“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”
Scaramouche is one of the all-time classic swashbuckling novels. Like Dumas, Sabatini has a gift for infusing exciting adventures with intense emotional depth. Scaramouche, a book set in France during the Revolution written by an Italian author, was originally written in English and so bleeble blop blorp blonk.
Brief plot summary
Andre-Louis is the illegitimate child of an unknown, probably noble, father. Traines as a lawyer, he was raised in Brittany with his godfather. When the local marquis kills his best friend in a duel, Andre-Louis decides to seek justice for the murder. A series of misadventures results in Andre-Louis becoming a wanted man for (perhaps unintentionally) inciting revolution. Going undercover with a group of Commedia dell’arte players, he takes on the guise of the stock character Scaramouche.