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Rafael Sabatini (1875–1950)

Auteur van Scaramouche

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Over de Auteur

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 toon meer 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. (Bowker Author Biography) toon minder
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Werken van Rafael Sabatini

Scaramouche (1921) 1,717 exemplaren
Captain Blood: His Odyssey (1922) 1,652 exemplaren
The Sea-Hawk (1915) — Auteur — 621 exemplaren
Captain Blood Returns (1931) 168 exemplaren
The Black Swan (1932) 139 exemplaren
The Fortunes of Captain Blood (1936) 138 exemplaren
The Life of Cesare Borgia (1912) 135 exemplaren
Mistress Wilding (1910) 124 exemplaren
Bardelys the Magnificent (1905) 109 exemplaren
De herbergridder (1904) 105 exemplaren
Bellarion (1926) 99 exemplaren
St. Martin's Summer (1909) 83 exemplaren
Fortune's Fool (1923) 78 exemplaren
Captain Blood [1935 film] (1935) — Auteur — 73 exemplaren
The Snare (1917) 73 exemplaren
Master-At-Arms (1940) 72 exemplaren
Scaramouche de speurhond (1931) 71 exemplaren
The Hounds of God (1928) 64 exemplaren
The Lion's Skin (1911) 60 exemplaren
The Carolinian (1924) 60 exemplaren
The Banner of the Bull (1915) 59 exemplaren
De verdwenen koning (1937) 57 exemplaren
Venetian Masque (1934) 55 exemplaren
Love-at-Arms (1907) 53 exemplaren
The Trampling of the Lilies (1906) 51 exemplaren
The King's Minion (1930) 50 exemplaren
The Shame of Motley (1908) — Auteur — 50 exemplaren
The Sword of Islam (1939) 43 exemplaren
The Romantic Prince (1929) 42 exemplaren
Chivalry (1935) 35 exemplaren
King in Prussia (1944) 33 exemplaren
The Gamester (1949) 33 exemplaren
The Gates of Doom (1914) 31 exemplaren
Scaramouche [1952 film] (2000) — Original novel — 28 exemplaren
The Stalking Horse (1933) 28 exemplaren
The Nuptials of Corbal (1927) 24 exemplaren
Columbus (1940) 24 exemplaren
The Suitors of Yvonne (1902) 20 exemplaren
A Century of Sea Stories (1935) 17 exemplaren
Turbulent Tales (1946) 12 exemplaren
Justice Of The Duke (1900) 7 exemplaren
The Rafael Sabatini Megapack (2012) 7 exemplaren
The Red Mask 4 exemplaren
Heroic lives; (1934) 4 exemplaren
The reaping (1929) 4 exemplaren
The Outlaws of Falkensteig (2000) 3 exemplaren
A century of historical stories (1936) 3 exemplaren
Romances Of Italy 2 exemplaren
A Fair Head of Fish Stories (1989) 2 exemplaren
The Word of Borgia (2016) 2 exemplaren
Lásky kapitána Blooda (1992) 2 exemplaren
Saga of the Sea 2 exemplaren
The Writings of Rafael Sabatini (1924) 2 exemplaren
The Spiritualist 2 exemplaren
Fortune’s Fool 1 exemplaar
Scaramouche Livro 1 (1991) 1 exemplaar
De fiere vrijbuiter 1 exemplaar
El favorito 1 exemplaar
Rytíř z taverny 1 exemplaar
The Treasure Ship (2004) 1 exemplaar
El Hombre de paja 1 exemplaar
O gavião do mar 1 exemplaar
Suurepärane bardelys (2005) 1 exemplaar
Kuningattaren lähetti (1973) 1 exemplaar
Wirgman's Theory (2014) 1 exemplaar
En el umbral de la muerte (1947) 1 exemplaar
De dolende heilige 1 exemplaar
De lelies vertrapt 1 exemplaar
Paola (1970) 1 exemplaar
El príncipe romantico (1975) 1 exemplaar
The Fortunes of Lal Faversham (2005) 1 exemplaar
Pavillon noir (1994) 1 exemplaar

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The Big Book of Adventure Stories (2011) — Medewerker — 110 exemplaren
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The Oxford Book of Historical Stories (1994) — Medewerker — 40 exemplaren
The Black Swan [1942 film] (1942) — Original novel — 35 exemplaren
Great English Short Stories (1930) — Medewerker — 20 exemplaren
Christopher Columbus [1949 film] (2011) — Original novel — 5 exemplaren
The book of the sea trout (1917) — Redacteur — 5 exemplaren
Fisherman's pie : an angling symposium (1926) — Introductie — 3 exemplaren
Adventure Tales #7: Classic Tales from the Pulps (2014) — Medewerker — 2 exemplaren
Adventure, June 3, 1921 — Medewerker — 1 exemplaar
Ellery Queen's 1966 Anthology — Medewerker — 1 exemplaar


Algemene kennis

Gangbare naam
Sabatini, Rafael
Adelboden, Switzerland
Italy (birth)
UK (naturalization)
Jesi, Italy
Plaats van overlijden
Adelboden, Switzerland
Iesi, Italy
Lancashire, England, UK
Porto, Portugal
Zug, Switzerland
Liverpool, England, UK
London, England, UK (toon alle 8)
Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, UK
Adelboden, Switzerland
short-story writer
historical novelist
intelligence agent
Stuart, Hamish (friend)
Korte biografie
"He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad," describes Sabatini's most famous character, Scaramouche, and perhaps the author himself. His works were an international success in his own time and are still popular. Best known are his swashbucklers -- many of whom have been made into films -- and his books about Cesare Borgia.



