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The Prisoner of Zenda ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☉ The Prisoner of Zenda Author Anthony Hope – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The seventh in Four Corners Familiars series takes us to Ruritania, a land reminiscent of many Central European countries A new king is about to be crowned, but his brother drugs him and attempts to c The seventh in Four Corners Familiars series takes us to Ruritania, a land reminiscent of many Central European countries A new king is about to be crowned, but his brother drugs him and attempts to The Prisoner PDF or claim the throne for himself To foil him, the king s supporters recruit his cousin to impersonate him at the coronation British artist Mireille Fauchon s handsome edition of the classic adventure novel includes tipped in illustrations.


10 thoughts on “The Prisoner of Zenda

  1. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Rudolf Rassendyll an Englishman, takes a vacation to Ruritania don t look on a map to find it, you won t Set in the 1890 s , a new king, is to be crowned, in this remote Eastern European nation Rudolf is curious to see his distant cousin and look alike, Rudolf the Fifth a century old family affair a scandalnothing else will be saidkept very quiet the cause of this embarrassing connection The traveler decides unwisely to explore an interesting Ruritanian forest on foot, he s i Rudolf Rassendyll an Englishman, takes a vacation to Ruritania don t look on a map to find it, you won t Set in the 1890 s , a new king, is to be crowned, in this remote Eastern European nation Rudolf is curious to see his distant cousin and look alike, Rudolf the Fifth a century old family affair a scandalnothing else will be saidkept very quiet the cause of this embarrassing connection The traveler decides unwisely to explore an interesting Ruritanian forest on foot, he s in no hurry, has all the time in the world, not a surprise getting sleepy and lies down , falls quickly into a deep slumber, the dreams men have aren t always pleasant Can you imagine the King while hunting with a royal entourage, discovers the visitor, with that facehis own the amused monarch has a big laugh, so do the others and makes plans to trick his older , half brother by a morganatic marriage unequal social rank, no titles inherited by the inferior Black Michael, a nickname which describes his character perfectly This man hates King Rudolf, believing , he deserves the throne, not the alcoholic, lazy brother Bringing the unknown relative to his nearby hunting lodge, his majesty, gives him what else, wine, numerous toasts follow, to this and that, anything will do and before long, slips under the table a drugged wine bottle from Michael also, seems a little redundant The commoner isprudent, staying in his chair miraculously, somehow His ambitious brother immediately kidnaps the unconscious King, secretly when the monarch was left alone, assisted greatly by Rupert , his loyal henchman he thinkswrongly Rudolf becomes the Prisoner of Zenda, a impregnable castle fortress, no way to escape either There is but a little problem, tomorrow the coronation Everyone will be there, no king no kingdom he must be presentNo worry, Mr.Rassendyll can impersonate his royal cousin, his close supporters hope, it s not going to be easy, fooling Michael, Flavia, the King s future bride and the rest, until the monarch is rescued A magnificent performance by the commoner could be his final one In the meantime the Englishman, begins to love Princess Flavia and she, him A Problem which is very much not resolvable but is love the only thing , is there somethingimportantSuch as duty to your adoring people Yet Flavia is very beautiful and charming woman


  2. Amit Mishra Amit Mishra says:

    It follows the swashbuckling adventures of Rudolf Rassendyll, an Englishman who bears a striking resemblance to the king of Ruritania.


  3. Sanjay Gautam Sanjay Gautam says:

    It was not an interesting read, though it seemed to be at first I started with some expectations but I soon realized I am going to be bored Yet I kept reading and did not stop till I finished the novel Now, my reactions about the book are not all positive The premise of the book, as seemed to me, was unrealistic but plausible But it was not this that upset me it was the shallow characterization done by the author.The characters were shallow, and uninspiring Anthony Hope never tried to g It was not an interesting read, though it seemed to be at first I started with some expectations but I soon realized I am going to be bored Yet I kept reading and did not stop till I finished the novel Now, my reactions about the book are not all positive The premise of the book, as seemed to me, was unrealistic but plausible But it was not this that upset me it was the shallow characterization done by the author.The characters were shallow, and uninspiring Anthony Hope never tried to give any depth to the characters in the book, and there were no great characters that I could relate to But these problems came to my notice when I was already half way through the book So I decided to finish the book and see what happens in the end My endeavor remained unrewarded It was the constant tension between the hero and the antagonist in the story, that kept me moving forward and is the only reason I am giving this book two stars


