Too Few for Drums

Too Few for Drums

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552089982
  • 9780552089982

Review Text

Delderfield spins off his action tale of the adventures of a young British ensign and his men from behind French lines during the Napoleonic wars with gruff ease; however, his characters and motivation are based on the same well-oiled assumptions which have offered his adult audiences an easy retreat. Ensign Graham nervously rallies a ragtag group of men in occupied Portugal in 1810, with the considerable help of beautiful but bedraggled Gwyneth, a veteran camp follower whose main contribution seems to be to make a man of Graham by striking her colors in the glade. ("If you take me you will feel yourself a man. . .") Girls - and boys these days - may well question such mythic female priorities, and adults might wonder if explicit sex scenes and flashing views of "broad hips and buttocks" will defuse the musket fire. The action, as stalwarts are picked off one by one, as the options dwindle and as Graham (presumably powered from below) assumes leadership with confidence, is fast and flawless. But alas for Gwyneth and her admirers - no matter how sharp her shooting, how brilliant her ballistics, it's the rear action in the glen that prevails. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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83 ratings
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4 45% (37)
3 30% (25)
2 2% (2)
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