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The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

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The hugely successful romantic adventure story which continues to thrill a century after it was written. It has all the classic ingredients - a twisting plot of betrayal and deception, love interest, great swashbuckling action and a most beguiling villain in Rupert of Hentzau, who captured the publics imagination and had them begging the author for a sequel - and he obliged. Rudolph Rassendyll visits Ruritania, with whose Royal Family he has a connection because of a scandalous sexual indiscretion in the past. When the heir apparent is kidnapped, Rudolph by virtue of his physical similarity to the new ruler, is plunged into a sequence of events in which he is crowned then must rescue ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ in order to continue the royal line and pay court to the Princess Flavia - the latter task coming very easy to him as he falls deeply in love.
The idea of the double who saves the king and his country while keeping the flame of passion alive in the princess keeps the listener glued to the story from beginning to end. The action sequences are well told - the author does not gloss over the gore, and the sentiment between the two lovers is well observed. A terrific, original tale much imitated by succeeding authors - but never bettered. Great entertainment and part of literary history!

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