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The Great Shadow, also known as The Great Shadow and other Napoleonic Tales, is an action and adventure novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published in 1892 in J.W. Arrowsmith's Bristol Library. The novel takes place in the Napoleonic era on the English-Scottish border city called West Inch. The Great Shadow refers to the Napoleon's influence and his reputation th The Great Shadow, also known as The Great Shadow and other Napoleonic Tales, is an action and adventure novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published in 1892 in J.W. Arrowsmith's Bristol Library. The novel takes place in the Napoleonic era on the English-Scottish border city called West Inch. The Great Shadow refers to the Napoleon's influence and his reputation that forms a shadow over West Inch.


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The Great Shadow, also known as The Great Shadow and other Napoleonic Tales, is an action and adventure novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published in 1892 in J.W. Arrowsmith's Bristol Library. The novel takes place in the Napoleonic era on the English-Scottish border city called West Inch. The Great Shadow refers to the Napoleon's influence and his reputation th The Great Shadow, also known as The Great Shadow and other Napoleonic Tales, is an action and adventure novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published in 1892 in J.W. Arrowsmith's Bristol Library. The novel takes place in the Napoleonic era on the English-Scottish border city called West Inch. The Great Shadow refers to the Napoleon's influence and his reputation that forms a shadow over West Inch.

30 review for The Great Shadow Illustrated: Fiction, Historical, Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

    Another Conan Doyle tale set around Napoleon, and this one, unlike Uncle Bernac is not completely taken by storm and dominated by Napoleon whether or not it wanted to be, the way Europe was for a while. Conan Doyle takes his time getting to the big ticket moments, painting a richly detailed portrait of the boyhood and adolescence of a rural Scots lad whose teenage love triangle is bent out of shape when a refugee from the Napoleonic wars and 'the great shadow' going into temporary exile on Elba Another Conan Doyle tale set around Napoleon, and this one, unlike Uncle Bernac is not completely taken by storm and dominated by Napoleon whether or not it wanted to be, the way Europe was for a while. Conan Doyle takes his time getting to the big ticket moments, painting a richly detailed portrait of the boyhood and adolescence of a rural Scots lad whose teenage love triangle is bent out of shape when a refugee from the Napoleonic wars and 'the great shadow' going into temporary exile on Elba walks into his world and walks out with the girl. A spurned fiance vows vengeance against the Frenchman, revealed to be Napleon's aide, Bonaventure de Lissac. The last third of the novel is taken up by a rousing, incredibly detailed soldier's-eye-view of the battle of Waterloo. Conan Doyle ranked his historical novels as his best work, and frankly there is little in even the Holmes tales to match up to his recreations of historical battles; and he is in fine form here, showing us all the terror, heroism and brutality of war in such immediate, telling terms that it almost feels like a real eye-witness account. This novel is not without its melodramatic elements, but stands out to me for the loving detail of the opening and closing acts, sections of the novel that stand in stark contrast to each other, yet fit together in the end.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    "And as for us, our work was done, for the great shadow had been cleared away from Europe, and should no longer be thrown across the breadth of the lands, over peaceful farms and little villages, darkening the lives which should have been so happy." — Arthur Conan Doyle For select writers there is nothing dark or shadowy about their work. It is bright and glassy and refreshing. And it is most refreshing to also come upon a work that is penned by a renowned physician, sportsman, poet, politician, "And as for us, our work was done, for the great shadow had been cleared away from Europe, and should no longer be thrown across the breadth of the lands, over peaceful farms and little villages, darkening the lives which should have been so happy." — Arthur Conan Doyle For select writers there is nothing dark or shadowy about their work. It is bright and glassy and refreshing. And it is most refreshing to also come upon a work that is penned by a renowned physician, sportsman, poet, politician, justicer, spiritualist, campaigner, and adventurer. And who is also the famed British writer, Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle. What is more satisfying? That his well-composed piece does not focus on his most famous fictional character, the detective Sherlock Holmes, but instead, centers around a character of no particular talents, or brilliance, but is a simple country boy with an uncommitted plan for his future. Also, it is a story that wonderfully reaches out to its reader with tales of romance, love triangles, male camaraderie & betrayal, heroism & war, power of wealth, entitlement, and social class. It is called The Great Shadow . "...the fear of that man hung like a black shadow over all Europe, and that there was a time when the glint of a fire at night upon the coast would set every woman upon her knees and every man gripping for his musket. He had always won: that was the terror of it." Also known as The Great Shadow and other Napoleonic Tales , it was published in 1892, and provides a unique, personal account of a simple country family, their neighbors, and their friends, during the Napoleonic War Era. There, in a small coastal town called West Inch, located on the English–Scottish border, the story follows its narrator Jack Colder, as he reflects, first on memories as a young boy, then through life in a Jesuit boarding school, to ultimately his participation in one of history’s most infamous battles. And like any good historical novel, the author understates the historical aspects of the story setting and doesn’t let it distract from the true focus: on the characters, their passions, their frailties, their aspirations, their obsessions, and their humanity. Like any good yarn it is about those special, memorable moments of life and death. That existence can go immutable for years, and then suddenly, ironically, find dramatic change in just a few hours. "One gets past being afraid or thinking of one's own skin after a while, and you just feel that you want to make some one pay for all you have gone through. We took our change out of the lancers that time; for they had no breastplates to shield them ... Maybe, if we could have seen 70 mothers weeping for their lads, we should not have felt so pleased over it". This novel (short at just 100 pages) offers at lot, but it satisfies even more. It does it simply and plainly. For it is the modest, unassuming consistency of style that Conan Doyle routinely offers, with his poetic delivery, his smart narrative trajectory, and mostly, his special gift for providing those well designed and timely surprise revelations (as revealed best with his detective stories), that really enhances this novel's allure. And of all the characteristics and genre’s this story covers, there is that additional small dash of mystery as well. Predictability finds no shadows to hide in or surprise a reader from here. It is bright and glassy and refreshing. “... I was like the man who set forth to lay hands upon the rainbow, and that the real Edie Calder, however near she might seem, was in truth for ever beyond my reach".

