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There is no braver officer in Napoleon s cavalry than etienne Gerard especially in his own opinion. Whether kidnapped by gangs of brigands or outnumbered by enemy troops, the plucky little soldier is constantly gallant, chivalrous and ready to face any danger, even if he doesn t always think before he acts. With great gusto Gerard recounts the swashbuckling exploits and adThere is no braver officer in Napoleon s cavalry than etienne Gerard especially in his own opinion. Whether kidnapped by gangs of brigands or outnumbered by enemy troops, the plucky little soldier is constantly gallant, chivalrous and ready to face any danger, even if he doesn t always think before he acts. With great gusto Gerard recounts the swashbuckling exploits and adventures of his glittering military career carrying out secret missions for Napoleon, eluding capture by the Duke of Wellington, making a daring break from an English prison, rescuing ladies in distress, duelling to the death against the dastardly Baron Straubenthal and even saving the day at the Battle of Waterloo."...

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  • Eric
    2018-11-26 20:35

    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 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?"

  • Jacob
    2018-11-13 17:37

    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 offers to fight all twelve men at once. 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...or so he claims, safely separated from the events by several decades and just as many bottles of wine--and who is there to contradict him? 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. 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...but his tales are so entertaining, it hardly matters. Vive Gerard!I hated this book.Oh, don't get me wrong; the stories were great. Fantastic. But the book itself--well, the book is like those annoying spam-mails you get reminding you how imperfect you are. Tiny dick? Tiny muscles? Tiny love life? Ha! Loser! Only this questionable link to this questionable pill will help you now! Likewise, this book brings out similar anxieties, only this time it's reader envy instead of penis envy. Arthur Conan Doyle is, of course, famous for his Sherlock Holmes stories--but I haven't read 'em. 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!).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?), and I'm not very well-endowed well-read, and there are so many books out there I have yet to read. Sherlock Holmes, Flashman, hundreds more. No excuses, I guess. Best get readin'.Update: Sherlock Holmes FINISHED

  • Laura
    2018-11-22 16:19

    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 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.

  • Sara
    2018-11-11 20:28

    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. Gerard is as arrogant as his literary “brother”, but sweeter as well, chivalrous, loyal, romantic, brave and incredibly, comically dense.Gerard’s obliviousness is one of the primary charms of the character and chief amusements of these collected stories. He constantly mistakes the derision of others for approbation. Anything that does not conform with his own high opinion of himself gets contorted by his perception so that he remains the hero, not just of his own, but of everyone’s story. [SPOILER ALERT] In one hilarious instance, Gerard is meant to be performing undercover recognizance and ends up participating merrily in a fox hunt with English soldiers. 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. Gerard clearly misunderstands the whole endeavor and imagines he has “won” the hunt. 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. As he outpaces the dogs, feeling quite self-congratulatory indeed, he shouts at the fox: “Aha, we have you now then, assassin!” He has so completely given himself to the hunt that he has forgotten his recognizance mission (only for the moment) and single-mindedly focused on his new “foe” whom he is about to dispatch tidily. 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. I am also growing increasingly interested in the Napoleonic era as a predecessor to the “world” conflicts at the beginning of the 20th century, and it is intriguing to read an Englishman’s sympathetic take on a Frenchman during this period. In any event, these stories deserve to be better known than they are. And, for my money and time, I’d much rather spend an afternoon hanging out with Gerard than with that other fellow concocted by Conan Doyle.

  • Claire
    2018-12-13 00:37

    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.

  • Tony
    2018-11-12 23:19

    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 and had never heard of these tales – although, I must admit I primarily read the Holmes stories along with the science fiction works. Now we have all of these tales published in one volume, with an excellent introduction by George Macdonald Fraser of Flashman fame. Brigadier Etienne Gerard is an officer in Napolean’s army. He is recklessly brave, engagingly open-hearted, and devoted to the enigmatic Emperor. He is very much like Don Quixote, in that he is full of himself and sees the world reflected in his eyes as very much in need of his bravery and high standards of honor. Consequently, he is bilked at every turn and often becomes the unsuspecting laughing stock of the rest of the army and its officers. These are more like boys’ true adventure stories than anything else I can think of, though they were popular during their day. His readers finally convinced Doyle that he should somehow resurrect Holmes and continue his adventures along with his sidekick, Dr. Watson. These are fun stories to read, but they don’t have a lot of substance. Each story puts the Brigadier in a situation where his honor or courage are called to the fore, and he meets the challenge head on – usually with a sappy feeling about the importance of the task well beyond its actual reality.