  4. K.J. Charles K.J. Charles says:

    Rereading this for the 400th time in prep for writing my own version for Riptide s Queered Classics series This time, I read it from the perspective that the narrator is a lying SOB It s amazing how well it lends itself to that Brilliant book though, with flashes of utter genius in the writing, along with all the expected flaws of Victorian pulp Thus he vanished reckless and wary, graceful and graceless, handsome, debonair, vile, and unconquered Purrrrrr.


  5. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    Getting myself a library card for the first time in years has enabled me to binge on lightweight adventures it seems I don t remember seeing one of the several film versions of this, though that s not saying much, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence and all that Lying in bed last night, reading the last few pages of this book it seemed so clearly related to A Princess of Mars and at least two other books I ve munched down recently That connection this morning, even after coffee, se Getting myself a library card for the first time in years has enabled me to binge on lightweight adventures it seems I don t remember seeing one of the several film versions of this, though that s not saying much, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence and all that Lying in bed last night, reading the last few pages of this book it seemed so clearly related to A Princess of Mars and at least two other books I ve munched down recently That connection this morning, even after coffee, seems cloudy and obscure which is perhaps a sign that this review needs a beer before it can reach a satisfactory conclusion.But anyway, in case you have never heard of this story before, it was written towards the end of the nineteenth century, the author was a practising barrister not to be confused with a barista which is to say a lawyer with the right of audience before the courts view spoiler in Britain the lawyering business is divided between barristers, who have the right to speak in courts, and solicitors who by and large don t, this is a very satisfactory arrangement except for those who have to pay for it hide spoiler anyway he was getting bored, tried to stand for Parliament but not enough people voted for him, so he tried again to write a novel, this time achieving a breakthrough success with this one As you might expect from the author s background the story he wrote has nothing to do with the law nor with conventional politics.The story concerns a wealthy young Englishman called Rudolf whose appearance is indistinguishable from that of another young man called Rudolf who just so happens to be the heir to the kingdom of Ruritania and who is due to be crowned king Naturally Prince Rudolf has a wicked younger brother called Black Michael on account of his wicked heart , both men desire to marry their cousin, the beautiful princess Flavia Michael has at least one devilish and dastardly plot in hand to prevent the coronation of Prince Rudolf view spoiler presumably with a view to crowning himself king, marrying the cousin, and living happily ever after hide spoiler , enter stage right not Prince Rudolf who decides to go on holiday to Ruritania and ends up having a swashbuckling adventure thrown in with the cost of his train fare view spoiler not currently available from travel agents view spoiler well, not the honest ones, no doubt down a dingy back alley there can be found the odd one which will take your money and arrange for you to be dumped naked in a bag at the main train station of a fantasy European kingdom hide spoiler hide spoiler.In common with the above mentioned Mars book, but also The Lost World, Journey to the Centre of the Earth or King Solomon s Mines we can observe that adventure doesn t happen here view spoiler irrespective or where you are reading or I am typing hide spoiler it has to happen out there , here life is regular, organised, it has the grind of daily obligations, everything conspires to make you yawn, job, marriage, even breakfast but contrast you might think of Sherlock Holmes which has a contrary ideological basis in those stories adventure happens everywhere because of the universal tendency of the human heart to criminal acts In time the adventure novel will develop and adventures will happen here to, those stories play with the idea that here is safe and show instead that under the calm, rational surface of everyday life are teeming conspiracies and black hearted deeds At this stage however the known world is safe and therefore boring, the author needs to invent a fantastical and exciting place where adventure can happen, not Mars, a south American plateau, under the earth s surface but in this case Ruritania, a German speaking kingdom that you can reach by train from Dresden.There buckles will be swashed, although we are in the age of firearms, our heroes and the villains prefer to use swords and cudgels view spoiler the weapons of choice in The Wind in the Willows as you will recall too hide spoiler presumably because they arechivalric And obviously it is all about chivalry, such a story aspires to a simpler time when men were real men, women were real women, and upon autopsy black hearted villains were found literally to have black hearts.Naturally if one thinks back to the actual literature of the age of questing knights one recalls that their heroes could be conflicted, adulterous, have curious religious needs, while in the modern day chivalric story all that is stripped away until all you have is a pre Raphaelite image of a pretty lad with a sword and a seductive loose haired model working for 4d the hour The sense of violence being intrinsically validating is far stronger in the Burroughs, here the chivalry and Romantic self denial is far stronger, perhaps I recalled from The Chrysanthemum and the sword how Meiji era Japan was much impressed by the medievalism of late Victorian Europe and so promoted a Japanese version of it back home so the army officer carried a sword, he was not to be the rational mater of logistics and tactics learnt from the study of contemporary warfare, no, he was to he infused with the pure warrior spirit of an earlier age Culturally we might feel this ends in Star Wars as much as in Hiroshima.Hope doesn t go so far, if you will excuse a pun cruelly perpetrated on a man s name Still an Errol Flynn adventure requires to be satisfying, coherent plotting and ideally entertaining characters, perhaps even the clatter of rapier dialogue Prisoner of Zenda is a bit too mild I d say, it s not really melodramatic no moustaches are twirled , nor comic opera enough for those wistfully recalling The Merry Widow, I would say it s a bit comic book, but I understand that comic books themselves are fairly sophisticated these days It s all adventure and relies purely on mistaken identity and quite a suspension of disbelief, so when the good guys make an attempt to free the prisoner of Zenda from the bad guys they abort the attempt the bad guys know that a rescue was attempted because one of their goons gets murdered, however they don t move the prisoner view spoiler nor kill him, and there doesn t seem to be any need for villains to have kept the prisoner alive except to give the good guys somebody to rescue hide spoiler , nor do much to strengthen the defences If one of re writing it with serious intent you would develop the plot in all kinds of directions will friendly neighbouring countries march in with their armies to restore order , might Black Michael stage a coup or does Princess Flavia have enough support among junior officers to stage a counter coup, what about the union of rail workers who will they support, if they go on strike can they bring the country to a halt Hope ignores this in favour of a simple vision political skulduggery is not about controlling committee appointments and patronage, it is about a man with a sword facing down assassins with a coffee table and moonlit swimming in a castle moat It seems almost a pity to say that it could befun


