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Rafael Sabatini (1875–1950)

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Rafael Sabatini was born April 29, 1875 in Jesi, Italy. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages, and attending school in Portugal and, as a teenager, in Switzerland. By the time he was seventeen, when he went to England to live permanently, he could speak five languages. He quickly vis mere added English and chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English." After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. It took Sabatini almost a quarter of century before he attained success with Scaramouche in 1921. It became an international best-seller. Captain Blood followed in 1922 and was equally as successful. Sabatini was a prolific writer; he produced a new book approximately every year. While he would never achieve the success of Scaramouche and Captain Blood, Sabatini still maintained a great deal of popularity with the reading public through the decades that followed. By the 1940s, illness forced the writer to slow his prolific method of composition. However, he did write several additional works even during that time. His body of work consists of 31 novels, 8 short story colections and 6 books of poetry. He died February 13, 1950 in Switzerland. He is buried at Adelboden, Switzerland. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Rafael Sabatini

Scaramouche (1921) 1,743 eksemplarer
Captain Blood (1922) 1,687 eksemplarer
Havørnen (1915) — Forfatter — 631 eksemplarer
Captain Blood Returns (1931) 171 eksemplarer
The Fortunes of Captain Blood (1936) 142 eksemplarer
The Black Swan (1932) 141 eksemplarer
The Life of Cesare Borgia (1912) 136 eksemplarer
Mistress Wilding (1910) 126 eksemplarer
Bardelys the Magnificent (1905) 110 eksemplarer
The Tavern Knight (1904) 106 eksemplarer
Bellarion (1926) 103 eksemplarer
St. Martin's Summer (1909) 84 eksemplarer
Fortune's Fool (1923) 81 eksemplarer
Captain Blood [1935 film] (1935) — Forfatter — 78 eksemplarer
The Snare (1917) 74 eksemplarer
Scaramouche the King-Maker (1931) 73 eksemplarer
Master-At-Arms (1940) 73 eksemplarer
The Hounds of God (1928) 65 eksemplarer
The Lion's Skin (1911) 62 eksemplarer
The Carolinian (1924) 60 eksemplarer
The Banner of the Bull (1915) 60 eksemplarer
The Lost King (1937) 57 eksemplarer
Venetian Masque (1934) 56 eksemplarer
Love-at-Arms (1907) 54 eksemplarer
The Trampling of the Lilies (1906) 52 eksemplarer
The Shame of Motley (1908) — Forfatter — 51 eksemplarer
The King's Minion (1930) 51 eksemplarer
The Sword of Islam (1939) 46 eksemplarer
The Romantic Prince (1929) 43 eksemplarer
Chivalry (1935) 38 eksemplarer
The Gates of Doom (1914) 33 eksemplarer
King in Prussia (1944) 33 eksemplarer
The Gamester (1949) 33 eksemplarer
The Stalking Horse (1933) 29 eksemplarer
Scaramouche [1952 film] (2000) — Original novel — 28 eksemplarer
The Nuptials of Corbal (1927) 24 eksemplarer
Columbus (1940) 24 eksemplarer
The Suitors of Yvonne (1902) 21 eksemplarer
A Century of Sea Stories (1935) 17 eksemplarer
Turbulent Tales (1946) 12 eksemplarer
Justice Of The Duke (1900) 7 eksemplarer
The Rafael Sabatini Megapack (2012) 7 eksemplarer
The reaping (1929) 4 eksemplarer
Heroic lives; (1934) 4 eksemplarer
The Red Mask 4 eksemplarer
The Outlaws of Falkensteig (2000) 3 eksemplarer
A century of historical stories (1936) 3 eksemplarer
The Word of Borgia (2016) 2 eksemplarer
Tartuffe (2015) 2 eksemplarer
Pavillon noir (1994) 2 eksemplarer
Romances Of Italy 2 eksemplarer
A Fair Head of Fish Stories (1989) 2 eksemplarer
Lásky kapitána Blooda (1992) 2 eksemplarer
The Spiritualist 2 eksemplarer
The Writings of Rafael Sabatini (1924) 2 eksemplarer
Saga of the Sea 2 eksemplarer
Rytíř z taverny 1 eksemplar
Havr̜nen 1 eksemplar
Fortune’s Fool 1 eksemplar
Scaramouche Livro 1 (1991) 1 eksemplar
The Treasure Ship (2004) 1 eksemplar
Kapitan Blood 1 eksemplar
Kuningattaren lähetti (1973) 1 eksemplar
De lelies vertrapt 1 eksemplar
De dolende heilige 1 eksemplar
Suurepärane bardelys (2005) 1 eksemplar
El Hombre de paja 1 eksemplar
Paola (1970) 1 eksemplar
En el umbral de la muerte (1947) 1 eksemplar
Wirgman's Theory (2014) 1 eksemplar
De fiere vrijbuiter 1 eksemplar
El favorito 1 eksemplar
O gavião do mar 1 eksemplar
El príncipe romantico (1975) 1 eksemplar
The Fortunes of Lal Faversham (2005) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Big Book of Adventure Stories (2011) — Bidragyder — 115 eksemplarer
Murder Most Scottish (1656) — Bidragyder — 93 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Historical Stories (1994) — Bidragyder — 40 eksemplarer
The Black Swan [1942 film] (1942) — Original novel — 37 eksemplarer
Great English Short Stories (1930) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Fifty Strangest Stories Ever Told (1937) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
Christopher Columbus [1949 film] (2011) — Original novel — 5 eksemplarer
The book of the sea trout (1917) — Redaktør — 5 eksemplarer
Fisherman's pie : an angling symposium (1926) — Introduktion — 3 eksemplarer
Adventure Tales #7: Classic Tales from the Pulps (2014) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Adventure, June 3, 1921 (1921) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
Ellery Queen's 1966 Anthology — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
Adventure [Vol. 3 No. 2, December 1911] (1911) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Kanonisk navn
Sabatini, Rafael
Adelboden, Switzerland
Italy (birth)
UK (naturalization)
Jesi, Italy
Adelboden, Switzerland
Iesi, Italy
Lancashire, England, UK
Porto, Portugal
Zug, Switzerland
Liverpool, England, UK
London, England, UK (vis alle 8)
Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, UK
Adelboden, Switzerland
short-story writer
historical novelist
intelligence agent
Stuart, Hamish (friend)
Kort biografi
"He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad," describes Sabatini's most famous character, Scaramouche, and perhaps the author himself. His works were an international success in his own time and are still popular. Best known are his swashbucklers -- many of whom have been made into films -- and his books about Cesare Borgia.



