Publish date: December 18th 2008
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
As I understand it, this is one of those archetypical books of an earlier era in which noble, privileged Englishmen ran off to the French Foreign Legion so as to confront adventure and romance. They're all so honest, upright and noble, never noticing for a moment that they're hideously racist and ar...
bookshelves: adventure, african-continent, classic, filthy-lucre, fraudio, france, play-dramatisation, war, afr-tunisia Read in October, 2009 ** spoiler alert ** 31/10/2009 - Now for the Marty Feldman film!----------Beau Geste (Classic Serial) 04-10-2009 - 11-10-2009Beau Geste is PC Wren's classi...
31/10/2009 - Now for the Marty Feldman film!----------Beau Geste (Classic Serial) 04-10-2009 - 11-10-2009 Beau Geste is PC Wren's classic story of honour, love and adventure. The Geste brothers run away from England, home and romance to join the French Foreign Legion, following the mysterious disapp...
When people talk about running away and joining the Foreign Legion, they're probably referring to this book, even if they don't know they are. Stirring British Empire stiff-upper-lip stuff. There is a fantastic scene near the end which I often think of.