  6. Sarah Sammis Sarah Sammis says:

    The Prisoner of Zenda is one of those books I ve been meaning to read for about twenty years Over the Thanksgiving holiday I finally took the time to read this classic adventure written by Anthony Hope in 1894.The Prisoner of Zenda brings the fairy tale of Mark Twain s The Prince and the Pauper 1888 and Pudd nhead Wilson 1893 4 into the adventure genre for adults Anthony Hope s story of a king kidnapped on the eve of his coronation and his English cousin who takes his place is derring do a The Prisoner of Zenda is one of those books I ve been meaning to read for about twenty years Over the Thanksgiving holiday I finally took the time to read this classic adventure written by Anthony Hope in 1894.The Prisoner of Zenda brings the fairy tale of Mark Twain s The Prince and the Pauper 1888 and Pudd nhead Wilson 1893 4 into the adventure genre for adults Anthony Hope s story of a king kidnapped on the eve of his coronation and his English cousin who takes his place is derring do at its best.Sure the story has been done over and over again but that s because the story is so entertaining It was written at at time before two world wars forever altered the map of Europe Ruritania exists in a time when it was possible to still imagine tiny kingdoms and principalities tucked among the better known countries Think of Ruritania existing along side the duchy of Luxembourg and the principality of Monaco.The hero and narrator of Zenda is twenty nine year Rudolf Rassendyll who shares a name and certain physical features with soon to be crowned Rudolph IV of Ruritania Unfortunately for all those involved, Rudolph IV is an idiot and easily falls prey to a plot to take the crown away from him and possibly end his life To keep things in check while the king can be found and rescued, Rudolf Rassendyll must play the king.Throughout the narrative Rassendyll gives amusing commentary on politics and the responsibilities of leadership All the while he is putting himself in harms way both in his portrayal of the king and in trying to rescue Rudolf IV.I am releasing the copy I read soon through BookCrossing as it came to me from another member I will however be keeping my eyes out for a nice hardback edition for my personal collection


