"But my main purpose in writing this review is to warn potential readers about glitches in the kindlisation (at least for Mac & Android). Every page has at least one and sometimes several misplaced hyphens, mid-word, which bec- ame pre- tty distra- cting by the end."
"I wanted to read one story in this collection (The Duel) after seeing Ridley Scott's first film, The Duellists, on which it is closely based. By casting more light on the background story of the Napoleonic Wars, the prose has a richer context than the film, which at times feels slow, with a self-conscious effort to make every gorgeous frame look like a contemporary painting. The film adds a broken affair whose absence is not felt in the prose version: and the latter handles better the flowering of the protagonist's romance and marriage by connecting it more closely to the running thread of repeated duelling."
Napoleon I., whose career had the quality of a duel against the whole of Europe, disliked duelling between the officers of his army. The great military emperor was not a swashbuckler, and had little respect for tradition.
Nevertheless, a story of duelling, which became a legend in the army, runs through the epic of imperial wars. To the surprise and admiration of their fellows, two officers, like insane artists trying to gild refined gold or paint the lily, pursued a private contest through the years of universal carnage.