Waterloo

Waterloo Brave Frenchmen will you not surrender Cambronne answered Merde A tense dramatic account of the Battle of Waterloo and how a rain shower changed history from Victor Hugo s epic novel Les Mis rables

  • Title: Waterloo
  • Author: Victor Hugo
  • ISBN: 9780241251829
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brave Frenchmen, will you not surrender Cambronne answered, Merde A tense, dramatic account of the Battle of Waterloo and how a rain shower changed history from Victor Hugo s epic novel Les Mis rables.

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    1. A fantastic little read by Victor Hugo I really enjoyed his factual with hint of drama description of the battle of Waterloo. He is a master story teller for a reason and this is no exception.

    2. Vol 125 of my Penguin's 46 book extension to their Little Black Classics Box Set (80 Vols). This portion of Les Misérables is what taught me to NEVER read an abridged novel. Some of the best parts of Les Miserables (and other books for that matter) are left of the floor when books are edited down to attract the masses. Hugo's asides. His flamboyant diversions are what makes Les Miserables a GREAT novel. To cut them is to cut out the tasty bits.

    3. While you cannot fault the writing which is undeniably fluid and emotional there is an issue with accuracy. Mr Hugo creates a number of totally non-existent events, blames the rain, the time and God! While this is a rivetting account of the Wellington War, (Napoleon lost) it should be taken with a pinch of salt.This is a book of fiction in which the the said fiction as been accepted as fact, so much so that the events have appeared as real events in the history books!

    4. What did I like:Victor Hugo is a magician with words and the description of the massacre that was Waterloo is no exception. Images are painted, vividly, of the battle, the consequences and the world at the time.What didn't I like:I wish I could read it in original French as it becomes difficult to follow the many place names, soldiers and the story in general when it is a mix of English, French and German. That is fault on my behalf more than the book though.When/why should you read this:Make yo [...]

    5. This description of the battle of Waterloo from Victor Hugo is in fact an excerpt from the Les Miserables. A detailed and throughout depiction but without context it’s feels a bit empty and without reason.

    6. My first book encounter with Victor Hugo (I recently toured his house in Guernsey), and it was extremely impressive. Although this was a stand alone book about the battle of Waterloo, it is an excerpt from Les Miserables. I am now hooked. Wonderful prose, and will move on to more of his works. Besides the fact he was a exiled from France, it was still his true love of his country. His words are rich and bring everything to life. Really good.'Brave Frenchmen, will you not surrender?' Cambronne an [...]

    7. Oohhh, shit. The blurb doesn't lie; that was super intense! I've been interested in learning more about Napoleon ever since I did half an assignment on him last year and my God, this one was REALLY interesting.I think what I appreciate most is the fact that Victor Hugo is from the same era as Napoleon and so the inevitable glorification that comes with considerable time passing between accounts isn't there. In fact, Hugo remains relatively neutral - as most historians strive to be.But beyond thi [...]

    8. *3.5*My first voluntary read of an account of a battle, and Waterloo was a really good choice. The dramatic narration style of Victor Hugo made this a very interesting read. And Cambronne is awesome.

    9. A very thrilling re-telling of the Battle of Waterloo, this little black classic is actually an excerpt from Vitor Hugo's novel Les Miserables. I know very little about European history, but it sure did pique my interest.

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