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. Sp
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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 earlier when the infant Andre-Louis was brought there, Quentin de Kercadiou, Lord of that settlement, announces that he is the “Godfather”, the people are amused. Obviously the child is a product of an ill-fated romance, and Monsieur Kercadiou, is the father,
“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”
Everybody and their brother quote the opening sentence of the book and no wonder: it really is very much quotable. In this case I do not want stand up in the crowd and there you have it.
André-Louis Moreau was born from unknown parents and raised by a local lord Quentin de Kercadiou. Thanks to him André-Louis received a good education and became a lawyer. We are talking about France right before the revolution.
Try as he co
it was amazing
4.5 stars for this swashbuckling historical novel 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, Quentin 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 Marquis de la Tour d’Azyr for practical reasons, not love, he’s deeply disappointed. Things get worse wh
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 more than I expected: It’s a quick-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 days!
So this happened.
This novel was first published in 1921, so it’s free on Project Gutenberg. Mamma mia!
January 2018 group read with the Retro Reads group.