|Complete Brigadier Gerard (1995) [Novel]|
by Arthur Conan Doyle
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"Of course I read every Sherlock Holmes story, but the works I like even more than the detective stories are his [Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's] great historical stories."
Sir Winston Churchill
Dumas's Four Musketeers all in one ... Don Quixote inextricably entangled with Sancho Panza ... Tolstoy's War and Peace harmonised with the Marx Brothers ... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Brigadier Gerard stories surely constitute the finest series of historical short stories in literature, mingling the comedy and the tragedy, the pathos and the irony, or, in Napoleon's phrase, the sublime with the ridiculous. It is Napoleon and his Europe, his dedicated followers and the awakening nationalisms of the peoples they enraged, possessing our minds in savage realism and enrapturing romance. And in Brigadier Etienne Gerard, Arthur Conan Doyle created a hero worthy to take his place in the great line stretching from Homer's Odysseus to George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman, nearest of all perhaps to Stevenson's Allan Breck and Wodehouse's Bertie Wooster.
For the first time all the Gerard stories appear in a single volume, together with their forgotten precursor 'A Foreign Office Romance', assembled with a new introduction and notes by Conan Doyle's biographer Owen Dudley Edwads of Edinburgh University, general editor of The Oxford Sherlock Holmes.
Original title: Complete Brigadier Gerard
Genre: Fiction→ Adventure→ Soldier Of Fortune
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ France