The Sage of Waterloo

The Sage of Waterloo

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The most beguiling and distinctive debut novel of the season: the Battle of Waterloo…as told by a rabbit.
On June 17, 1815, the Duke of Wellington amassed his troops at Hougoumont, an ancient farmstead not far from Waterloo. The next day, the French attacked—the first shots of the Battle of Waterloo—sparking a brutal, day-long skirmish that left six thousand men either dead or wounded.William is a white rabbit living at Hougoumont today. Under the tutelage of his mysterious and wise grandmother Old Lavender, William attunes himself to the echoes and ghosts of the battle, and through a series of adventures he comes to recognize how deeply what happened at Waterloo two hundred years before continues to reverberate. “Nature,” as Old Lavender says, “never truly recovers from human cataclysms.”The Sage of Waterloo is a playful retelling of a key turning point in human history, full of vivid insights about Napoleon, Wellington, and the battle itself—and a slyly profound reflection on our place in the world.

Baker & Taylor
A reimagining of the Battle of Waterloo is told from the viewpoint of William, a white rabbit living at Hougoumont, the historic farm on the battle site.

Baker
& Taylor

A playful reimagining of the Battle of Waterloo is told from the viewpoint of William, a white rabbit living at Hougoumont, the historic farm on the battle site.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, c2015
ISBN: 9780393246919
Branch Call Number: FIC FRA
Characteristics: x, 224 p. ;,20 cm.

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Aug 26, 2015

Charming, fuzzy, philosophical. Enjoyed learning about Waterloo, and also some about philosophy of war. Loved Watership Down, and loved this little book. The Sage of Waterloo stands on it's own, though. I believe that over the time the book will gain plenty of dog-ears

eferry Jul 08, 2015

A little bit disjunctive, this story tracks the life and experiences of a very special rabbit living in Hougoumont, the estate located close the Waterloo.

In a short but intense tale, Francombe shares not only information and anecdotes from the Battle of Waterloo, but ideas of life and memory in a place

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