  • Bettie☯
    2018-11-24 22:15 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 never once let the enemy see the colour of their knapsacks. For twenty years we were teaching Europe how to fight, and even when they had learned their lesson it was only the thermometer, and never the bayonet, which could break the Grand Army down. Berlin, Naples, Vienna, Madrid, Lisbon, Moscow—we stabled our horses in them all. Yes, my friends, I say again that you do well to send your children to me with flowers, for these ears have heard the trumpet calls of France, and these eyes have seen her standards in lands where they may never be seen again.

  • Sylvester
    2018-11-27 17:11

    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 bloated self-esteem is probably tolerable because he sees everyone in the best light.) I was delighted with these stories - Sherlock Holmes has unjustly been taking up Brigadier Gerards' spotlight! I liked the French perspective of the Napoleonic Wars, too. Very entertaining overall. One of my favorite lines was Gerard describing a horse as "magnificent", then, mounting the steed, he says in an aside - "As am I."

  • Scout
    2018-12-09 20:38

    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 appealing in the same sort of way as Treasure Island or The Count Of Monte Cristo. also, very funny, in the same kind of subtle way as Candide or Don Quixote.

  • Paul Pensom
    2018-12-01 18:31

    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 screen is a mystery to me.

  • Cary
    2018-12-01 23:40

    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

  • Lisa
    2018-12-03 23:17

    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.

  • Steve Groves
    2018-11-28 00:17

    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 the dash and braggadocio of the French Light Cavalryman of the Napoleonic era. Apparently drawing on the memoirs of Baron Marbot for much of the background to the stories, Conan Doyle brilliantly brought the character and the era to life in a series of short adventures set chronologically during the Napoleonic era from 1807 to 1815.Gerard, by his own less than modest admission, "...[is an] excellent soldier. I do not say this because I am prejudiced in my own favour, but because I really am so. I can weigh every chance in a moment, and decide with as much certainty as though I had brooded for a week..."What gives these stories a unique charm is Gerard's own blindness to his lack of intelligence and blind obedience to the French cause, orders and the Emperor. He narrates his adventures in his old age, to what one imagines is a captive audience at some small French cafe....he advises that he is the best swordsmen, womaniser, rider and Chef de Brigade in the army, and fully believes it.The truth, is obvious to the reader and many of the scrapes and escapades that Gerard crashes through are only resolved by his great belief in his own abilities and a certain sang-froid. After one mission in which Napoleon deliberately sets him up to be captured by Prussians, Gerard against all odds wins through to deliver a false set of orders, and upon returning to the Emperor to claim his reward is furiously berated. Napoleon however realises the bravery of our hero and concludes.." that Brigadier Gerard [deserves] the special medal of honour, for I believe that if he has the thickest head in the army he also has the stoutest heart..."The picture of the charge of the 4th Hussars at Friedland in 1807, perfectly captures the dash of the French Light cavalry. Of course, as we find out Gerard’s regiment at the time is the 10th Hussars, in their Sky Blue uniform, but for me this painting by Detaille captures the spirit of the book.

  • Thomas
    2018-12-03 19:23

    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 a valiant soldier and a sophisticated gentleman at every turn.

