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The Complete Brigadier Gerard (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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The Emperor Napoleon fondly said of Etienne Gerard "that if he has the thickest head he has also the stoutest heart in my army." This description accurately captures the self-described hero of eighteen gem-like short stories produced by Arthur Conan Doyle. Brigadier Gerard, a bombastic, heroic gascon hussar, doer of many improbable deeds, was an unimaginative man of small ...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by Barnes & Noble
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Lynne King
Apr 24, 2013 Lynne King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This selection of short stories is Arthur Conan Doyle at his best. I loved these as a teenager, then read the book years later and, as I look at this book now (thanks to another Goodreads author asking a question about Sherlock Holmes), I never cease to be amazed at the wonderful authors we have had and now continue to have in this world.

These short stories to quote the blurb: "Dumas's Four Musketeers all in one ... Don Quixote inextricably entangled with Sancho Panza... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's
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Ian
Dec 23, 2008 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant series of stories about Brigadier Gerard, a French cavalryman in the Napoleonic wars, who by his own reckoning was "the finest horseman in all six brigades of light cavalry, and the best swordsman in the entire Grande Armee". His vanity gives you an idea of Conan Doyle's view of French arrogance, but he is nonetheless an extremely likeable hero. The stories cover a wide range of settings, from the Peninsular War, the retreat from Moscow, Gerard's imprisonment in England, Waterloo, an ...more
Andrea
Jun 15, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Sherlock Holmes fan -- not madly, but I do enjoy reading Arthur Conan Doyle's preposterous detective. So when this reissued, complete collection of stories by Conan Doyle came into the office, I snagged myself a copy.

It's hilarious. Gerard is completely oblivious to how ridiculous he is and truly believes that everyone has as high an opinion of himself as he does, and if they think he's a joke, whatever mission or adventure he's been sent on will soon change their minds. Ha!

It strikes me t
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Old-Barbarossa
Apr 08, 2008 Old-Barbarossa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before Flash Harry there was Gerard. Like Conan in a hussar's uniform...but not the sharpest sabre in the armoury. Great Napoleonic escapism.
Commander Law
The Brigadier should be better known.
John Fullerton
Oct 12, 2015 John Fullerton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I can really say is that as far as I can recollect, this is the first book I ever read without pictures. I was at boarding school at the time, I suppose around the age of 10 or 11, and every week my godmother sent me a wonderful package of comics which I devoured greedily before passing them on to my friends. I loved the smell of fresh newsprint, the crisp paper. The Beano, Eagle, Boys' Own etc. My mother disapproved. She thought comics bad for my mind. What mind, you may ask. While on holid ...more
Artamon
Nov 17, 2013 Artamon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The book is not particularly historically correct, for it's exclusevely tells fictional stories from the point of view of a french brigadier during napoleonic wars and doesn't let him take part in any major battle or operation. The short stories picture rather personal preferences and the view of the european history of Mr. Conan Doyle. The nations are pictured very steriotypically, so the French are some kind of careless romantics, the Germans - featherbrained but good soldiers, Spaniards - fan ...more
Marco Ocram
Apr 27, 2016 Marco Ocram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite books- I must have read it ten times. It is a series of thrilling and funny short stories all recounted by an elderly Frenchman who had been a brigadier in Napoleon's light cavalry. The writing is superb, the plots are full of twists and turns, but best of all is the character of the Brigadier, who is extremely conceited, brave as a lion, sex-mad, but at the same time only averagely endowed with wits, and the humour all flows from his grossly distorted view of his own compete ...more
Jota Houses
Jan 11, 2016 Jota Houses rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Su prólogo; una historia que puede considerarse precursora de las aventuras de Gerard y un historia sobre su compromiso que no aporta demasiado son las únicas partes que me faltaban tras haber leído por separado las "Hazañas" y las "Aventuras".
Las aventuras del brigadier Gerard no se terminan en un solo libro. En éste sabremos porqué su nombre despierta más odio en el ejercito británico que el de ningún otro oficial francés; cómo se ganó el respeto de su regimiento en Zaragoza o qué hizo durant
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Akshay Sankar
Oct 25, 2014 Akshay Sankar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute riot.

I had my doubts, starting on it after I'd read the masterpiece of Doyle's that is Sherlock Holmes. But I was pleasantly surprised to see none of Doyle's caliber was lost on Gerard. In fact, I found the book incredibly funny. Every story was meticulously detailed, and Doyle's legendary narrative added to the pleasure.
Martin Shone
These stories of Brigadier Gerard are full of adventure, humour and contain a wonderful sense of place & time as agreed by the blurb ... Doyle's Brigadier Gerard stories surely constitute the finest series of historical short stories in literature . These, amongst Doyle's other Historical Fictions, are some of my favourite reads.

Forget Holmes, read Gerard!
Cait
Wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did - the stories were very funny and my lack of knowledge of the time period didn't spoil my enjoyment.

Love how Gerard is so pompous and thinks so highly of himself.

Some of the stories reminded me of Blackadder.

Preferred 'The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard' to 'The Adventures of Brigadier Gerard'.
Mark
Oct 27, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just read 'Medal', oh dear he isn't the sharpest tool in the box is he, heart of a lion though. Think I'm going to like these stories, wonderful period feel.
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record
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