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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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Old 11-11-2018, 09:02 AM   #17
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And it's The Scarlet Pimpernel by a nose.
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:21 PM   #18
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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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