  • Carlos Solano
    2018-11-15 17:24


  • Tom Behr)
    2018-11-15 20:35

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

  • Kurnia Dwi Aprilia
    2018-11-28 18:25

    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. Panggilan2 dalam kedudukan dan pangkat, yang tidak dijelaskan, juga membuat saya agak kebingungan saat membacanya. Selain itu, sejarah peperangan yang banyak melibatkan Prancis, Inggris, dan Rusia, yang dibahas singkat, juga banyak membingungkan dan menghilangkan pemahaman terhadap cerita. Namun secara keseluruahan, cerita petualangannya bisa dikatakan penuh kejutan dan menarik. Cara Sir Arthur menyimpan kejutan di akhir setiap bab cerita yang paling saya suka. Dengan gaya berpikir khas penulis detektif yang dia miliki, menjadikan cerita2 bab bersambung dalam novel ini menjadi penuh rahasia yang tidak mudah ditebak, sehingga membuat saya selalu menanti-nantikan ending setiap bab ceritanya. Novel ini bercerita tentang pengalaman-pengalaman Brigadir Gerard dalam melancarkan misi-misi yang diemban kepadanya dalam rangka mewujudkan tugas2 cinta negaranya, Prancis. Brigadir Gerard yang cerdas dan pemberani digambarkan selalu berhasil menahlukkan lawannya dengan siasat2 perlawanannya yang cemerlang. Dia juga adalah seorang prajurit yang sangat mengidolakan pemimpinannya, yaitu Napoleon Bonaparte, yang dalam kenyataannya memang ada sosok bernama tersebut. Sehingga membacanya membuat saya membayangkan bahwa cerita yang ditulis Sir Arthur ini adalah cerita nyata, bukan fiksi. Sebelumnya saya belum pernah membaca karangan Sir Arthur dalam cerita detektifnya, mungkin akan lebih menarik jika selanjutnya saya membaca karangannya dalam bentuk detektif. Selain itu, karena pengarang yang katanya banyak menginspirasinya adalah Edgar Alan Poe, maka saya pun penasaran dan akan membaca karangan Edgar Alan Poe untuk selanjutnya.

  • Rhys
    2018-12-02 19:33

    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 The White Company). Unfortunately for authors, the greater world feels little or no obligation to follow their wishes, and his serious work never achieved the same popularity as his lighter efforts.Brigadier Gerard is one of these lighter efforts, though I am pleased to discover that in one of his letters Doyle regards his hussar as superior to his famous detective. Personally I think that Etienne Gerard is an utterly wonderful character. The exploits and adventures in which he performs are never less than magnificent, ingenious and frequently brutal. The prose style is elegant, crisp and highly humorous. Clearly Gerard frequently exaggerates his achievements, but there is also real chivalrous behaviour, courage and resourcefulness in his nature; and although the tone of the stories is frequently extremely satiric, they are also stirring adventure yarns at the same time. An exceptional volume, a delight!

  • Matimate
    2018-12-11 21:15

    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 campaigns of Napoleonic Wars. Gerard was descibed as an openhearted fellow with brain size of an orange (the smaller kind of an orange). He was charming as he boasted about his exploits and good looks. It seemed that he was unaware of the horrors of the war at the first sign, but as you read further his cheerfulness was fading. He lived longer than was his era and as a narrator of the story he was pointing it out many time. His relation to Napoleon was as close as could be from devoted soldier to his beloved commander. I am planning to reread this book sometime.

  • Lia Turnbull
    2018-11-16 16:21

    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" when disappointed, rolling on the ground in laughter at his cleverness--and, of my favorites, his shock when the English general does not "weep" upon his shoulder after a passionate speech, "as any Frenchman would have done"). Still, he is brave, though I caught myself doubting if perhaps he had glorified the real facts.....

  • Dergrossest
    2018-11-12 19:30

    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 moods and his ability to smile without appearing happy, there is precious little for the generalist here.In short (no pun intended), unless you know the difference between Les Goddams and Les Kaiserlicks, I would probably pass on this one.

  • Seth
    2018-12-09 23:27

    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 an ounce of pity. The collection reads just fine from cover to cover, but if you have the luxury reading a one or two stories at a time with something different in between will keep them from feeling too repetitious.

  • Timothy
    2018-12-05 17:20

    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 personable character than others by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and entirely lovable and relatable.

  • John Walker
    2018-12-08 17:13

    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 a time.

  • Nick
    2018-11-13 16:12

    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.

  • Yaxara
    2018-11-13 18:18

    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.

  • Ashley
    2018-12-07 19:29

    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.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-26 17:26

    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.

  • Thomas Harlan
    2018-12-12 21:25

    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.

  • Lindsay Stares
    2018-12-03 23:16

    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.