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Under Two Flags   By: (1839-1908)

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Under Two Flags is a compelling and vivid narrative that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the perils and adventures of a young British aristocrat, who abandons his privileged life to join the French Foreign Legion. Written by an unknown author, this timeless classic weaves together themes of loyalty, honor, and sacrifice, presenting readers with a captivating account of the protagonist's transformation and resilience amidst the backdrop of war and love.

The storytelling in Under Two Flags is beautifully crafted, drawing the readers into the world of the main character, Bertie Cecil. The author's ability to paint detailed and evocative descriptions of the setting immerses readers in the harsh realities of life in the Foreign Legion. The intense battles and camaraderie between Legionnaires create an atmosphere of tension and authenticity, allowing readers to experience the hardships faced by these soldiers firsthand.

One of the book's strongest aspects is its exploration of the complexities of relationships. Bertie's relationships with his fellow Legionnaires, particularly Sergeant-Major Le Marchant and his loyal servant, Ch√Ęteau-Renaud, are deeply explored. Through these bonds, the author skillfully portrays the power of loyalty and friendship, as well as the sacrifices made in the name of honor. The romantic subplot, involving the captivating Cigarette, also adds depth to Bertie's character, highlighting his internal struggles and loyalty conflicts.

Throughout the narrative, the author delves into themes of identity and the strength of the human spirit. Bertie's transformation from a disillusioned young man seeking purpose to a hero fighting for his new brothers-in-arms is both inspiring and thought-provoking. Under Two Flags presents an introspective look at the choices we make, the values we hold, and the impact they have on our lives.

While some readers may find the pacing sluggish at times, as the author is known to indulge in lengthy descriptions, the overall enjoyment of the book is not compromised. The measured pace allows for a deeper understanding of the characters and their motivations, heightening the emotional impact of key moments in the story.

Although the identity of the author remains unknown, it is evident that their writing skill is exceptional. Through the use of vivid imagery and compelling storytelling, they have created a memorable and impactful novel that touches on themes as timeless as honor, loyalty, and sacrifice. Under Two Flags is a classic that will resonate with readers for generations to come, and leaves them pondering the true depths of a person's character when faced with adversity.

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UNDER TWO FLAGS

by Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]

TO COLONEL POULETT CAMERON whose family has given so many brilliant soldiers to the armies of France and England and made the battle fields of Europe ring with "The War Cry of Lochiel" this story of a soldier's life is dedicated in sincere friendship.

AVIS AU LECTEUR.

This Story was originally written for a military periodical. It has been fortunate enough to receive much commendation from military men, and for them it is now specially issued in its present form. For the general public it may be as well to add that, where translations are appended to the French phrases, those translations usually follow the idiomatic and particular meaning attached to these expressions in the argot of the Army of Algeria, and not the correct or literal one given to such words or sentences in ordinary grammatical parlance.

OUIDA.

UNDER TWO FLAGS.

CHAPTER I.

"BEAUTY OF THE BRIGADES."

"I don't say but what he's difficult to please with his Tops," said Mr. Rake, factotum to the Hon. Bertie Cecil, of the 1st Life Guards, with that article of hunting toggery suspended in his right hand as he paused, before going upstairs, to deliver his opinions with characteristic weight and vivacity to the stud groom, "he is uncommon particular about 'em; and if his leathers aint as white as snow he'll never touch 'em, tho' as soon as the pack come nigh him at Royallieu, the leathers might just as well never have been cleaned, them hounds jump about him so; old Champion's at his saddle before you can say Davy Jones... Continue reading book >>






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