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Castles in the Air

Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
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Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy is a delightful and captivating collection of short stories that transports readers to various historical settings and introduces them to a cast of colorful characters. From French aristocrats to Spanish bandits, each story is rich in detail and filled with adventure, romance, and intrigue.

Orczy's writing is elegant and evocative, painting vivid pictures of lavish ballrooms, windswept moors, and daring escapades. Her characters are well-drawn and complex, each with their own motivations and desires that drive the plot forward. Whether it's a daring rescue mission or a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger, each story is filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the very end.

Overall, Castles in the Air is a wonderful collection that will transport readers to different times and places, leaving them eager for more. For fans of historical fiction and adventure, this book is a must-read.

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Baroness Emma Orczy (full name: Emma (”Emmuska”) Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi) (September 23, 1865 – November 12, 1947) was a British novelist, playwright and artist of Hungarian noble origin. She was most notable for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Castles in the Air, a short novel or perhaps more like a collection of short stories with memories of a French rogue in the early 19th century Paris, was published in 1921 and about it I quote from the foreword: In very truth my good friend Ratichon is an unblushing liar, thief, a forger–anything you will; his vanity is past belief, his scruples are non-existent. How he escaped a convict settlement it is difficult to imagine, and hard to realize that he died–presumably some years after the event recorded in the last chapter of his autobiography–a respected member of the community, honoured by that same society which should have raised a punitive hand against him. (Summary by Wkipedia, Lars Rolander and Emma Orczy)

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 5, 2019
Subject: I really did try
This character was so completely opposite of the Scarlet Pimpernel that I just couldn't keep listening. This character is selfish through and through and completely uncaring of it. I could not get involved in it. Plus, Losh or Loshe or Lars or whatever his name is, is difficult to listen to.
Reviewer: - April 6, 2015
Subject: castles in the air
Another highly enjoyable romp by Emma Orczy. Lars'es narration can take some time to get used to but on the whole is not bad.

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