Fun exciting classic adventure story. Captain Blood starts as a Doctor. Arrested for helping a rebel, he becomes a prisoner, slave, pirate and governor. There is also a love interest.
nx74defiant | 55 andre anmeldelser | Apr 22, 2024 |
Medieval Italy is our scene. Sabatini attempts to convey the life of aristocrats and soldiers with the emphasis on love! It is no longer a popular treatment.
DinadansFriend | 1 anden anmeldelse | Apr 19, 2024 |
Not bad, reminiscent of Dumas but not as good. Andre-Louis's adventures across revolutionary France were interesting, but the ending was fairly predictable. The villain turned out to be a little more human than we had been led to believe, which was a bit of a surprise, but I guessed early on the role he would play in Andre's life. The absolute self-centeredness of of the aristocracy is well-portrayed, but the characters felt a bit flat. Partly that's due to the omniscient viewpoint, but Dickens did that and his characters spring off the page.

Sabatini leans into the Scaramouche trope, a stock character in traveling troupes of the time, perhaps too much as Andre is also kind of a stock character. The story kept my interest but didn't deliver the excitement of Dumas.
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TheGalaxyGirl | 54 andre anmeldelser | Jan 22, 2024 |
This books was incredibly frustrating as the protagonist, Andre-Louis Moreau, is the definition of a Marty Stu. He's good at everything. He's super charming, so when he makes a bunch of very wrong assumptions, he's immediately forgiven. Everyone loves him, and every woman fell in love with him. On top of this, he refuses to help his friends save their friends from getting massacred in duels until he personally benefits from these encounters, even though he's the best fencer in the city. He is the definition of male privilege! Sabatini's novels are typically like this, but he usually offsets his perfect characters with descriptive prose regarding battles and genuinely clever plots to cheat the enemy that it becomes more amusing. Also, usually his male characters have at least one fault. AL's only fault was revealed at the end, and it was that he was a coward (which he is): he runs away from everything, but he's still celebrated as some sort of hero.

AL gets his cake and eats it too. He goes around as a republican, touting how people born into privilege shouldn't run the country or be considered great just because of their birth. While we agree with these sentiments now, that wasn't the case back then. Back then, these republicans were stealing the aristocrats of their land, homes, and their way of life. Not only that but what followed was the French Revolution, and we know how much of a mess that was. To the old-timers, the republicans had brought hellfire down on everyone. YET, at the end of the novel, AL gets the girl of his dreams and lives with his RICH AF family, completely forgiven! Seriously?!

Not only that, but the aristocrats were more likable in general. Yes, they were overpowered, but they had more heart. They looked out for each other. Granted, their friends and family have more resources than servants, but they seem to genuinely care about each other, even when they've hurt each other. AL always assumed he was right and would break his own principles for personal gain and never had an existential crisis about it. In contrast, Azyr was a terrible person, but he tried to atone for his mistakes, and he fought for what was his, while AL let himself get chased out of multiple towns. Azyr's behavior makes sense based on the ideologies he grew up with while AL is just an entitled jerk. The former is sympathetic while the latter is not.

In the end, AL changed society enough that he always ended on top, even though everyone else lost their homes, friends, and everything they owned. He might've lost some things in the process, but his mentality and heartlessness prevented him from caring. As a result, I didn't care about him or for this book.

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readerbug2 | 54 andre anmeldelser | Nov 16, 2023 |



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