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The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard

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About the Author

Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. Sent off to boarding school, he cut his teeth as a story-teller amusing his schoolmates with tales and writing letters home to his mother. He practiced medicine and, in 1900, volunteered as a medic in Africa during the Boer War – he was later knighted for his service. Doyle lost a son, two brothers in law, and two nephews to the Great War. He is remembered for the Sherlock Holmes stories and his novel The Lost World.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant (June 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427054703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427054708
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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By A Customer on June 15, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
It is surprising how funny Conan Doyle could be sometimes. Brigadier Gerard is a wonderfully conceited, rather dim-witted but brave and generous-hearted cavalry officer in Napoleon's Army. His adventures are a delight to read.
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Doyle Fans who've read and reread all the Sherlocks should give these fun stories a go. Brig. Gerard is kind of a French Flashman: the hero of every battle (at least by his own lights) when he's not winning the hearts and charms of any beautiful woman in range. Gerard is the ultimate egoist, and we love him for it-- listening to him relating these exploits over a flagon of wine, we can forgive him for perhaps exaggerating a bit here and there....

Thanks to Doyle for creating another memorable character.
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My only acquaintance with Arthur Conan Doyle up until now has been through Sherlock Holmes, so I didn't know what to expect from this book. In it, an aged Etienne Gerard recalls certain exploits from his years as a young horse soldier in Napoleon's army, including several stories in which he was directly involved with "The Little Emperor" himself.

These tales are charming, exciting, clever, fascinating, funny, and delightful. I couldn't stop reading. Highly recommend.
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Conan Doyle’s tales of Brigadier Etienne Gerard were originally published in the “Strand Magazine” between December 1894 and September 1903, and were later issued in two volumes: “The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard” in February 1896 and “The Adventures of Gerard” in September 1903. This is a review of the first of these volumes.

For most of the stories, Brigadier Gerard, an old officer retired from the Grand Army of Napoleon Bonaparte, is retelling memorable exploits of his life in service of his country and his Emperor. The location is in France or in surrounding, occupied territory; and the time is roughly the first decade of the 19th century, with the narrator describing the event from his vantage of approximately 30-40 years later.

With much luck, and by virtue of his bravery, determination and skills (but not necessarily intelligence) Gerard rose quickly through the military ranks from a young Hussar officer to the rank of colonel at twenty-eight and the chief of a brigade at thirty-one. Throughout much of his military career, Gerard occasionally served as Napoleon’s personal agent reporting directly to the Emperor for certain of his orders. Prior to his first meeting with Napoleon, young Lieutenant Gerard’s commanding officer described the lieutenant to Napoleon as “all spurs and moustaches, with never a thought beyond women and horses.” Napoleon responds, “That is the man I want. Bring him to my private cabinet.” Several years and many exploits later, Napoleon describes then-Brigadier Gerard as having “the thickest head … but the stoutest heart in my army.”

This is a collection of eight separate stories, with Etienne Gerard being the narrator and the main character in them all.
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It was a decent period piece set during the Napoleonic period. The French and other national groups were very stereotyped. Brigadier Gerald's self-glorification got old after a while. He is somewhat shallow and boring. I enjoyed the book as a junior higher, but not as an adult who has been to Europe. It is OK. The film version is better.
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I learned of "The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard" from "Swordsmen of the Screen", an appreciation of the Hollywood swashbuckler film, by Jeffrey Richards. His description of the book intrigued me, hence my reading of this Kindle edition.

"The Exploits" consists of 8 short stories recounting Gerard's experiences as a soldier of Napoleon, in his (Gerard's) own voice. The stories are quite humorous, revealing a rather vain, self-regarding, but ultimately endearing swashbuckler. The tales are also very exciting, and sometimes even harrowing. In other words, these are eminently enjoyable. Do yourself a favor and download this free e-book!
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This is a review of the free Kindle edition. Total Kindle locations is 2,625.

Brigadier Gerard is a retired French cavalry officer, and he relates several of his exploits in this collection. Gerard is a larger than life character, who never overstates his skill or ability. As a former officer of Napoleon, Gerard has great stories of Spain, England, Germany and France. Gerard is a classic chivalric figure, who's honor and duty guide him. That and a pretty girl.

Great read of turn of the Napoleonic age.
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The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard is by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who wrote the popular Sherlock Holmes stories. This work is the fictional accounts of a old retired French cavalry officer who is recalling (and sometimes boasting) about his exploits in eight separate short stories.. Doyle was a prominent author in his time and some of his works of the non-Sherlock variety can be mystical or even occult in nature, but not this one. If you enjoy swashbuckling action, adventure, and near escapes set in early 19th century Europe, this is for you. Thoroughly enjoyable, with each adventure standing alone for enjoyment in each chapter. Totally enjoyable light reading.
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