darryl cunningham (tallguywrites) wrote,
darryl cunningham

I'm Reading the Sharpe Books

I'm working my way through the Bernard Cornwall Sharpe books.

There are 26 of them incredibly. All good, although some of the early ones are a little shaky in terms of structure, but none are anything less than entertaining. It's been a great way of learning a part of history I knew nothing about. I was completely ignorant of the details of the Spanish peninsula war until these books. Men in the ranks of that era often called their officers Jack Puddings behind their backs. Most likely because it suggests someone absurd and pompous. I'm sure we still have a few of those around, especially in the Conservative party front bench. The British class system hasn't changed much over the centuries. We still take these people seriously and place them in high positions of power. Going to an elite school, speaking well and knowing a bit of Latin doesn't make you intelligent.

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