The Strolling Saint (Dodo Press) Paperback – Jun 1 2007
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About the Author
Rafael Sabatini, creator of some of the world’s best-loved heroes, was born in Italy in 1875 to an English mother and Italian father, both well-known opera singers. He was educated in Portugal and Switzerland, but at seventeen moved to England, where, after a brief stint in the business world, he started to write. Fluent in a total of five languages, he nonetheless chose to write in English, claiming that ‘all the best stories are written in [that language]’. His writing career was launched with a collection of short stories, followed by several novels. Fame, however, came with ‘Scaramouche’, the much-loved story of the French Revolution, which became an international bestseller. ‘Captain Blood’ followed soon after, which resulted in a renewed enthusiasm for his earlier work which were rushed into reprint. For many years a prolific writer, he was forced to abandon writing in the 1940’s through illness and eventually died in 1950. Sabatini is best remembered for his heroic characters and high-spirited novels, many of which have been adapted into classic films, including Scaramouche, Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk. They appeal to both a male and female audience with drama, romance and action, all placed in historical settings. It was once stated in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ that ‘one wonders if there is another storyteller so adroit at filling his pages with intrigue and counter-intrigue, with danger threaded with romance, with a background of lavish colour, of silks and velvets, of swords and jewels.’ --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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In seeking other than in myself-as men will-the causes of my tribulations, I have often inclined to lay the blame of much of the ill that befell me, and the ill that in my sinful life I did to others, upon those who held my mother at the baptismal font and concerted that she should bear the name of Monica. Read the first page
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One of the great virtues of Sabatini as a writer (other than his unique and amazing way of telling a rousing story), is the way he hews to the facts of history as we know them. His research is meticulous and impeccable. His eye for detail is like an eagle's. His short, pithy remarks that sum up the character of someone is enviable...I wish I could write like that! "For Lochmore's father had been possessed of an affectation for scholarship, and he had assembled and displayed here the outward signs of an inwardly absent grace of mind." There's an economy and a vividness in that one sentence that, I'm sure, evokes for each of us someone we know who's just like that.
Another of Sabatini's great virtues is the sheer volume of his work (31 novels, all of which are good and 27 or so are great) combined with the wide range of history he's completely at home in...from the 1400's in Italy to the French revolution. If you like this, check out Bellarion, another one of the overlooked masterpieces. Yes, there are his "Big Books" turned into movies with Errol Flynn (how can you lose?)...Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk and Scaramouche (probably his best...how can you resist an author who can make you laugh about the French Revolution?) and they each have 100 reviews. But Sabatini is much more than those, and this book, for instance, is much better than Captain Blood, which has a combined rating close to 5 stars.