The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard

The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard Having killed off Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle began a new series of tales on a very different theme Brigadier Gerard is an officer in Napoleon s army recklessly brave engagingly openheart

  • Title: The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard
  • Author: Arthur Conan Doyle George MacDonald Fraser
  • ISBN: 9780940322738
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • Having killed off Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle began a new series of tales on a very different theme Brigadier Gerard is an officer in Napoleon s army recklessly brave, engagingly openhearted, and unshakable, if not a little absurd, in his devotion to the enigmatic Emperor The Brigadier s wonderful comic adventures, long established in the affections of ConanHaving killed off Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle began a new series of tales on a very different theme Brigadier Gerard is an officer in Napoleon s army recklessly brave, engagingly openhearted, and unshakable, if not a little absurd, in his devotion to the enigmatic Emperor The Brigadier s wonderful comic adventures, long established in the affections of Conan Doyle s admirers as second only to those of the incomparable Holmes, are sure to find new devotees among the ardent fans of such writers as Patrick O Brian and George MacDonald Fraser.

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    1. The gallant style of these 17 stories, and the fairy tale aroma of their plots, reminded me of Pushkin's fiction. And had the beau sabruer Brigadier Étienne Gerard really lived, his swashbuckling memoirs would have had a place in Pushkin's 1,500 volume Francophile library, or perhaps in Lermontov's sabretache. 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 teach it to me, and [...]

    2. December 2010"Save for two or three men and a score or two of women, you are the first who have ever heard the story."Etienne Gerard, hero of France, is the kind of man who challenges a dozen men to a dozen duels (in a row, while promising to spend no more than five minutes with each so that the others are not kept waiting), only to show up late to the dueling ground because he was busy infiltrating a fortified Spanish town in order to end a siege--and then, just so he won't miss breakfast, he o [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. George MacDonald Fraser wrote the excellent introduction to this edition of the collected Brigadier Gerard stories, in which he observed what a different sort of character is Gerard from Conan Doyle’s more famous creation, who need not be named. Gerard is French, not English; an interesting choice for a good Victorian imperialist such as Conan Doyle. And Gerard’s stories are set earlier; the conceit is that he is an old man telling tales about his time as a Hussar in Napoleon’s army. Gerar [...]

    5. 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 sile [...]

    6. Doyle, Arthur Conan. EXPLOITS AND ADVENTURES OF BRIGADIER GERARD. (n.d this ed. 2001). ***. After Conan Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes, he turned to a totally different genre – the military adventure story. These tales, seventeen of them (plus one that doesn’t fit the mold), were collected into two volumes after their publication in various periodicals under the titles: “Exploits of Brigadier Gerard,” and, “Adventures of Brigadier Gerard.” I’ve been a Doyle fan for lots of years [...]

    7. gutenberg/ebooks/11247Opening: You do very well, my friends, to treat me with some little reverence, for in honouring me you are honouring both France and yourselves. 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. In me you see one of the last of those wonderful men, the men who were veterans when they were yet boys, who learned to use a sword earlier than a razor, and who during a hundred battles had neve [...]

    8. Brigadier Gerard is one of those people who think they're awesome - they're probably just average, but they're enthusiasm for themselves is so glowing and positive, that it's impossible not to get caught up in it. Gerard is charming, and made me smile. He's not arrogant, just full of noble intentions and sure of his importance in every situation he is involved in. You can see his mistakes a mile away, but he is blissfully unaware, and the other characters don't take him to task for them.(His blo [...]

    9. fantastic early work by Doyle; hair-raising adventures of a French soldier, filled with secret passages, code words, split second getaways and Napoleon!REVISION: this is actually written AFTER sherlock holmes, and it's refreshing to see what Doyle does with a new character. Gerard is a rakish french soldier who thinks as much of himself as do any of his admirers. this is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to those who love pulp fiction and boy's-own adventure stories. not written for children at all, but appeal [...]

    10. This was a revelation. There are flashes of wit in Sherlock Holmes, but I never realised that ACD could be so funny. Gerard is a brilliant creation: a vainglorious, boastful Lothario, blessed with the talent and good fortune to find himself right at the heart of events in Napoleonic europe. This collection of tales are a rumbustious compendium of derring-do, and as conceited as the Brigadier is, by the end of it one cannot help but love him. Why he hasn't been translated more successfully to scr [...]

    11. Conan Doyale wrote a lot of other cool books besides Sherlock Holmes. The Brigadier Gerard is a compilation of short stories about a courier and cavalryman in the personal service of Napoleon Bonaparte. Gerard is a very likeable hero. The stories are exiting and humourous with lots off brutal 18th century warfare during the Napoleonic wars. The stories concerning Wellingtons Penensular campaigns in Spain are my favorites. Trust me you will love the Brigadier. Cary

    12. Funny. You can tell that Conan Doyle loved his creation of a pompous Frenchman, and the stories are quite fun to read. I was rooting for Gerard even as I laughed at (with?) him.

    13. Having recently returned from a tour of Napoleonic battlefields in Spain, which included visiting Ciudad Rodrigo during a simulated storming of its ramparts by re-enactors all splendidly accoutred in period costume , I picked up this volume which I had read a long time ago to revisit the escapades of the most excellent and dashing Brigadier Gerard.After killing off Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle returned to writing various historical fiction and in my mind, no one has succeeded better in capturing [...]

