Sharpe en Trafalgar/ Sharpe's Trafalgar (Sharpe, #4) (Richard Sharpe (chronological order) #4)
The year is 1805, and Richard Sharpe, having completed his tour in India (Sharpe's Tiger; Sharpe's Triumph; Sharpe's Fortress), is headed back to England, where he...more
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Seems as if Bernard Cornwell was itching to tackle this most epic of all British naval battles and to do so he manufactured his hero Sharpe into the action. I can't blame him, it's one of the biggest events of the Napoleonic War, and if that's the backdrop to your series it stands to reason you'd want to showcase this particular battle in some way.
Contrived as it may be, Sharpe's Trafalgar is one of Cornwell's better effo ...more
Life on a ship of this time was rough. Sharpe, as an ensign, is in the perfect position to show us all aspe ...more
One funny thing - Richard meets up with a Captain Chase...who has blonde hair and enjoys coffee. In another universe, his name migh ...more
And if you are to read the Sharpe books in chronological order, Sharpe's Trafalgar marks the moment when Sharpe can be seen as nothing other than anti-hero bastard extraordinaire. He is a murderer, pure and simple, and we can't help loving him for it and pulling for him all the way.
This is definitely a great book, but th ...more
I do so love Richard Sharpe! Okay, okay, so I fell in love with Sean Bean in the television series first, but it only turned me on to Cornwell's series! I swear! The series is an incredible exploration of early 19th century English culture with its mores, style, and class system particularly an inside peek into its military culture. And as much as I enjoy the television series, I ad ...more
Considering the two novels as vehicles for presenting history, Pérez Reverte gets the definite nod, s ...more
The story opens with Sharpe in India, having been there several years but now about to return to England having joined up with the 95th Rifles. He' an ensign, a low ranking officer promoted out ...more
This is another very good entry in the series, though I must say I don’t care for nautical fic ...more
Sharpe can't be seen for anything more than his past, a high ranking official takes a shine to him, they go through some bad times, sharpe disregards orders to leave the bad guy alive and the next book starts.
As usual the formulae stays the same; Intrigue + Girl + Danger + Battle + Revenge = Victory.
Never the less it was a Jolly Romp that caused no harm, except possibly a minor powder burn to Historical Accuracy.
Sharpe, having been dismissed from his regime ...more
I also love the rather detailed account of life at sea. I spent a year or so at sea so again a lot of nostalgia.
Other than that typical Sharpe book, he is always a lovable rogue, falls in love again (yawn) kills a few people who deserve it and a few who don't, ends up covered in blood after killing like a thousand frogs (frenchies), ...more
I really admire Cornwell's talent of combining minute historical details with taking fictional liberties to give a thoroughly entertaining read.
This one took place mostly at sea among sailing ships, so it became necessary for me to look up the nautical terms to enjoy the novel better. But I wouldn't call it a drawback. If you are reading a Cornwell book, you have to expect these.
Really enjoyed reading it. Eagerly looking forward to fine more books ...more
My first read of a naval battle. It was very interesting, and the reduced amount of war details, compared to his earlier adventures, was a relief.
As Sharpe moves back to Europe, I am going to miss the Indian setting from now on. :(
With the ending, one hopes Sharpe will have happiness at last.
Bisher der schwächste Teil der Reihe. Sharpe ist kein Seemann und das merkt man. Auch die Einbettung in die historischen Umstände ist Cornwell diesmal in meinen Augen nicht so gut gelungen. Beispielhaft der Satz aus dem Nichts: "Nelson ist tot". Nähere Umstände hätten sich hier angeboten, werden aber nicht bedient. Das kann de ...more