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The Snare

It is a story in which fact and fiction are delightfully blended and one that is entertaining in high degree from first to last. This link for educational purpose only. Please remove file from your computer after familiarization.

The Snare is the novel by Rafael Sabatini published in 1917... Plot : It is a story in which fact and fiction are delightfully blended and one that is entertaining in high degree from first to last. Want to Read Rate this book 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars The Snare by Rafael Sabatini 3.66  ·  It is established beyond doubt that Mr. Butler was drunk at the time. This rests upon the evidence of Sergeant Flanagan and the troopers who accompanied him, and it rests upon Mr. Butler's own word, as we shall see. As a devotee of the Peninsular War, I was intrigued to come across a Sabatini novel set in Portugal during the Napoleonic era. It wasn't quite the book I was expecting. For one thing, the plot is not as tight as most of the other Sabatini novels I have read and there are many missed opportunities in the storyline. The book starts out with an inspired adventure featuring the character of Richard Butler. It is after this promising beginning that we discover that the book actually centers on Butler's brother-in-law, an irishman named Sir Terence O'Moy who is Wellington's Adjutant-General in Lisbon during the Peninsular War. O'Moy is forced to promise to put Richard in front of a firing squad as soon as he is found. This would be an interesting premise for a book with lots of political intrigue and agonizing about who one owes his first duty: one's family or one's country, but the book is more devoted to O'Moy's troubles with his jealousy over the company kept by his air-headed but beautiful wife, Una. Biography : Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950) was an Italian/English writer of novels of romance and adventure. Rafael Sabatini was born in Iesi, Italy, to an English mother (Anna Trafford) and Italian father. His parents were opera singers who became teachers. At a young age, Rafael was exposed to many languages, living with his grandfather in England, attending school in Portugal, and, as a teenager, in Switzerland. By the time he was 17, when he returned to England to live permanently, he had mastered five languages. He quickly added a sixth language – English – to his linguistic collection. He consciously chose to write in his adopted language, because, he said, “all the best stories are written in English". After a brief stint in the business world, Sabatini went to work as a writer. He wrote short stories in the 1890s, and his first novel came out in 1902. In 1905, he married Ruth Goad Dixon, the daughter of a Liverpool merchant. It took Sabatini roughly a quarter of a century of hard work before he attained success with Scaramouche in 1921. The novel, an historical romance set during the French Revolution, became an international bestseller. It was followed by the equally successful Captain Blood (1922). Extrait : Una's cousin, Sylvia Armytage and Captain Tremayne, O'Moy's staff assistant, could have been the ones who saved the day but they don't get to. They could have been used to personify O'Moy's major emotional conflict: Sylvia representing family and Tremayne representing military duty. They could have been used as the emotional center of the novel. Instead they are built up as characters only to be shoved aside later. Like Richard Butler, who disappears from the narrative only to return some time later to whine about his situation. The last lost opportunity is that no one really gets to change either their personal outlook or their fate. No one really pays for their sins. Everything is simply resolved by chance. The Snare felt very disjointed and uneven. Parts of it were fun to read and made me keep turning the pages. Other sections seemed to lack the verve of Sabatini's better works. There was so much potential in the novel with the political maneuverings, the emotional conflict between duty to family and duty to nation...

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Book pages: 480

ISBN: 1521391548

Book language: en

File size: 1,015.16 KB

File type: pdf

Published: 07 November 2021 - 16:00