    14. What a great book! I did not know much about the Napoleonic Wars before reading this timeless classic. This story, rich in history and loaded with warrior ethos intrigued me and challenged my assumptions about the French and their war fighting capabilities. If the Napoleonic Wars would have ended between the end of the 1700s and early 1800s, the French Empire would have expanded over a larger territory than Ancient Rome. Brigadier Etienne Gerard is an inspiring character who proves his worth as [...]

    15. A "sleeper" in the historical novel list of masterpieces. Great Napeolonic war story telling with an irresistable main character!

    16. Butuh waktu hampir sebulan untuk menghabiskannya di sela-sela waktu yang bisa dikatakan tidak terlalu sibuk juga.Bahasa buku terjemahan atau penggunaan bahasa orang barat dalam sebungkus cerita memang berbeda dengan orang Indonesia. Rangkaian dan susunan katanya yang agak berputar dan tersirat yang banyak membedakannya. Butuh waktu lama menghabiskan buku ini dikarenakan kekurangtertarikan saya terhadap cerita petualangan peperangan yang banyak menggunakan istilah2 dalam militer barat jaman dulu. [...]

    17. This book is Conan Doyle's best work (in my opinion) and one of the most entertaining works of fiction I have read for a long time. It is difficult not to like Doyle. I enjoyed The Lost World immensely. The 'Professor Challenger' series of novels and stories is certainly highly enthralling and amusing. And of course one can't fail to mention the 'Sherlock Holmes' stories, which are sheer brilliance. Doyle himself regarded such efforts as lesser than his serious work (such as the historical novel [...]

    18. There are plenty of books about british military. "The Sharpe series" are well known and I am going trough them with snail speed. I wanted to read something about French military and to my surprise there was a book, which took my fancy. The author is well known from his Sherlock Holmes series, but very few people know that he wrote something else. The main of the hero was dashing and swashbuckle Brigadier Gerard of the french cavalery. His exploits took us to the famous battlefields and campaign [...]

    19. Brigadier Gerard is a brave and gallant officer in Napoleon's army, and is convinced that there is no man more brave, resourceful, skillful with the sword and attractive to the ladies than himself. His adventures describe how he gets into the tightest places, and somehow, by luck, gallantry or bravery escapes.Though Gerard is a colorfully depicted character, I found him tiresome very soon. He is a caricature of a Frenchman in the sense that he is overly emotional (frequently "shedding tears" whe [...]

    20. I am not sure what the author was smoking when he decided to leave 221B Baker Street and write this satire about a fictional former officer in the Grande Armee of Napoleon who is both terminally vain and laughably dull-witted. What I do know is that only Grognards or small children could possibly enjoy these fanciful stories about blood oaths, damsels in distress, palace intrigue and small skirmishes on the Continent. Except possibly for the brief, but intriguing descriptions of Napoleon, his mo [...]

    21. A collection of swashbuckling stories set in the Napoleonic wars, featuring the brave but dim Brigadier Gerard. A sort of anti-Flashman, Gerard charges headlong into danger, rides fastest when his horse is aimed at the sound of guns, and delights in his heroic exploits. But half of the danger is of his own making, and a man with a bit more brainpower could have won twice the glory with half the scars. Gerard's opinion of himself is so insufferably high, however, that it's impossible to feel even [...]

    22. Brigadier Gerard is often described as conceited, but I disagree. He approaches everything he does with gusto, and is proud of everything he participates in, and who can really fault him for that? He is willing to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, even if he doesn't understand what is going on, and that does lead to some Inspector Clouseau type moments, but his heart is in the right place, and if the stories are to be believed he is not undeserving of the honor he claims. He is a much more [...]

    23. Very enjoyable book by the author of Sherlock Holmes. Brigadier Gerard is nothing like Holmes, bit of a braggart, vain, and not too bright; but he's always in the midst of danger and fool-hearty mission for the emperor Napoleon. The introduction of these tales is by George Macdonald Fraser, of Flashman fame, and you can see why he was picked for the introduction since there is a little Flashy in Gerard.Highly entertaining and worth the read. Since these are tales you can easily read a couple at [...]

    24. Good clean fun for 12 year old boys and girls who want to read about swashbuckling adventures during the Napoleonic Wars. Doyle can certainly write a good yarn. It's all a little silly, though; adults who fancy historical novels will find Flashman much richer, more historically illuminating, and racier.

    25. È molto difficile dare un voto a questo libro. Essendo composto da novelle, ognuna meriterebbe un voto a sé. Alcune sono coinvolgenti, altre lasciano un po' il tempo che trovano.La cosa che mi ha stupito di più è la minuziosa documentazione che Conan Doyle deve aver fatto prima della stesura, data la grande accuratezza storica.

    26. This was just as good as The Lost World or Sherlock Holmes. I laughed out loud so much while reading this because Etienne Gerard is one of the best and most hilarious main characters I've ever read. It's such a shame that most people only know Doyle's Sherlock Holmes works because they are seriously missing out on this.

    27. I think the following line sums up Brig Etienne Gerard, who thinks he is a humble man, "[Despienne] was a tiny fellow, about three inches short of the proper height for a man - he was exactly three inches shorter than myself." An enjoyable read.

    28. Not bad! Some derring do, some boasting, a few close shaves and choice escapes Doyle does a nice job of giving a scathing look at his own society from the eyes of a Frenchman. I was well pleased to see Gerard, was, of course, a Gascon! Worth a read if you like swash with your buckle.

    29. Fabulous. Gerard is a fantastic character, and the stories are highly entertaining. However, I think I gain the most amusement thinking of Conan Doyle writing in England in the 1890s about France in the 1810s, starring a character who would not be out of place in stories of the 800s.

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