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The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard
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Thanks to Doyle for creating another memorable character.
These tales are charming, exciting, clever, fascinating, funny, and delightful. I couldn't stop reading. Highly recommend.
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.Read more ›
"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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As with all of his writings a beautifully written story. Masterfully crafted. Etienne Gerard is truly a great hero. Dashing, brave and handsome.Published 5 months ago by Rob
The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard is the kind of book I will read and re-read for many years. It is a shame that Doyle's famous detective gets more attention than his other works,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is actually a very funny book. For people familiar with Holmes, you will find the humorous side of Doyle.Published 12 months ago by tom roy
This was a pretty fun read. Brigadier Gerard is an entertainingly boastful, yet heroic and perfectly able military officer, although not too bright. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael J. Morris
I did not care for this book at all. Many, many times the Brigadier Gerard says he doesn't consider himself conceited but I really beg to differ. Read morePublished 16 months ago by angie
I have read many of Doyle's books and found them all very good. This was a little different but still good.Published on April 30, 2014 by An Avid Reader
Just a bit of nostalgia for Victorian age writing. The plots are nonsensical but no more so than much of modern potboiler fiction, and the countryside descriptions are fairly... Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by M SOROKIN
Brigadier Gerard is one of Doyle's most endearing characters. An officer in Napoleons army, these are supposedly his war stories. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by widowson