I love the mix of humour and adventure here. Personally, I would happily have settled for fewer Sherlock Holmes stories in exchange for a few more of Gerard. Consulter l'avis complet. Best book I've read in a very long time, I have to say. Gerard is an absolutely appealing character and his transparently misguided narration is pretty much brilliant.
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It's difficult to pull off a Afficher l'e-book. The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard. Arthur Conan Doyle. Penguin Adult , 29 mai - pages. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and began to write stories while he was a student. Over his life he produced more than thirty books, short stories, poems, plays and essays across a wide range of genres. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. Apr 28, Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction. One senses that Doyle had fun with these stories. Sherlock was dead and the author was experiencing a new lease on his writing life with this new character, a French officer in Napoleon's army, who is brave beyond belief, devoted to his cause, and unknowingly vane to the point of absurdity.
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Think Christie's Hercule Poirot, only even more full of himself and utterly unaware of it. But are you immodest if you can back up your boasting? Brigadier Gerard certainly has the skills to prove himself. In One senses that Doyle had fun with these stories. In stories such as "How the Brigadier Slew the Brothers of Ajaccio", "How the Brigadier Came to the Castle of Gloom", and "How the Brigadier Was Tempted by the Devil" Gerard helps carry out family vendettas for fellow soldiers, delivers secret messages through great peril, and helps his beloved Napoleon on numerous, and very often personal, occasions.
Here, Doyle has moved away from the stuffy English and created a confidant, courageous French soldier with which to go adventuring. The stories are full of dash and daring. The tension is high, the stakes higher. Absolutely enjoyable! Jun 11, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: ficciones , dandies , favorites , bagatelle. The gallant style of these 17 stories, and the fairy tale aroma of their plots, reminded me of Pushkin's fiction. A characteristic passage: In every country it has been my custom to try to learn the language. For this reason I always look for some lady who will be kind enough to The gallant style of these 17 stories, and the fairy tale aroma of their plots, reminded me of Pushkin's fiction.
For this reason I always look for some lady who will be kind enough to teach it to me, and then we practice it together.
This is the most interesting way of picking it up, and before I was thirty I could speak nearly every tongue in Europe; but it must be confessed that what you learn is not of very much use for the ordinary purposes of life. My business, for example, has usually been with soldiers and peasants, and what advantage is it to be able to say to them that I love only them, and that I will come back when the wars are over?
Feb 01, Jacob rated it it was amazing Shelves: nyrb , i-own , , short-fiction , doyle-and-friends. December "Save for two or three men and a score or two of women, you are the first who have ever heard the story. And he fully expects to win. Reckless, brave, charming especially with the ladies , eternally optimistic, slightly ridiculous, perhaps a little bit vain, and completely clueless, Gerard is the finest swordsman and best horseman in Napoleon's entire Grand Armee Here, in Gerard's own words, are the best of his adventures in Napoleon's army: how he lost Germany to Napoleon's enemies over a woman , how he lost his ear in Venice over a different woman , how he nearly lost his life at the Castle of Gloom over another woman , how he heroically tried, but failed, to resupply the starving troops on the long march back from Moscow there was a woman involved , and how he fought a duel in England ditto.
But not all of his adventures were thwarted by women: on the rare but notable occasions where no women were involved, and save for a brief imprisonment in England, Gerard managed to be noble, heroic, and spectacular, and always arrived to save the day, save the army while participating in an English fox-hunt behind enemy lines, in one memorable adventure , and even save Napoleon himself.
Indeed, Gerard is convinced but would never boast outright that Napoleon only lost at Waterloo because he, Gerard, was occupied elsewhere and was unable to fight in the battle--although he did show up later, just in the nick of time, to prevent his beloved Emperor from being captured.
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Perhaps Gerard is a bit full of himself, perhaps he is stretching the truth just a little bit, perhaps he's not nearly as clever as he thinks he is Vive Gerard! I hated this book. Oh, don't get me wrong; the stories were great. But the book itself--well, the book is like those annoying spam-mails you get reminding you how imperfect you are.
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Likewise, this book brings out similar anxieties, only this time it's reader envy instead of penis envy. Also, this edition collecting all seventeen stories from "The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard" and "The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard", plus one contradictory, not-exactly-canon tale , is introduced by George MacDonald Fraser, of Flashman fame--also books I haven't read yet. Lastly, this is a New York Review of Books publication, and a brief glance at their catalogue reveals several hundred more books I haven't read yet--but more on that in this review with pictures!
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On top of the endless lists of books I haven't read yet, this book is a reminder of more books I haven't read yet, and leaves me feeling small and inadequate in comparison. I'm getting old I'm almost twenty-four! Gosh, when did I become almost twenty-four? Sherlock Holmes, Flashman, hundreds more. No excuses, I guess. Best get readin'. View all 26 comments. Sep 05, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , history.
Best book I've read in a very long time, I have to say. Gerard is an absolutely appealing character and his transparently misguided narration is pretty much brilliant.
It's difficult to pull off a story which has the narrator living, through his own words, in a state of enlightenment significantly lower than that of the reader, and to keep him charming-- but Conan Doyle does that, and he does that seventeen times. Everyone with even the vaguest interest in Napoleonic history, Sherlock Holmes, or Best book I've read in a very long time, I have to say. Everyone with even the vaguest interest in Napoleonic history, Sherlock Holmes, or France should make this a top priority-- everyone else should put it pretty near to the top.
The fox-hunting episode is fantastic, as is the one about the nine Prussian horsemen: pretty much every single one is exciting, funny, and well-paced, and every bit as lovable as a good Holmes. May 07, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: e-books , nyrb-classics , gutenberg , historical-fiction , read , mtbr-challenge , british-literature , fictionth-century , hf-napoleonic-era. View 2 comments.
Jan 13, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stories , 19th-century-fiction , 20th-century-fiction , historical-fiction. Gerard is French, not English; an interesting choice for a good Victorian imperialist such as Conan Doyle. He constantly mistakes the derision of others for approbation. He gets so carried away with the pursuit that he speeds ahead of everyone, even the dogs, and slices the fox in two with his sword.
Moreover, when he sees the English soldiers erupt in histrionic shouting, he perceives this as enthusiastic congratulations instead of the enraged decrying it was. This, incidentally, was probably my very favorite moment in the entire set of stories. And that is quite characteristic of Gerard. Comically myopic, absurdly confident of his every move, of his own rightness, and — for all his ridiculousness - actually quite a good soldier and sport.
He is dog-like, in the best sense of that comparison. You like Gerard even while you laugh at him. And you can always trust him to be himself. I am not much for adventure stories, generally preferring a good mystery, but the Brigadier Gerard stories are vividly detailed and very very funny. In any event, these stories deserve to be better known than they are. Dec 29, Claire rated it really liked it. Looking for a Napoleonic era Jason Bourne? Etienne Gerard is a dashing, chivalrous, and stalwart French officer who becomes involved various suspenseful and often comical political intrigues.
He battles outlaws, Englishmen and Cossacks and always maintains a his honor and his style. His adventures can be read separately or as one connected story. Doyle's writing, though perhaps more fast-paced and humourous than his Sherlock Holmes work, is fluid and engaging. I was cheering of Gerard while silently scoffing at some of his arrogant idiosyncrasies.
He is a lovable character whom you should certainly meet.
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Very enjoyable. I read this for a challenge and very glad I did. Feb 19, Bettie marked it as to-read Recommended to Bettie by: Wanda. Shelves: e-book , gutenberg-project , underratings. It is not merely an old, grey-moustached officer whom you see eating his omelette or draining his glass, but it is a fragment of history.