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  • Title: Sharpe's Waterloo
  • Author: Bernard Cornwell
  • ISBN: 9780006510420
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • Richard Sharpe and the Waterloo Campaign, 15 June to 18 June 1815 It is 1815 Sharpe is serving on the personal staff of the inexperienced and incompetent Young Frog, William, Prince of Orange, who has been given command of a large proportion of the Allied force More concerned with cutting a dash at a grand society ball in Brussels, the Young Frog refuses to listen to ShRichard Sharpe and the Waterloo Campaign, 15 June to 18 June 1815 It is 1815 Sharpe is serving on the personal staff of the inexperienced and incompetent Young Frog, William, Prince of Orange, who has been given command of a large proportion of the Allied force More concerned with cutting a dash at a grand society ball in Brussels, the Young Frog refuses to listen to Sharpe s scouting reports of an enormous army marching towards them with the lately returned Napoleon at its head When the Battle of Waterloo commences, Sharpe has to stand by and watch military folly on a grand scale But at the height of the conflict, just as victory seems impossible, he makes a momentous decision With his usual skill, courage and determination he takes command and the most hard fought and bloody battle of his career becomes Sharpe s own magnificent triumph.
    Sharpe s Waterloo Richard Sharpe and the Waterloo Campaign June to June It is Sharpe is serving on the personal staff of the inexperienced and incompetent Young Frog William Prince of Orange who has

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    1. I appreciated this as a window on the famous 1815 battle, with Sharpe a Zellig like figure at key turning points However, I missed Sharpe s personal story as the main focus of the narrative rather than getting a sense of him being used as a tool to illustrate historical events If you have read any of the Sharpe series on the British army during the Napoleanic Wars, you will want to read this out for a sense of completion, with this being the penultimate volume He still thinks of himself as a rif [...]

    2. I ve been meaning to review these for ages, I read all these books a long time ago and I think I would have to re read them to remember every story line That s the problem with trying to review books you read over ten years ago When I read these books it was a happy time for me as I received all the collection including the short stories as a wedding present ten years ago and as I celebrate my tenth anniversary of being married to my beautiful wife, I wanted to save my overall review of the seri [...]

    3. Firstly, my prejudices I ve been a huge fan of the TV versions of the Sharpe books I ve been an even bigger fan of the Napoleonic Wars, and Waterloo in particular I ve probably read on and around the subject than is healthy for anyone.Although I ve never actually read a Bernard Cornwell novel before, I was really looking forward, therefore, to reading his account of Richard Sharpe s contribution to the Battle of Waterloo.All the ingredients for a literary disaster therefore I had set my sights [...]

    4. I d advise not reading the author s note at the end of the book, because it tips the novel s John Bull ishness right over the edge into jingoism The body of the book is hardly great literature, but it s enjoyable it could have been edited down, but as a dubiously historical recounting of Waterloo from the first skirmishes at Quatre Bras to the defeat of the Imperial Guard, it rollicks along amiably enough Its biggest flaw, however, is that Sharpe just doesn t have a much of a purpose His movemen [...]

    5. Waterloo The True Story of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles This is the actual book that I read and reviewed here What is shown in the header is Cornwell s 20th Sharpe novel This is the first non fiction book by Bernard Cornwell, but he brings all the talent that he has honed over the years in writing his many historical novels to retelling the story of Waterloo It s worth mentioning up front that those who have read a lot of military history may be put off by the repetitiveness of some [...]

    6. No 20 in the Richard Sharpe series return return This, the culmination of the series to which all previous installments have pointed, is without question Cornwell s best book While Sharpe s personal life does enter into it, at least 3 4 of the book if not is devoted to the complex Battle of Waterloo which took place from Thursday, June 15 with Napoleon s invasion of the Netherlands to the final, epic, and hair raising battle near the village of Waterloo on Sunday, June 18 Cornwell does a brilli [...]

    7. Some of my favourite Sharpe moments are in this book, and some quality comedy from when Sharpe is busy elsewhere I don t know how accurate the battle descriptions are, but they are vivid I do believe that this book will work as a standalone novel, there s enough background to catch you up, but when the back story is waiting to be read, why skip it It doesn t matter how many times I reread these, it doesn t matter that I remember all of the twists, o the little surprises, it s still an excellent [...]

