Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Napoleonic Reading

On a tip from a Rex Blackwell of Rex Painting Service I picked up some books that have turned out to be fantastic to read...

I am about half way through the last of a trio of Novels set during the Napoleonic Wars. The books are called The Battle (Austria 1809), The Retreat (Russia 1812), and Napoleon's Exile/The Exile (Elba 1814). The author of these books is Patrick Rambaud. I have read them out of historical order but it does not matter as each book is self contained. Rambaud interweaves historical characters with a few fictional characters in order to give us a first hand account of what life was like for Napoleon and his staff. I have enjoyed the portrayal of Napoleon and the other "Titans" of the Grande Armee as real men with common/petty worries.

If you are looking for a novel that is fun, quick to read, and gives insight into historical events any one of these books is for you.