Il 18 giugno del 1815 gli eserciti di Francia, Gran Bretagna e Prussia si scontrarono in una tranquilla piana a sud di Bruxelles. La sanguinosa battaglia di Waterloo sarebbe diventata una pietra miliare nella storia europea, studiata e analizzata più e più volte. Con la consueta abilità che lo ha consacrato amatissimo maestro del romanzo storico, Bernard Cornwell racconta la cronaca dei quattro giorni che precedettero la battaglia e poi, ora per ora, le emozioni di quella fatidica giornata, in un preciso e appassionante lavoro di ricostruzione. Quello che ne risulta è un avvincente resoconto di un momento storico drammatico, dalla fuga di Napoleone dall'isola d'Elba fino ai campi insanguinati dell'ultimo, disperato atto dell'epopea bonapartesca. Da queste pagine prendono vita così l'incalzare degli eventi della battaglia, ma anche i pensieri e le preoccupazioni dei due grandi protagonisti, Napoleone e Sir Arthur Wellesley, duca di Wellington, così come di tutti i soldati che presero parte a quell'evento memorabile.
- ISBN: 8850242875
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 336
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 Leggi tutto
Book 20 in the Richard Sharpe series. A bit of a change in the story narrative this time, the last 19 books have been more concerned with the life and times of Richard Sharpe with a battle of some importance as a back drop. But this time the narrative is well and truly about the battle of Waterloo wi Leggi tutto
Waterloo is of course one of the biggest battles in European history. Cornwell brings history to life in a way you would never get in a class room. Waterloo was originally intended to be the last book of a 11 part Sharpe series but since completion Cornwell has added to Sharpe's career and polished
I've just re-read the entire series over several months (with a few other books sprinkled here and there). I would rate Bernard Cornwell number one when it comes to historical fiction, and the Sharpe series is my favourite of his many stories. Obviously some are better than others but a few really s Leggi tutto
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
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 more on and around the subject than is healthy for anyone. Although I've never actually read a Bernard Cornwell no Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
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 whe Leggi tutto
As well written as ever. The boys own adventure delivers the thrills made all the better by the historical detail and nuance.
Ačkoliv je to popis nebo spíš analýza bitvy, toho, co jí předcházelo a jejích následků, bez osobního příběhu, je to napsáno hodně čtivě. Fakta doplněná vzpomínkami vojáků ze všech tří armád jsou jasně vyprávěna. Snad jen toho polopatického opakování hlavních faktů by mohlo být méně (pravděpodobně pr Leggi tutto
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