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  • Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

Robert Graves first came across the name of Roger Lamb in 1914, when he was an English officer instructing his platoon in regimental history. Lamb was a British soldier who had served his king during the American War of Independent, and whose claim to a footnote in history is that he managed to escape twice from American prison camps. When Graves went to American in the 1930s, he remembered Sergeant Lamb, investigated his story and created this fictionalized memoir stretching from Lamb’s Irish childhood to war and revolution, weaving a mesmerizing tale of courage and adventure.

Good-Bye to All That, and his speculative study of poetic inspiration, The White Goddes, have never been out of print. Graves earned his living by writing popular historical novels, including I, Clauius (for which he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize), King Jesus, The Golden Fleece and Count Belisarus. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961 and made an honorary fellow of St John’s College, Oxford, in 1971.

©1940 Robert Graves (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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“Among the most generous, self-willed, unseemly and brilliant writers of our century” (New York Times)

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So stilted and long-winded as to be un-listeanble

What disappointed you about Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth?

It is written in the voice of a semi-educated 18th century Irishman trying to be literary. The result is pompous, stilted and utterly dull. The pace is wrong. It even manages to make battle scenes boring.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Graves again?

Possibly. Goodbye to All that was much better than this as it is written in the author's own voice

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It seems to be based on good historical research. However, the view expressed of the American revolution is so pro-British, we can only take it as an accurate reflection of the narrator's prejudices, not of actual history.

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  • mr
  • 24-03-20

Lost classic! Entertaining and erudite Mr Graves!

This is the second time I have listened to this engrossing obverse view of the American Revolution. Some aspects of attitude to race are old fashioned, but not without a certain wry sympathy to the oppressed.