  7. Teal Teal says:

    I m staying with 4 stars, for old times sake This Victorian era novel delighted me as a child, back before the invention of the Young Adult genre, when I read anything I could get my hands on It had been years since I last re read it, so it held some surprises for me this time around There s a zest and verve to the writing that s perfect for a swashbuckling adventure novel Our hero, Rudolf Rassendyl, isof a rogue than I remembered sexual adventures are even hinted at gasp Some I m staying with 4 stars, for old times sake This Victorian era novel delighted me as a child, back before the invention of the Young Adult genre, when I read anything I could get my hands on It had been years since I last re read it, so it held some surprises for me this time around There s a zest and verve to the writing that s perfect for a swashbuckling adventure novel Our hero, Rudolf Rassendyl, isof a rogue than I remembered sexual adventures are even hinted at gasp Somebody pass me the smelling salts It s difficult for me to imagine anyone coming to this book as an adult, today, and being willing to cut it much slack It s very much a product of its time but then, it s a rare book that isn t Rudolph, as a handsome, wealthy young British aristocrat, without a title but with plenty of means to indulge his whims, is oblivious white male privilege personified Yes, a true Victorian hero with all the self satisfaction that implies His love for the Princess Flavia is insta, and there s plenty of noble forbearance, manly bonding through barely repressed emotions, and stiff upper lipping.And then there s Rupert of Hentzau He starts out as a minor villain in the story, appearing on page for the first time only at the halfway mark, but then proceeds to steal the author s attention and reduce the main villain to pretty much an afterthought in the reader s mind He steals Rudolph s attention as well Rudolph simply cannot help admiring Rupert s handsomeness, his youthful figure, his thick curly hair, his insolent smile, his dauntless courage, his free spirit, his physical grace, his irrepressible humor in the face of danger Princess Flavia who It s such an amusing case of an author being seduced by his own creation Unsurprisingly, the sequel to this book is wait for it Rupert of Hentzau.Such fun Seriously flawed from the modern standpoint, but I sure was lucky to have found this book when I was a kid


  8. Manny Manny says:

    Not as good as the Flashman version, but essential background nonetheless.Working through my elementary Persian grammar, I notice that the Persian word for prison is , zendan Looking around, I find other people who have pointed this out e.g here but so far I haven t come across anyone who knows if it sthan a coincidence Not as good as the Flashman version, but essential background nonetheless.Working through my elementary Persian grammar, I notice that the Persian word for prison is , zendan Looking around, I find other people who have pointed this out e.g here but so far I haven t come across anyone who knows if it sthan a coincidence


