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View Poll Results: In what guilty pleasure will we indulge in December?
The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki 5 41.67%
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy 6 50.00%
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 5 41.67%
The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton 3 25.00%
Bedelia by Vera Caspary 2 16.67%
Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell 4 33.33%
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:24 PM   #16
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Well, unless there is a last day flurry of voting, as there was with the nominations, it looks as if she may cross the line first anyway.
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And it's The Scarlet Pimpernel by a nose.
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I look forward to this selection. I’ve seen the film versions (a cinematic guilty pleasure,) and the novel should be great fun.
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Old 11-13-2018, 05:47 PM   #19
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I look forward to this selection. I’ve seen the film versions (a cinematic guilty pleasure,) and the novel should be great fun.
Let's see. I've seen the film with Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon, the television movie with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour, and the mini-series with Richard E. Grant and Elizabeth McGovern (I'm going by memory here and it's possible I got some names wrong). But none of them is a patch on the book.

While I usually strongly prefer ereading, in this case I'll be (rererererere)rereading my girlhood copy. I'd be bereft without the illustrations.

For those with access to Hoopla, I noticed several different audio versions.
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Audible has the inimitable Wanda McCaddon narrating it, and really, I can't imagine anyone who would be better. That will be my first pass at it, for sure.
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Let's see. I've seen the film with Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon, the television movie with Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour, and the mini-series with Richard E. Grant and Elizabeth McGovern (I'm going by memory here and it's possible I got some names wrong). But none of them is a patch on the book.

While I usually strongly prefer ereading, in this case I'll be (rererererere)rereading my girlhood copy. I'd be bereft without the illustrations.

For those with access to Hoopla, I noticed several different audio versions.
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I guess it depends on age and what you saw/read first, but Anthony Andrews simply is The Scarlet Pimpernel in my mind ... curiously, I would have had to look up who played Marguerite opposite him.


I look forward to revisiting the book. It's been a very long time.

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I guess it depends on age and what you saw/read first, but Anthony Andrews simply is The Scarlet Pimpernel in my mind ... curiously, I would have had to look up who played Marguerite opposite him.

I look forward to revisiting the book. It's been a very long time.
For me it will always be Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon. On the audio front I’ll give the Librivox dramatic reading a try.

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I have never seen either of the films, nor the mini series. Obviously I need to get out more! I have found both the films on You Tube and must have a look.
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It may be being overly scrupulous, but I've added spoiler tags to a couple of posts. Some won't have read the book.

In the same spirit, we should probably keep any comments about the films to generalities or wait until the book discussion starts.

Mea culpa.
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[SPOILER]I look forward to revisiting the book. It's been a very long time.
For me too. I was barely more than I child when I last read this, and remember very little of the book. I did watch the Richard E Grant TV series, though.

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Audible has the inimitable Wanda McCaddon narrating it, and really, I can't imagine anyone who would be better. That will be my first pass at it, for sure.
Can't get that version on Audible UK. There's a new version narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt which sounds okay, so I may go for that.
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Audible has the inimitable Wanda McCaddon narrating it, and really, I can't imagine anyone who would be better. That will be my first pass at it, for sure.
I tried the Librivox dramatic reading but it didn’t work for me as well as I had hoped. That for The Secret Garden was much better. I switched to a solo reading by Karen Savage (Librivox again) and I found it to be very acceptable. Ms Savage reads with enthusiasm and feeling. One does have to put up with each chapter beginning with an announcement that “This is a Librivox recording. . . “ etc. and there is a background hum which is more evident on headphones than speakers. I did listen to B. j. Harrison’s version for the Classic Tales edition which certainly has a better sound but I think that the female voice is much to be preferred as Marguerite is the primary narrator in the book.

I may well try the McCaddon reading If I can get hold of it.

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Not only must I read The Scarlet Pimpernel this week, I just got the notice that my borrow of The Pink Carnation has started, so I shall be able to follow right up with it. I've loved The Scarlet Pimpernel since I was young and nothing could make me go back on that, but I do want to read it with an eye toward issues and different perspectives and not just for the high adventure and romance.

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Well, that should keep you busy this week. I'm in the same scenario, compounded by an overload at work again. Fortunately, I've got three weeks to read the library books that have come in. But finding time to read the Pimpernel this week will be challenging.
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Well, that should keep you busy this week. I'm in the same scenario, compounded by an overload at work again. Fortunately, I've got three weeks to read the library books that have come in. But finding time to read the Pimpernel this week will be challenging.
Fortunately it is fairly short and a fairly quick read. At least so far. I started Friday afternoon.
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Fortunately it is fairly short and a fairly quick read. At least so far. I started Friday afternoon.
I started on Friday and I'm about half way through, so hopefully should be finished by Tuesday or Wednesday.
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