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Waterloo A sequel to The Conscript of 1813   By:

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Waterloo is a captivating historical novel, which takes readers on a thrilling journey back to the early 19th century. Serving as a sequel to The Conscript of 1813 by Erckmann-Chatrian, this book showcases the authors' exceptional storytelling abilities and deep understanding of the period.

Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, Waterloo explores the dramatic events leading up to the infamous Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The story centers around the lives of several characters who were introduced in the previous book, allowing readers to witness their growth and transformation as they are thrust into the heart of one of history's most significant conflicts.

One of the strengths of this novel is its meticulous attention to historical detail. The authors' extensive research is evident throughout the narrative, whether it's in capturing the political climate, describing the battlefield, or portraying the complex dynamics between soldiers and their leaders. The vivid imagery painted by Erckmann-Chatrian truly immerses readers into the world of 19th-century Europe.

Furthermore, the characters in Waterloo are carefully crafted and develop in a realistic and convincing manner. Their varied experiences and personalities offer a diverse range of perspectives on the war, allowing readers to empathize with the different viewpoints and struggles encountered by those caught up in this tumultuous period. From the young soldier battling with his own conscience to the battle-hardened officer grappling with the weight of command, the protagonists are relatable and human, ensuring that readers become emotionally invested in their fates.

The pacing of the story is expertly executed, alternating between intense battle scenes and quieter moments of introspection and interpersonal relationships. This balance offers readers a chance to catch their breath amid the chaos while also keeping them engaged and hungry for more. The authors' ability to capture the essence of war, from the adrenaline-fueled tension on the battlefield to the deep despair and hopelessness that follow, is truly commendable.

In conclusion, Waterloo is a masterfully written historical novel that seamlessly continues the narrative begun in The Conscript of 1813. With its engaging plot, realistic characters, and immersive historical setting, Erckmann-Chatrian have created a compelling sequel that will leave readers eagerly anticipating their next literary endeavor. Whether one is a fan of historical fiction or simply seeking an enthralling read, Waterloo is a novel not to be missed.

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[Frontispiece: The Emperor had left for Paris.]








NEW YORK :::::::::::::::::::::: 1911


The Emperor had left for Paris . . . . . . . . . . Frontispiece

People were heard shouting, "There it is! there it is!"

A mounted hussar was looking out into the night

The Emperor, his hands behind his back and his head bent forward

He had had the courage to pull up the bucket

Combat of Hougoumont Farm


Often as the campaign of Waterloo has been described by historians and frequently as it has been celebrated in fiction it has rarely been narrated from the stand point of a private soldier participating in it and telling only what he saw. That this limitation, however, does not exclude events of the greatest importance and incidents of the most intensely dramatic interest is abundantly proved by the narrative of the Conscript who makes another campaign in this volume and describes it with his customary painstaking fulness and fidelity. But what renders "Waterloo" still more interesting is the picture it presents of the state of affairs after the first Bourbon restoration, and its description of how gradually but surely the way was prepared by the stupidity of the new régime for that return to power of Napoleon which seems so dramatically sudden and unexpected to a superficial view of the events of the time... Continue reading book >>

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