    8. A koliv je to popis nebo sp anal za bitvy, toho, co j p edch zelo a jej ch n sledk , bez osobn ho p b hu, je to naps no hodn tiv Fakta dopln n vzpom nkami voj k ze v ech t arm d jsou jasn vypr v na Snad jen toho polopatick ho opakov n hlavn ch fakt by mohlo b t m n pravd podobn pro pomalej ten e za velikou lou .

    9. I d suspected that SHARPE S WATERLOO, the penultimate Sharpe adventure and the culmination of his adventures in the Napoleonic War, could be nothing but a triumph After all, it s a novel dedicated to one of the biggest, most remembered battles in all of history, so how could Cornwell get it wrong He built to it for a decade, honing his craft with minor but no less gripping stories before finally sitting down to tackle it.Needless to say, I loved everything about this story It s a massive, epic [...]

    10. All right, I ll confess it I m a Richard Sharpe addict I have just started the last of the 21 novels read in historically chronological order, not the order written and I will miss his adventures once I m done One of the factors in my appreciation of the series is the image of Sean Bean s Sharpe portrayal from the movies very appealing , but the other is the breathtaking depiction of battle in all its glorious valor, unbelievable horror and intimate detail amid a historical setting I can see the [...]

    11. The Richard Sharpe series is a magnificent work of historical fiction Bernard Cornwell has written an amazing series following Sharpe from a private in India to a Lt Colonel at Waterloo and then a civilian farmer.

    12. I can t believe I m giving a Sharpe novel one star Perhaps if Sharpe had put in than a token appearance I might feel differently This was an excellent, day by day, breakdown of Waterloo but Cornwell should have just made it into a history text I was glad to see Rossendale die, but this was grisly even by my standards Perhaps Sharpe s Devil will take the bad taste out of my mouth.

    13. Of all the Sharpe Novels, i think this is my favourite The story focuses entirely on the battle of Waterloo There is limited character development and Sharpe is featured as a viewer than a participant, but the sheer detail is incredible It is very close to its tv adaptation.

    14. The 20th Sharpe novel delves into the famous battle of Waterloo and pretty much nothing else This time around, Sharpe serves in the staff of the Prince of Orange fighting the war against Napoleon The author goes to great lengths to justify Sharpe s presence in the lead up engagement and then in the main battle at Waterloo and not all of these feel very natural and Sharpe really doesn t have much to do in most of those battles and serves mostly as an observer.This is the greatest failing of the n [...]

    15. For the culmination of the war I ve followed through all of these battles, the novel fell a little flat I think it suffered from being such a culmination Waterloo is a such a massive historical event ending a series of events the author is so obviously interested in that I think he couldn t resist making the novel about Waterloo than about our heroes and their time in it.A good example is the ubiquitous battle scene present in all of the novels Bernard Cornwell writes excellent battle scenes Hi [...]

    16. My first attempt at trying to learn about the battle of Waterloo, was with Cornwell s non fiction version Waterloo I found this difficult to concentrate on with no story line and endless troop movements, so I got a copy of Cornwell s HF version, Waterloo Richard Sharpe chronological order 20 I found that it gave me a good deal of basic knowledge of the actual battle, and that this was the final battle of the Napoleonic wars This was easier reading, although the main character seemed to have litt [...]

    17. I am a big fan of Bernard Cornwell He writes great historical military fiction I ve read several of the Sharpe books totally out of order and enjoy his gutter born, dirty fighting British soldier and survivor extraordinaire I have read better Sharpe books than this one, although I certainly did enjoy this book Waterloo is a daunting subject and one I knew nothing about except that Wellington won the battle There is such a wealth of literature that Cornwell ends up describing the battle at a bit [...]

    18. After reading Bernard Cornwell s recent account of the Battle of Waterloo, I decided to read his earlier historical fiction account of Sharpe s involvement in this pivotal battle For most of the book, Sharpe was an observer, moving from one part of the battlefield to another Finally in the end he took a leadership role that led to the retreat of the French and the ultimate victory Because so much has been written about this battle, I would guess that Cornwell did not want to get in the way of hi [...]

