Bernard Cornwell- Sharpe’s Fury

My friend the CPA who can run faster than you and who falls asleep reading baseball statistics was just here looking for reasonable cooperation on a civic matter and he said apologetically that he never reads books. He was apologizing because we were sitting surrounded by books because that’s what we do here and because he’s one of the city’s nicest human beings and incapable of misrepresenting himself, so he will never get elected to anything.

If I could just get him to read Bernard Cornwell who’s got a new Sharpe novel out this month I know he would give those baseball statistics a rest. Bernard Cornwell never sleeps, he just writes. It’s all genre stuff – wars, soldiers, sailors, blood, Bonaparte, fourstackers – and it’s all better than ninety seven percent of the literary novels, full of information, tough on the ruling classes, and not too bloody long. The bad guys tend to lose even though they’ve got all the advantages, but so what. That particular convention is no more outlandish than magical realism which, when a Nobel shortlister uses it, is perfectly OK with the literary chatters.

Sharpe’s Fury puts his up-from-the-ranks Captain Richard Sharpe on the outskirts of Cadiz where he has to sort out the Bonapartists from the royalists, remembering always that everybody hates the English, especially the cynical priest Father Montseny. There’s an idiot general and a gay British diplomat and, as always, great scenery and many explosions. Sharpe, as usual, comes close to losing his commission, but never the trust of his troops.

-Nemo Wolfe

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Published in: on September 27, 2006 at 3:59 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. I suppose if he also wrote about “three masters” we would only need to buy books from one author. We wouldn’t have need for all the others.


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