The Prisoner of Zenda
The Prisoner of Zenda is an adventure novel by Anthony Hope. The king of the fictional country of Ruritania is abducted on the eve of his coronation, and the protagonist, is persuaded to act as his political decoy in an attempt to save the situation. The Prisoner of Zenda is an adventure novel by Anthony Hope, published in 1894. The protagonist is an English gentleman on holiday who fortuitously resembles the monarch.The villainous Rupert of Hentzau gave his name to the sequel published in 1898, which is included in some editions of this novel. The books were extremely popular and inspired a new genre of Ruritanian romance.
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Following a 'normal' opening chapter, featuring the hero - Rudolph - chatting with his brother and sister-in-law at their English home, the tale moves quickly from a realist setting to dangerous adventure in the fictitious country of Ruriritania. I enjoyed this novel on the whole but at times I found it slightly irritating owing to long explanations of what the protagonists were 'going to do'. As predicted, whenever these explanations occur they seldom go ahead as planned, leading to a different outcome. This change in outcome, of course, leads to a long explanation of why things went wrong. On the plus side, Rudolph's first person narrative is essentially upbeat. Mr Hope has created some fine characters and his plotting skills are admirable.
Review: The Prisoner of Zenda (The Ruritania Trilogy #2)User Review - Goodreads
I was curious about reading The Prisoner of Zenda because it started the "Ruritanian romance" genre, in which a foreigner visits a small kingdom (usually European) and becomes embroiled in royal ...