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Famous for his literary creation Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle brought other characters to notably forceful life upon the page, including that brilliant battler well-hated by the English of Wellington's Army -- the Brigadier Gerard! I have seen a great many cities, my friends. I would not dare to tell you how many I have entered as a conqueror, with eight hundred of my little fighting devils clanking and jingling behind me! So begin the adventures of a band of French Hussars during "that inconceivable Napoleonic past when France, like an angel of wrath, rose up, splendid and terrible, before a cowering continent."

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for creating the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and writing stories about him which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he invented, Professor Challenger and for popularizing the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, nonfiction and historical novels.

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  • PDF | 156 pages
  • Arthur Conan Doyle(Author)
  • Aegypan (1 Jun. 2008)
  • English
  • 9
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

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  • By Barty Literati on 13 December 2013

    A REVIEW of `THE ADVENTURES OF GERARD' by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE`The Adventures of Gerard' is the second volume of Conan Doyle's comic-adventure stories recounting the daring deeds of a plucky Napoleonic cavalryman. Like its predecessor (`The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard') it is a terrific read, striking a wonderfully subtle balance between humour and pathos.Much of the success stems from the brilliant characterisation of the leading man. Etienne Gerard is surely one of the most entertaining (and overlooked in favour of a certain Baker Street detective) raconteurs in the annals of `classic' fiction. Each of his tales is recounted in the first person, with our elderly hero describing his younger days to willing listeners from a Parisian bar. There is a definite touch of P.G. Wodehouse's Mr Mulliner on show. However, whilst Mulliner usually recounts the adventures of others, Gerard is certain to make himself centre-stage. Indeed, he is a surprisingly likeable, but entirely self-satisfied story-teller. If ever there is a chance to celebrate his bravery, good looks or charms with the ladies, Gerard will take it. What raises a smile is Doyle's clever turns of phrase that make Gerard seem self-effacing whilst any modesty is purely superficial. "Ah, gentlemen, need I say more?"The opening story, `The Crime of The Brigadier' kicks things off with a bang. Trapped in Spain behind enemy lines, Gerard gallops to safety having become embroiled in the fox hunting of his British enemy officers. What he describes as flamboyant impudence has become the talk of Wellington's mess rooms. I will not spoil the punchline, but suffice to say, that this is an entirely satisfying comic tour-de-force.Other stories are less comical and far more poignant. `How Etienne Gerard Said Goodbye to His Master' is a tale of unfulfilled loyalty and bravery, whilst `How Brigadier Gerard Lost His Ear' gives a more grisly aspect to the chivalry of the early 19th century. There is also excitement on offer. Two tales based around The Battle of Waterloo are stirring adventures, full of energy and rhythm.Nevertheless, for every more serious or action-packed moment, there is another belly laugh just around the corner. Gerard's involvement in a cricket match whilst the guest of aristocratic British `hosts' rivals his fox hunting for comic culture clashing. Collected works also include the short, short story, `The Marriage of The Brigadier' which is the lightest of them all, placing our hero not in the midst of battle but in a bull-filled field. This is pure Bertie Wooster!My only frustration with the Brigadier Gerard stories is that Conan Doyle did not make more of them. Many seem to be over far too soon and have conformed to the demands of `The Strand' magazine rather than the natural length of the narrative. For example, Gerard's sea-born adventures are glossed over in only a few pages, when they would surely have merited a novella in their own right.Nevertheless, for those who only associate Conan Doyle with more serious works, the Brigadier Gerard stories are a delight and will surely merit a re-reading from time-to-time. I have no desire to inflate an already sizeable head, but it is difficult not to conclude that Etienne Gerard is a hero whose stories are worth hearing.Barty's Score: 9/10

  • By David Rogers on 4 January 2015

    I love these stories, as readable and enjoyable as the Sherlock Holmes series but much lighter in tone. Brigadier Gerard is a hugely entertaining character; fearlessly brave, untroubled by excessive intelligence, and blissfully unaware of his own vanity. As a series of tall tales, this and its companion volume "The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard" are hard to beat.

  • By Fred on 6 December 2013

    This is a wonderful book. The character of Gerard is brave,bumptious and wholly believable. His own apparent lack of a sense of humour leads to some very funny scenes.The books have excitement and pathos. I defy anyone to read the final story without a slight lump in the throat.Almost on a par with the Sherlock Holmes stories.

  • By jt on 2 September 2015

    I read The Great Shadow by Conan Doyle and loved it but this book fails to grip you or engage you in anything like the same wayTry "The Great Shadow Instead"

  • By christopher on 26 July 2015

    Historically well written fun fiction !

  • By stewpot on 9 May 2016

    not as good as I hoped

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