Sep 25, 2020
The Prisoner of Zenda
Posted by Anthony Hope

Anthony Hope s swashbuckling romance transports his English gentleman hero, Rudolf Rassendyll, from a comfortable life in London to fast moving adventures in Ruritania, a mythical land steeped in political intrigue Rassendyll bears a striking resemblance to Rudolf Elphberg who is about to be crowned King of Ruritania When the rival to the throne, Black Michael of StrelsaAnthony Hope s swashbuckling romance transports his English gentleman hero, Rudolf Rassendyll, from a comfortable life in London to fast moving adventures in Ruritania, a mythical land steeped in political intrigue Rassendyll bears a striking resemblance to Rudolf Elphberg who is about to be crowned King of Ruritania When the rival to the throne, Black Michael of Strelsau, attempts to seize power by imprisoning Elphberg in the Castle of Zenda, Rassendyll is obliged to impersonate the King to uphold the rightful sovereignty and ensure political stability Rassendyll endures a trial of strength in his encounters with the notorious Rupert of Hentzau, and a test of a different sort as he grows to love the Princess Flavia Five times filmed, The Prisoner of Zenda has been deservedly popular as a classic of romance and adventure since its publication in 1894.

  • Title: The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Author: Anthony Hope
  • ISBN: 9780140621310
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope s swashbuckling romance transports his English gentleman hero Rudolf Rassendyll from a comfortable life in London to fast moving adventures in Ruritania a mythical land steeped in poli

    Sanjay Gautam

    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 d [...]


    Sarah Sammis

    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 [...]


    K.J. Charles

    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.


    Henry Avila

    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 Eastern European nation.Rudolf is curious to see his distant cousin,and look alike, Rudolf the Fifth a century old family affair, was the cause of this connection.The traveler ,decides to explore a Ruritanian forest, on foot.Getting sleepy, he lies down and falls into a slumber.Imagine when the King ,while hunting with his entourage, dis [...]


    Robert

    I was almost immediately reminded of The 39 Steps when I started this book Both open with a 1st Person account of the protagonist lacking occupation and being idle just before the action begins and both betray unpleasant attitudes, too Buchan s Hannay is much worse in this regard than Hope s Rudolf Hannay is racist, sexist, Imperialist, arrogant and frankly unlikeable Rudolf, however, makes one fairly mild sexist remark There are differences, though Hannay is bored of being idle whereas Rudolf w [...]


    Clare Cannon

    What a great story, a brief but epic adventure Perhaps some may be tempted to rate it lower because it is not the standard rose coloured fairytale, but I don t think that is fair The adventure is fun a monarchy, a feud, a capture, a farce and a fight, but it is the heroic romance which makes it truly great.Zenda shows the antithesis of Twilight s selfish, obsessive love There s a paragraph in my Twilight review which is apt here One of the most serious issues in Twilight is the glorification of [...]


    Bev

    The Prisoner of Zenda is a fun little tale of adventure and derring do written at the turn of the century the 19th century, that is by Anthony Hope It is a well known tale There is danger to a famous personage in this case, the King of Ruritania and there just happens to be a distant cousin who looks exactly like him on the spot who can fill in and help out There have been many a book and many a film based on this idea Danny Kaye starred in perhaps five different versions of this sort of thing , [...]


    The Rags of Time

    The Prisoner of Zenda is a classic story taking place in the fictional German state Ruritania a word which has come to be a generic term for small fictional country in Europe which saved the writer the trouble of too much research , so well known was Anthony Hope s story once I should probably state up front that I love fictional places countries, cities, stately homes, the occasional uninhabited island You name it That I would sooner or later have to visit Ruritania was obviously inevitable.The [...]


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    Alex

    Prisoner of Zenda 1894 is a little slip of a book its influence is heavier than its pages Filmed numerous times, including as El pointed out once when it was called Dave and had Kevin Kline in it, and another time when it played out in the background of a Bojack Horseman episode.And it was the major influence on Nabokov s Pale Fire, which basically amounts to an extended trippy metafictional cover of the same story Here s on the similarities, if you need convincing The story what, you haven t s [...]


    Gerry

    Having been disappointed by a couple of recent reads, I thought I would revisit a book from many years ago, one that I thoroughly enjoyed at that time And my re read was not to disappoint for The Prisoner of Zenda is just as fresh and thrilling now as it was then And one can always reflect back to the 1937 and 1952 film versions when Ronald Colman, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, C Aubrey Smith, Madeleine Carroll and others 1937 and Stewart Granger, James Mason, Deborah Kerr and the rest 1952 swashbuckled [...]


    El

    As it starts getting really cold outdoors, and as the snow starts to come down and actually stick, I always seem to get the urge to read a good, swashbuckling novel Swords Trickery Escapades Love affairs These are the things that keep me warm as the weather changes A big mug of hot tea and an adventure story are all I really ask.This year the best choice was The Prisoner of Zenda Surprisingly as I read and began to understood the plot, the first thing to come to mind was the 1993 film with Kevin [...]


