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Leo Tolstoy's epic novel—featuring hundreds of characters, numerous plot threads, and a battle sequence that lasts more than 20 chapters—is the literary equivalent of a marathon. Here are a few facts about the author who was born years ago today , his struggles to bring War and Peace to life, and the lasting impact the work has had in Russia and beyond. Serializing a work of fiction was common for writers at the time, and a way for Tolstoy to support himself as he continued working on the novel. Tolstoy envisioned a trilogy that centered on the attempted overthrow of Tsar Nicolas I by a group of military officers who became known as The Decembrists. The second book would focus on their failed uprising, with a third book following the officers during their exile and eventual return from Siberia.
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The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first novel in a series of historical fiction by Baroness Orczy , published in It was written after her stage play of the same title enjoyed a long run in London, having opened in Nottingham in The novel is set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution. The title is the nom de guerre of its hero and protagonist, a chivalrous Englishman who rescues aristocrats before they are sent to the guillotine. Sir Percy Blakeney leads a double life : apparently nothing more than a wealthy fop , but in reality a formidable swordsman and a quick-thinking escape artist..
And talking. And how does a British banger compare to the best German wurst. And with that, the memories keep tumbling out. How they were cast as two of the three wise men in the nursery school nativity play. The blue and red scooters they played on.