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By Karen L. on 26-02-16
Factual narration recounts details of battles.
There isn't much human interest here, not much personal drama for our cavalier. He is concerned only with his battles. I was most interested in the Swedish army and King Adolphus, somebody I had never learned about, especially his encampment and battle at Leipzig. I have toured in Leipzig, and I know that Thomanerkirche, where Bach led the boys' choir, was there during the Thirty Years War. So, picturing that city and Nurnberg too with battles raging added to my appreciation of places I have been.
In England and Scotland, place names and those of commanders and battles abound. By the time our soldier fights for King Charles, he is enough of a sophisticated strategian to assess at each movement what the King has done right and wrong--mostly wrong!
I listened to each chapter at least twice to digest as much as possible, because I want to be familiar with European wars, but this book might be disappointing to anyone who is expecting an intriguing narrative like Moll Flanders or Robinson Cruscoe. The narrator recounts each movement of dragoons with clear, but matter-of-fact style, quite appropriate for a memoir or journal. Perhaps the strongest emotion is evident in his great friendship and admiration for King Adolphus.
If you are determined to "finish" Defoe, an easy author to exhaust, then go for it!