Scaramouche: A Romance of the French Revolution

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The Floating Press, Oct 1, 2009 - Fiction - 685 pages
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Scaramouche is a swashbuckling romantic adventure set during the French Revolution. A young lawyer becomes enmeshed in political turmoil, and goes into hiding as an actor with a traveling commedia dell'arte troupe. He plays the buffoon, Scaramouche. During his adventures he also becomes a master politician and swordsman, and though he is a revolutionary, circumstances force him to change sides several times. The tone of the book is set from the opening line: "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad."
 

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Review: Scaramouche (Scaramouche)

User Review  - Lora - Goodreads

I read this as a kindle download. The free copy had one or two pictures or poems that didn't show up. This was a great book to read. At first, as I started to read, I was a little uneasy at the long ... Read full review

Review: Scaramouche (Scaramouche)

User Review  - James - Goodreads

A young man in 1788 Brittany witnesses his friend being killed by a noble in a rigged duel decides to take up his dead friends revolutionary ideals. Living on the run he in turns actor and fencing ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter X Contrition
339
Chapter XI The Fracas at the Theatre Feydau
356
BOOK III THE SWORD
386
Chapter I Transition
387
Chapter II Quos Deus Vult Perdere
414
Chapter III President Le Chapelier
427
Chapter IV At Meudon
444
Chapter V Madame de Plougastel
471

Chapter VIII Omnes Omnibus
115
Chapter IX The Aftermath
130
BOOK II THE BUSKIN
149
Chapter I The Trespassers
150
Chapter II The Service of Thespis
177
Chapter II The Comic Muse
193
Chapter IV Exit Monsieur Parvissimus
215
Chapter V Enter Scaramouche
233
Chapter VI Climene
249
Chapter VII The Conquest of Nantes
275
Chapter VIII The Dream
292
Chapter IX The Awakening
306
Chapter VI Politicians
491
Chapter VII The Spadassinicides
509
Chapter VIII The Paladin of the Third
528
Chapter IX Torn Pride
542
Chapter X The Returning Carriage
564
Chapter XI Inferences
582
Chapter XII The Overwhelming Reason
595
Chapter XIII Sanctuary
629
Chapter XIV The Barrier
644
Chapter XV SafeConduct
661
Chapter XVI Sunrise
673
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About the author (2009)

Rafael Sabatini was born April 29, 1875 in Jesi, Italy. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages, and attending school in Portugal and, as a teenager, in Switzerland. By the time he was seventeen, when he went to England to live permanently, he could speak five languages. He quickly added English and chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English." After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. It took Sabatini almost a quarter of century before he attained success with Scaramouche in 1921. It became an international best-seller. Captain Blood followed in 1922 and was equally as successful. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year. While he would never achieve the success of Scaramouche and Captain Blood, Sabatini still maintained a great deal of popularity with the reading public through the decades that followed. By the 1940s, illness forced the writer to slow his prolific method of composition. However, he did write several additional works even during that time. His body of work consists of 31 novels, 8 short story colections and 6 books of poetry. He died February 13, 1950 in Switzerland. He is buried at Adelboden, Switzerland.

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