    19. Cornwell outdid himself with this original end to the Sharpe series Since then, he also wrote Sharpe s Devil in which Sharpe gets to meet the former Emperor on St Helena Waterloo was a close call Napoleon came within a millimeter s length of winning, but he was too hidebound to change his tactics that worked when facing lesser opponents Here, he was facing Wellington, who was quite another kettle of fish entirely I was gratified that in a book written primarily to entertain, its author managed t [...]

    20. Absolutely a must read for any military history enthusiast Cornwell starts out explaining events that led to Waterloo, specifically the twin battles of Quatre Bras and Ligney, where he shows how close Napoleon actually came to victory over the Prussians and British Dutch armies His detailed play by play look at the battle of Waterloo itself is very informative and draws many lessons learned for military leaders today I think I may have found a new favorite author, I can t wait to read some of B [...]

    21. I felt I ought to read something about Waterloo in the week leading up to the 200th Anniversary of the battle, so I ve put a couple of books into the reading rotation This one is to remind me of the basics a history book cunningly disguised as fiction , while The Longest Afternoon is an actual history of part of the conflict.

    22. Fascinating and excellent Cornwell combines all his skills as an author to emotionally engage the reader, while using all his skill as a historian normally used to research the background of his novels resulting in a stunning account of Waterloo And avoiding the dry tone that plagues some histories.

    23. Splendido libro che ricostruisce con un estrema abilit cronachistica la cruciale per la Storia europea e forse mondiale battaglia di Waterloo, che segn la fine definitiva del sogno di Napoleone e l inizio dell Era Moderna Con un incredibile capacit narrativa, Bernard Cornwell ci trasporta sul campo di battaglia e tutto si svolge davanti ai nostri occhi come in un film Sembra che l autore sia stato esso stesso protagonista e testimone diretto dello scontro Con ampie citazioni di memorie dei diver [...]

    24. Audiobook with excellent narrator Historical novel that covers the end of the Napoleonic wars I ve not read any other books in the series and it seems this one is 20 the end but it worked fine as a standalone Colonel Sharpe is career British army, starting as a private with the Duke of Wellington as his battalion commanding officier and now, 20 years later, still following the Duke as a colonel, he is part of the against the odds final defeat of Napoleon Lots of battlefield descriptions the horr [...]

    25. I really loved this book as the conclusion to the series that I have adored since I was a little girl I really enjoyed the fact that this book focused solely on the battle and the lead up to it however I did miss Sharpe s back story which we ve enjoyed in all the other books I love that Sharpe and Harper s relationship was just as it had always been I also appreciated that Cornwall used the actual events in the battle but put Sharpe at the forefront It was such a gripping story that I loved so m [...]

    26. Years ago I was intrigued by the proposition the the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton The summary of this thesis is that such is the superiority of the British private school education and the discipline, toughening and strategy of the educated British gentleman that he is able to defeat all foes And then I read this book and understood for the first time that the battle of Waterloo was actually won because of a convergiance of flukes of nature, timing, assumptions based [...]

    27. I ve several histories of this battle I have to say it s much interesting when the battle is retold with a favorite character in it In this case, Sharpe is a lieutenant colonel on the staff of the Prince of Orange The 23 year old Prince thinks he s a military genius when he really is a military idiot The Prince tries Sharpe s patience and Sharpe leaves the Prince s staff He seeks out an old unit and takes command of it after all the unit s officers are killed Another great story from Cornwell.

    28. It took me a bit to become engaged in the story I wondered why my soldier friend recommended this book to me, a civilian who does not typically read war stories But then I got swept up with the visceral descriptions of war and humorous dialogue in between the battles Most impressive were descriptions of the military strategies and technology I also appreciated the Author s Note at the end which briefly summarizes the controversies about this important battle.

    29. Although well written I lost interest in the details of the battles Not sure what I was hoping for, but the book focused on detailed military tactics beyond what the average reader would appreciate I learned the specifics of line, column and square formations and other interesting facts about Napoleonic warfare I would have appreciated background information about the bigger picture of the war and politics of the time.

    30. My favourite Sharpe novel One of my favourite novels Cornwell s crowning glory and Sharpe s Superb from first page to last His writing is so vivid it feels like you re actually there facing the French onslaught A novel as epic as the events it describes.

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