introduction by Gary Hoppenstand
 

About Rafael Sabatini

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Raphael Sabatini (1875-1950) was born in Italy and, after moving around Europe throughout his childhood and adolescence, settled in England in 1892. He became an internationally bestselling author with the publication of Scaramouche in 1921. His other novels include The Sea Hawk and The Gamester. Gary Hoppenstand is associate chair of the department of American thought and language at Michigan State University. He has published and edited numerous books and articles, among them the Penguin Classics edition of A. E. W. Mason's The Four Feathers.
 
Published June 1, 2001 by Signet. 449 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Horror, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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The Italian-born Sabatini (1875–1950), who first published this swashbuckler in 1921, always received more popular acclaim than critical praise, and it's easy to see why.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Scaramouche

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Delightfully courtly, flowery but not dated, Sabatini's period romances--Scaramouche unfolds over the years leading up to the French Revolution--were deservedly popular when originally published, duri

Jan 01 1992 | Read Full Review of Scaramouche

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