The Old Man in the Corner

By: snowgood

Jan 13 2019

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Category: books, literature

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My recent reading material arrived over Christmas, and I’m now doing my best to get through various titles.

I guess I’d liken it to a good meal with a few greens.  Get through the veg, and then settle down to main ingredients.

Baroness Orczy wrote numerous stories which were published between 1899 and 1947.

I’ve never read her work before, but vaguely recall watching “The Scarlet Pimpernel” which was a film adaptation of her best selling book.

But I digress.  This 280 page book was been written in the format of an old sage explaining his theories on murders and mysteries to a young hack.

The latter “Polly Burton” hardly says a thing, but listens intently to her “tutor”.

In truth the stories are too short for the reader to give tuppence for each of the various characters.

Although at the time the genre was only just getting established, and probably sold well alongside the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels.

Recommended Reader? Probably suit an inquisitive teenager.

Happy Discovery. In my research for this post I discovered Leslie Howard (one of my favourite actors starred in the 1934 film adaptation of Baron Orczy’s Scarlet Pimpernel.

I’ll be watching that on You Tube.

 

 

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