    Liberty

    Wow What an incredible book Much better than I ever expected It is the story of a man who is devoted to following his duty, no matter the cost, even to the woman he loves Webster describes Duty as That which a person owes to another that which a person is bound, by any natural, moral or legal obligation, to pay, do or perform Obedience to princes, magistrates and the laws is the duty of every citizen and subject obedience, respect and kindness to parents are duties of children fidelity to friend [...]


    Kimbolimbo

    This book was actually better than I thought it was going to be There was a lot of fighting and a bit of romance I think I will look for the sequels While the men are a bit feminine that doesn t stop them from fighting and killing to defend the women they love There is great talk of honor and loyalty which are some of my favorite topics Read this, it is fast and fun.


    Mahmut Homsi

    I Like this kind of novels but I didn t like the conclusion,I wish the king were killed and the hero were married to the princessThe love depends on the personality cos even if u are not the king I ll love u and that is the message between rudolf and the princess but unfortunately they weren t married


    Lacie

    Loved It.


    Allison Tebo

    Big shout out to Jessica Prescott to recommending this to me thanks girl At last, a good old fashioned swashbuckling adventure I loved the writing style so rich and yet so easy to read and I really liked the MC even though he was playing a rather fast playboy, he was intelligent, noble hearted and decisive I was actually involved in this romance then say, anything in TSP series Instead of spelling out every heartbeat and exchanged look there is IMPLIED romance, which I find romantic Many writ [...]


    Emily

    But if Fate made me a king the least I could do was play the part handsomely.Apparently this classic adventure novel was written in less than a month by Anthony Hope in 1894, and it s endured ever since there s a 1937 movie that I will have to acquire somehow, and the BBC recently adapted it in the 80s and it s easy to see why This is a truly delightful, swashbuckling story that includes several of my favorite elements love, impersonation, duels over honor, treachery, castles, mysterious women w [...]


    Tisha

    Although it felt like reading an adult, adventurous version of the classic The Prince and the Pauper, I have quite enjoyed it.


    ci chong

    One of the best adventure stories I ve ever come across.A thrilling tale of daring,double identities,drugged Kings and devious Dukes of sword fighting,villians, and heroes great and small in short, everything a swashbuckling tale of love and loyalty should have Hope s mastery is amazing from the first start of the action it flows like a rushing river,seamless, timeless, effortless, breathless.The characters are as vivid as the red hair of the Hapsburgs the King, a weak,indecisive character one y [...]


    Chloe

    Adventure, romance, mystery, humor and a generally quirky nature What s not to love The Prisoner of Zenda is one of the most enjoyable books to settle down with and read cover to cover The main character s rather laid back personality and endearing humor guides the reader through an adventure story of political intrigue and swashbuckling fun It is THE story for those who have finished The Scarlet Pimpernel books and want something else to read.


    Schuyler

    4.5 stars The moral conclusions were epically meaty in the midst of the fun This book achieves tight plotting, unique characters, and a vivid look at honor Definitely a book for budding writers to study and emulate Only flaw was scattered uses of profanity May do a longer review eventually.


    Qt

    Brisk and highly entertaining adventure Nicely written, with amusing touches and, in my copy, some very nice illustrations The end, though, was to me rather sad in a way, and a bit unresolved, but it also hints at a sequel.which I ll have to look for.


    Kaph

    Verdict A competently swashbuckling semi fairytale, Though, in a rare reversal, I think I might prefer it in film form.My ebook reading seems to be aligning itself into themes It started with a devouring of scifi courtesy of H G Wells and now I ve fallen into a genre of book that can best be described as novels where Errol Flynn should play the main character in the movie adaptation I suppose in the interest of conciecety we could label the genere swashbuckle Well, Prisoner of Zenda was my secon [...]


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    Derek

    It s kind of sad that I m experiencing this through the lens of Royal Flash and, now that I think of it, the Kevin Kline vehicle Dave The former tarnishes the unlikely nobility and ready aplomb with a postmodern antiheroic reformulation, while the second omits essential swordfighting, which would have livened up the second act.This is admittedly a lunatic tale of wild coincidences, improbable resemblances, madcap derring do, and high nobility and romance Rassendyll is as preposterously honorable [...]


    Diana Long

    Dickens gave us The Prince and The Pauper , Dumas wrote The Man in the Iron Mask and author Anthony Hope gives us The Prisoner of Zenda By today s standards the discourses between the characters might appear a bit sappy, but being published in 1894, the Victorian ladies might have blushed and swooned as the hero of the story saves the day and the throne of an imaginary country I enjoyed every part of the story, it was a delightful read and I can understand why it was made into a visual many time [...]


    Zarin Haider



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