This books was incredibly frustrating as the protagonist, Andre-Louis Moreau, is the definition of a Marty Stu. He's good at everything. He's super charming, so when he makes a bunch of very wrong assumptions, he's immediately forgiven. Everyone loves him, and every woman fell in love with him. On top of this, he refuses to help his friends save their friends from getting massacred in duels until he personally benefits from these encounters, even though he's the best fencer in the city. He is the definition of male privilege! Sabatini's novels are typically like this, but he usually offsets his perfect characters with descriptive prose regarding battles and genuinely clever plots to cheat the enemy that it becomes more amusing. Also, usually his male characters have at least one fault. AL's only fault was revealed at the end, and it was that he was a coward (which he is): he runs away from everything, but he's still celebrated as some sort of hero.

AL gets his cake and eats it too. He goes around as a republican, touting how people born into privilege shouldn't run the country or be considered great just because of their birth. While we agree with these sentiments now, that wasn't the case back then. Back then, these republicans were stealing the aristocrats of their land, homes, and their way of life. Not only that but what followed was the French Revolution, and we know how much of a mess that was. To the old-timers, the republicans had brought hellfire down on everyone. YET, at the end of the novel, AL gets the girl of his dreams and lives with his RICH AF family, completely forgiven! Seriously?!

Not only that, but the aristocrats were more likable in general. Yes, they were overpowered, but they had more heart. They looked out for each other. Granted, their friends and family have more resources than servants, but they seem to genuinely care about each other, even when they've hurt each other. AL always assumed he was right and would break his own principles for personal gain and never had an existential crisis about it. In contrast, Azyr was a terrible person, but he tried to atone for his mistakes, and he fought for what was his, while AL let himself get chased out of multiple towns. Azyr's behavior makes sense based on the ideologies he grew up with while AL is just an entitled jerk. The former is sympathetic while the latter is not.

In the end, AL changed society enough that he always ended on top, even though everyone else lost their homes, friends, and everything they owned. He might've lost some things in the process, but his mentality and heartlessness prevented him from caring. As a result, I didn't care about him or for this book.

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readerbug2 | 53 andere besprekingen | Nov 16, 2023 |
Sabatini novels are just so fun. The exploits are daring. The heroes are dashing, and the women bring a fresh dimension and a sweet romance. This book has everything, and is a great, relaxing read.

It's hard to write engaging action scenes, but Sabatini's are always exciting. There are naval battles, sword fights, and battles of wit that keep the reader on their toes. The hero, Charles de Bernis, is a cocky yet brilliant buccaneer. Sabatini's heroes tend to be good at everything, so they can come off as a bit Marty Stu, but this didn't bother me about de Bernis. While he was daring and charming, he seemed realistic. The stakes were believably high, and I think that was largely in part due to the presence of Priscilla. Everything de Bernis did was for her safety, and his anxieties for her (initially chivalric but later romantic) humanized him because they showed his vulnerable side.

This review comes on the heels of my second time reading this book, and I picked up on things I had missed previously. Most notably was the character of Priscilla. We meet her lounging upon a daybed onboard a ship bound for England. She is wealthy and spoiled, but not mean. Over the course of the novel, she grows into a self-sufficient woman who both balances out her romantic partner and complements him. She has a lot more agency than I remembered, which I enjoyed reading about. She does need saving from time to time, but this is a book written in the 1920s about the eighteenth century, so it's in keeping with the time period. Astute yet quiet, Priscilla is a likable heroine because she neither simpers nor faints too often but rather faces danger head on.

If you're looking for a light read about pirates with an authentic feel yet uncomplicated characters, then I recommend this book. You can't go wrong with Sabatini, in general, but this book is one of my favorites of his.
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readerbug2 | 3 andere besprekingen | Nov 16, 2023 |
A young lawyer, with good reflexes passes from being a cynical demagogue to a strolling actor, and finally a respected member of the French refugee community in England during the upheavals of the French revolution. It is a passable entertainment which maintained the author's income.
DinadansFriend | 53 andere besprekingen | Sep 22, 2023 |
Now a days one might make a TV series, full of combat scenes and romantic interludes. The producers, given attractive leads would get three seasons out of it. But there is not that much market for fencing currently, so, this tale of a talented athlete moves from an exhibiter of his skills upon the stage, through being perhaps an assassin for politics to a secret agent, defending his beloved Brittany from the machinations of the Paris government devised by that able but vile man Napoleon Buonaparte, might not find favour after all. But within its limits, it is certainly a couterblast to the rather feeble, "The Companions of Jehu" by Dumas. The Title when I encountered this novel, was "Quentin de Morlaix."… (meer)
DinadansFriend | 2 andere besprekingen | Sep 15, 2023 |



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