Dr. B Asks, “What are you reading?

“Literature and history go well together, don’t they?

Article by Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce

I ran into OCdt (I) Jack Gemmill this week, who was ready with an answer to my predictable question, “what are you reading?”

“I’m nearly done Sharpe’s Revenge, by Bernard Cornwell,” OCdt Gemmill was pleased to tell me. “It’s near the end of the series; the next volume is the battle of Waterloo.” For those who don’t already know Cornwell’s popular Sharpe series about life in Wellington’s army, Richard Sharpe is the fictional, rough and ready hero promoted from the ranks during the Spanish Peninsular War.

Sharpe’s Revenge is the 21st volume in Cornwell’s series; what keeps OCdt Gemmill coming back? “It’s packed with historical facts, so I learn something about the battles and politics, but each book also tells a fabulous story.” Literature and history go well together, don’t they? “They really do – I’m a typical 18-year-old, and no matter what I read, I want the story to grab me.”