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fr. Kyle

    When I first started reading this book, I was bored by the pitiful teenage romance, but I kept reading with the promise of war on the horizon. I'm glad I did. Doyle fashioned a fantastic novel here moving out of the detective fiction we know him for and into historical fiction. He did a great job of communicating a story of an average boy who because of extraordinary circumstances fights in the Battle of Waterloo. If you enjoy good fiction, historical fiction in particular you will enjoy this bo When I first started reading this book, I was bored by the pitiful teenage romance, but I kept reading with the promise of war on the horizon. I'm glad I did. Doyle fashioned a fantastic novel here moving out of the detective fiction we know him for and into historical fiction. He did a great job of communicating a story of an average boy who because of extraordinary circumstances fights in the Battle of Waterloo. If you enjoy good fiction, historical fiction in particular you will enjoy this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    A Napoleonic classic from Doyle, no Sherlock Holmes here. The narrator, Jock, tells all about his life as a child, his cousin's first visit to thier home, his best friend, thier strange visitor many years later, and his eventually becoming a soldier..... A Napoleonic classic from Doyle, no Sherlock Holmes here. The narrator, Jock, tells all about his life as a child, his cousin's first visit to thier home, his best friend, thier strange visitor many years later, and his eventually becoming a soldier.....

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arzu Onuklu

    Sherlock holmes serisini bu kitabı okuyarak tamamlamış oldum. Kesinlikle süper hikayelerdi. "Emekleyen Adam " adlı hikaye de Watson'un Holmes'un alıskanlıklarından bir tanesi olmuştum demesine üzüldüm. Evet Watson geri planda kalsa ve Holmes gibi çıkarım yapamasa da Holmes için alışkanlıktan öte gerçek dostuydu şahsen ben öyle düşünüyorum. Devamında ki Aslan Yelesi adlı hikayede Holmes'un emeklilik günleri ve arıcılık hobisine değiniyor ve orda Watson'un yanında fazla bulunmadığına üzülüyor -eve Sherlock holmes serisini bu kitabı okuyarak tamamlamış oldum. Kesinlikle süper hikayelerdi. "Emekleyen Adam " adlı hikaye de Watson'un Holmes'un alıskanlıklarından bir tanesi olmuştum demesine üzüldüm. Evet Watson geri planda kalsa ve Holmes gibi çıkarım yapamasa da Holmes için alışkanlıktan öte gerçek dostuydu şahsen ben öyle düşünüyorum. Devamında ki Aslan Yelesi adlı hikayede Holmes'un emeklilik günleri ve arıcılık hobisine değiniyor ve orda Watson'un yanında fazla bulunmadığına üzülüyor -evet hikayeyi kaydetmediğine üzülüyor gibi görünse de içten içe dostunun eksikliğine üzülüyor-.Benim için Holmes ve Watson ayrı düşünülmesi zor bir ikili... Aslan Yelesi adlı hikayeyi de bu nedenle Holmes'un ağzından dinliyoruz. Sonuçta gene güzeldi Sherlock Holmes'un zekasına gene hayran kaldım. Bu hikayelerden en etkilendiğim Thor Köprüsü oldu. Nefretin bir insana neler yaptırabileceğini gösteren bir hikaye idi. Karantina günlerinde Holmes evrenine sığındım tavsiye ederim. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; size minnettarım. Poirottan sonra en sevdiğim dedektifi yazdığınız için... müthiş bir zeka örneği