  9. Werner Werner says:

    On a raw and damp morning in the England of 1733, according to the author s premise, a British nobleman named James Rassendyll fought a duel with a visiting prince of the House of Elphberg, the royal family of the fictional Central European country of Ruritania Severely wounded, the prince returned home, where he recovered and subsequently ascended the throne, married and continued the royal line James contracted a severe respiratory illness on the occasion and died of it this was the pre On a raw and damp morning in the England of 1733, according to the author s premise, a British nobleman named James Rassendyll fought a duel with a visiting prince of the House of Elphberg, the royal family of the fictional Central European country of Ruritania Severely wounded, the prince returned home, where he recovered and subsequently ascended the throne, married and continued the royal line James contracted a severe respiratory illness on the occasion and died of it this was the pre antibiotic era six months later, leaving his beautiful widow seven months pregnant with her first son When born, the boy was legally presumed to be her husband s child and succeeded to the earldom BUT, he proved to have the distinctive Elphberg long, sharp, straight nose, dark red hair and blue eyes, features not typical of the previous Rassendylls Even in an age before DNA testing and real knowledge of genetics, this provoked conjecture Of course, in the 18th century, despite both lip service to Christian morals and a traditional sexual double standard, the English aristocracy tended to politely overlook rampant marital infidelity by both husbands and wives, as long as neither spouse was tactless enough to mention it in public Elphberg features continued to crop out in the subsequent generations of Rassendylls, who privately knew though they didn t broadcast the fact that they were essentially an out of wedlock branch of the Elphbergs In the author s present, the Elphberg look is particularly marked in younger son Rudolf He s a former Army officer, now unemployed and having the late Victorian equivalent of a trust fund not at all interested in being employed His military training has made him very competent with a sword and a pistol, and a good rider he also happened to be educated in a German university, so is German speaking Although the rupture of World War I tended to subsequently obscure this, in real life England and Germany had a lot of that kind of cultural contact in the pre war generations, and even a fair amount of intermarriage in the aristocratic families so Rudolf s college experience isn t at all unrealistic The Ruritanian king having died recently, Rudolf decides on a whim to attend the coronation of the new king, his namesake Prince Rudolf When the two meet, they discover that they re physically almost exact doubles That resemblance is going to come in very handy, because trouble is brewing in Ruritania King Rudolf s not exactly loving younger half brother Duke Michael would prefer to be king himself and neither filial affection nor respect for human life are very high on his list of values.Rudolf Rassendyll is a first person narrator, and it took me a while to warm up to him He came across to me initially as too flippant, and exuding a smug attitude of entitlement that I consider one of the worst consequences of hereditary aristocracy But his tone getsserious before long and this proved to be at once a very stirring tale of intrigue, violence, plotting and counter plotting, with a lot of suspense and action in the face of very real challenges and jeopardies, and a serious exploration of challenging questions of right and wrong, the meaning and value of honor and integrity, of choices between self service and self sacrifice The clean romantic component of the story is flawed by an insta love factor which, on examination, isn t too credible but it still lends a very real, compelling emotional power to the tale Hope doesn t examine the political and socio economic realities of the class conscious, largely elitist and exploitative social order in which his characters move an order destined to be swept away in about 20 years in the convulsions of the Great War , and that s a detrimental blind spot But he also evokes a mind set of principle, honor and integrity which the war would also largely sweep away and which is muchmissed by those who have the discernment to miss such things.One final comment needs to be made Another Goodreader, commenting on the book, complained of the lack of female characters, save for the simpering princess and a housekeeper whose role is minor However, Princess Flavia never simpers here she comes across as a strong inside, intelligent and morally sensitive woman of patriotism and principle, who inspires real respect And she s far from the only significant female character here Antoinette de Mauban, Lady Burlesdon, and even the innkeeper s daughter all play important roles in the story, in their different ways, and they re all well drawn, and even sympathetic characters despite foibles , who come across as capable people, not caricatures of female ineptitude Granted, in keeping with 19th century gender attitudes, they aren t primarily fighters though one might give some characters, and readers, a surprise in that regard But this is far from being the kind of guys only, no girls allowed book that some of the novels by Hope s contemporary, Robert Louis Stevenson, are.Overall, this was a book I likedthan I expected to I d recommend it to all fans of Romantic classics, and especially of action adventure fiction


  10. AhmEd ElsayEd AhmEd ElsayEd says:

    The Prisoner Of ZendaA Great classic adventure God save the king both kings


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