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READ ñ The Point of Honor: A Military Tale ô Rispetto al film che Ridley Scott ne ha tratto interpreti Harvey Keitel e Keith Carradine il racconto di Conrad ha una dimensione di affresco storico che sorprende in un racconto di non più di cento pagine L’epopea napoleonica è raccontata attraverso le storie degli uomini che l’hanno fatDi tali sentimenti ed eccessi Conrad ambienta la vicenda straordinaria di due uomini che si odiano e s’inseguono attraverso l’Europa intrecciando un inuietante rapporto fatto di rancore invidia paura ma anche di rispetto e di lealt. Lieutenant Feraud nearly kills a civilian in a duel so Lieutenant D'Hubert is sent to confine him to house arrest The two duel and from then on at each promotion they fight a duel This novella was nice and it does give you a portrait of military life during and after Napoleon Bonaparte but I just didn't care for either character

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Rispetto al film che Ridley Scott ne ha tratto interpreti Harvey Keitel e Keith Carradine il racconto di Conrad ha una dimensione di affresco storico che sorprende in un racconto di non più di cento pagine L’epopea napoleonica è rac. Brilliant novella written by a true master story teller Two officers in the Napoleon wars are extremely focused on the duels they fight with each other D'Hubert aristocratic moderate a strategist who doesn't love Napoleon Feraud a hot blooded Gascogne on the other hand loves Napoleon He is obsessed with getting the series of duels on The original reason for the fight of honor is trivial Both are promoted through the ranks both are generals at the end Napoleon is over the wars too but the fighting between those men goes on How will it end What solution is D'Hubert thinking over Well plotted masterly written philosophical novella A classic I can highly recommending this interesting and profound story


The Point of Honor A Military TaleContata attraverso le storie degli uomini che l’hanno fatta in uell’irripetibile coacervo di idealismi arrivismi senso dell’onore ambizioni coraggio e disperazione che caratterizzano gli ufficiali della Grande Armée In un’epoca. “They were officers of cavalry and their connection with the high spirited but fanciful animal which carries men into battle seems particularly appropriate It would be difficult to imagine for heroes of this legend two officers of infantry of the line for example whose fantasy is tamed by much walking exercise and whose valour necessarily must be of a plodding kind As to gunners or engineers whose heads are kept cool on a diet of mathematics it is simply unthinkable”Conrad’s short story The Duel was first serialized in The Pall Mall Magazine in early 1908 and it shows that Conrad was not only a virtuoso spinner of seafaring yarn but also mastered landlubbers business Of course the best examples of this may be novels such as The Secret Agent or Under Western Eyes As the above uotation shows The Duel starts somewhat tongue in cheek as it describes the two antagonists D’Hubert and the Gascon Feraud both lieutenants of the Imperial army whose fates are going to be linked by what may be called an affair of honour that induces them to meet each other repeatedly in duels Actually the whole feud starts from a mere nothing the fiery and aggressive Feraud taking umbrage at being formally placed under house detention by D’Hubert on the general’s behest for a duel in which he wounded a civilian Since Feraud cannot challenge the general he challenges D’Hubert and the Gascon’s rash decision results in a comical serious duel under the eyes of a deaf gardener and an hysteric housemaid This however is just the beginning and the feud between the two officers will continue during the whole of the Napoleonic wars and even beyond We mostly share D’Hubert’s perspective who is definitely the complex and reflective of the two men but even D’Hubert who privately winces at the inane cause of their enmity knowing well that such an affair might seriously damage his career and give him the reputation of a uarrelsome man cannot help playing by the rules forced upon him by Feraud – simply because the conventions of honour as he perceives them oblige him toStill there seems to be to it than just honour – maybe D’Hubert does get a kick out of those on and off encounters with the rabid Gascon and at the end the two men seemed to be manacled by fate in some inexplicable way Conrad’s style becomes less and less ironic in the course of the tale and he even manages to open to us the great vista of the catastrophic retreat of La Grande Armée against the backdrop of which the personal enmity between the two officers may appear ridiculous”They plodded on and their passage did not disturb the mortal silence of the plains shining with the livid light of snows under a sky the colour of ashes Whirlwinds ran along the fields broke against the dark column enveloped it in a turmoil of flying icicles and subsided disclosing it creeping on its tragic way without the swing and rhythm of the military pace It struggled onwards the men exchanging neither words nor looks; whole ranks marched touching elbow day after day and never raising their eyes from the ground as if lost in despairing reflections In the dumb black forests of pines the cracking of overloaded branches was the only sound they heard Often from daybreak to dusk no one spoke in the whole column It was like a macabre march of struggling corpses towards a distant grave”Is it a sign of human greatness or folly to keep up amidst this void of ice haunted misery personal animositiesLater on the story will move towards a final bitter encounter when D’Hubert realizes that the only way he can get rid of his embittered foe is to kill him in the next duel This final encounter reads like a fast paced thriller but the ending of the tale – what the author supposed to be a fine psychological twist – may fall flat to you as it did to meStill the story is well worth reading and your reading experience should be rounded off with the gripping movie The Duellists 1977 by Ridey Scott which is based on this tale