Castles in the Air

Baroness ORCZY (1865 - 1947)


Baroness Emma Orczy (full name: Emma ("Emmuska") Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi) (September 23, 1865 – November 12, 1947) was a British novelist, playwright and artist of Hungarian noble origin. She was most notable for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Castles in the Air, a short novel or perhaps more like a collection of short stories with memories of a French rogue in the early 19th century Paris, was published in 1921 and about it I quote from the foreword: "In very truth my good friend Ratichon is an unblushing liar, thief, a forger--anything you will; his vanity is past belief, his scruples are non-existent. How he escaped a convict settlement it is difficult to imagine, and hard to realize that he died--presumably some years after the event recorded in the last chapter of his autobiography--a respected member of the community, honoured by that same society which should have raised a punitive hand against him." (Summary by Wikipedia, Lars Rolander and Emma Orczy)

Genre(s): General Fiction, Short Stories

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Foreword Lars Rolander
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Play 01 Chapter I - A Roland for his Oliver Pt 1 Lars Rolander
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Play 02 Chapter I - A Roland for his Oliver Pt 2 Lars Rolander
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Play 03 Chapter II - A Fool's Paradise Pt 1 Lars Rolander
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Play 04 Chapter II - A Fool's Paradise Pt 2 Lars Rolander
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Play 05 Chapter III - On the Brink Pt 1 Lars Rolander
00:32:45
Play 06 Chapter III - On the Brink Pt 2 Lars Rolander
00:45:13
Play 07 Chapter IV - Carissimo Pt 1 Lars Rolander
00:28:03
Play 08 Chapter IV - Carissimo Pt 2 Lars Rolander
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Play 09 Chapter IV - Carissimo Pt 3 Lars Rolander
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Play 10 Chapter V - The Toys Pt 1 Lars Rolander
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Play 11 Chapter V - The Toys Pt 2 Lars Rolander
00:43:53
Play 12 Chapter VI - Honour among ----- Pt 1 Lars Rolander
00:30:27
Play 13 Chapter VI - Honour among ----- Pt 2 Lars Rolander
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Play 14 Chapter VII - An Over-sensitive Heart Pt 1 Lars Rolander
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Play 15 Chapter VII - An Over-sensitive Heart Pt 2 Lars Rolander
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