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The Strolling Saint (Dodo Press) Paperback – Jun 1 2007
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About the Author
Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950), of Italian and English parentage, was a prolific and best-selling author. He wrote in English, his adopted language. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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.