The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard – Arthur Conan Doyle
The adventures of the brave, vain, light-hearted French soldier, a Gil Blas of the Grande Armée, are carried on chapter by chapter, each complete in itself, and you may take up the book at any point, as you can Le Sage’s immortal tale, and find it entertaining. We read how the Brigadier gets into Dartmoor prison, and how he gets out again; how he fights brigands and makes his way into the Castle of Gloom, the abode of heroes of the Reign of Terror; how he rescues ladies, and takes part in every kind of midnight exploit, coming miraculously out of each with a whole skin. There is a flavor of Dumas’s Musketeers in the life of the redoubtable Brigadier Gerard, a typical Napoleonic soldier, more fortunate than many of his compeers because some of his Homeric exploits were accomplished under the personal observation of the Emperor.
The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard.
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Short biography of the author (from Wikipedia):
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a British writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels about Holmes and Dr. Watson. In addition, Doyle wrote over fifty short stories featuring the famous detective.
The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Doyle is also known for writing the fictional adventures of Professor Challenger and for propagating the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels.
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