  6. 4 out of 5

    Umut Çalışan

    Kitap 10 adet, Holmes tarafından çözülmüş hikayeden oluşuyor. Ana kurgu gereği olaylardan biri hariç hepsi, çözüldükten sonra, Holmes'in en yakın arkadaşı, ortağı ve aynı zamanda biyografi yazarı olan Dr. John Watson tarafından kaleme alınmış. (Bazı kaynaklar Dr. Watson'un bizzat Sir Arthur Conan Doyle'nin kendisi olduğundan bahsediyor.) sadece son olayı Holmes'in ağzından dinliyoruz. Hal böyle olunca maceralar anlık aksiyondan kısmen uzak kalmış. Yani alışıldık polisiyelerde olduğu gibi kahraman Kitap 10 adet, Holmes tarafından çözülmüş hikayeden oluşuyor. Ana kurgu gereği olaylardan biri hariç hepsi, çözüldükten sonra, Holmes'in en yakın arkadaşı, ortağı ve aynı zamanda biyografi yazarı olan Dr. John Watson tarafından kaleme alınmış. (Bazı kaynaklar Dr. Watson'un bizzat Sir Arthur Conan Doyle'nin kendisi olduğundan bahsediyor.) sadece son olayı Holmes'in ağzından dinliyoruz. Hal böyle olunca maceralar anlık aksiyondan kısmen uzak kalmış. Yani alışıldık polisiyelerde olduğu gibi kahramanlarla birlikte olayın içine girip katili kovalamıyoruz. Biz hiç görmeden, farkında olmadan Holmes bir yerlere girip çıkıyor, ardından eşsiz gözlem ve çıkarımda bulunma yeteneği ile yan yana koyduğu verileri değerlendirip, sonuca ulaştıktan sonra kısa bir brifing ile bizleri aydınlatıyor. http://www.umutcalisan.com/2017/07/go...

  7. 4 out of 5

    MrDritus

    przeczytana po polsku

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lavender

    A tale of a boy who grew up to be a man and along the way found romance and war.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amx Alamin

    Excelent Story 💕💕💕

  10. 4 out of 5

    İrem Gençer

    Her öykü birbirinden daha güzel ve daha heyecanlı. Okumaktan hiç sıkılmayacağım bir seri.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Fascinating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story of a boy growing up in Scotland, his relationships with his beautiful cousin, his strong and handsome best friend, and an interesting stranger who comes to their little waterside farm village and changes all their lives forever. We see the boy grow into a soldier who fights in the Battle of Waterloo, and gives us his interesting insights on it. (I listened to this as a free audiobook downloaded from Librivox.org.)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    One realizes again what a great writer Sir Arthur was when you read something else by him other than a Sherlock Holmes yarn. This is a wonderful suspense/adventure/romance/historical novel. I read it in French because I had an old copy lying around that I had never finished but I ordered the English original in a compendium of other stories and believe I'll read it again in companionship with the other two stories in Doyle's "Napoleonic trilogy." One realizes again what a great writer Sir Arthur was when you read something else by him other than a Sherlock Holmes yarn. This is a wonderful suspense/adventure/romance/historical novel. I read it in French because I had an old copy lying around that I had never finished but I ordered the English original in a compendium of other stories and believe I'll read it again in companionship with the other two stories in Doyle's "Napoleonic trilogy."

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dane Cobain

    This is one of Conan Doyle's lesser-known works, but that doesn't mean it's not worth reading - in fact, his tale of love and war is beautifully well-written, vivid and alive despite the fact that the Napoleonic Wars ended 44 years before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was even born. Most of the manuscript is dedicated to the titular story, but you can expect to enjoy a couple of shorter stories at the end - still, The Great Shadow is the main attraction here, and you're going to enjoy it. This is one of Conan Doyle's lesser-known works, but that doesn't mean it's not worth reading - in fact, his tale of love and war is beautifully well-written, vivid and alive despite the fact that the Napoleonic Wars ended 44 years before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was even born. Most of the manuscript is dedicated to the titular story, but you can expect to enjoy a couple of shorter stories at the end - still, The Great Shadow is the main attraction here, and you're going to enjoy it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sylvester

    Boy grows up to fight Napoleon at Waterloo. An old-fashioned adventure about friendship, love, and patriotism - and the disappointments and betrayals found in all. Finding the "enemy" to be heroic men - the ironies of war. Maybe not a dazzler, but a solid tale nonetheless. Boy grows up to fight Napoleon at Waterloo. An old-fashioned adventure about friendship, love, and patriotism - and the disappointments and betrayals found in all. Finding the "enemy" to be heroic men - the ironies of war. Maybe not a dazzler, but a solid tale nonetheless.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debby

  16. 4 out of 5

    Berkay Avcılar

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ömercan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fatih

  19. 5 out of 5

    Avni Yılmaz

  20. 4 out of 5

    edmund sherrington

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joaquín

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mkerogazov

  23. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pedro Elías Alpízar Salas

  25. 5 out of 5

    Serhan Akboga

  26. 5 out of 5

    Asya Arslan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Isabel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Scattergreymatter

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adam Krawczyk

  30. 5 out of 5

    Harun Sarıkaya

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