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The Subaltern free pdf Excerpt from The Subaltern As his Life of Wellington, already published in this series, shows, Gleig had the advantage of drawing on his own experience in his military tales and records, or in those of them that count to-day. In The Subaltern this was more marked than in the later books, for it is his autobiography slightly recoloured, - the story of his own Spanish and other adventures in the Wellington campaigns, before he was turned from a soldier into an army-chaplain. It is accordingly the most real of all his tales, and although it is written for the most part in the demure sententious style of the market novelists of that day, the touch of reality and the effect of the things seen and remembered save it and give it life. We find the saving touch in the last passages of the deadly assault on St. Sebastian and the street-scenes after the capture, where the orgy and debauch of the English soldiery were of a kind to satisfy the new Huns themselves. When Gleig in his cartoon calls up the tall houses in the Old Town of Edinburgh, he makes you believe in his personal share in the episodes, just as his portrait of "Duro" in the following chapter makes you feel that his dedication to the Great Duke and its reference to "a few bloody fields" had some grit in it. The fact is when Gleig is using the palaver of the ordinary annalist and telling you that some scene or another was such as to defy all the powers of language to describe it, he is merely a literary puppet. When he tells how his thirst led him to the blue slimy stream in the valley of the Bidassoa, and he saw a man's arm stick out, black and putrid, from the water, he is telling us what he had actually gone through, and the page has the virtue that every human document, genuinely set down, has in its evidence. There indeed Gleig justifies his existence as a man with a pen who had something to tell. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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Author : Unknown Author
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331161223
EAN : 9781331161226
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 408 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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