BookReview-Rifleman Dodd by C.S. Forester
RiflemanDoddby C. S. Forester is an intriguing novel about the 1807 war betweenthe French and the Portuguese. It takes the form of a fictionalnovel, the main character being an English rifleman originating fromthe 95thBrigade. The rifleman is mistakenly separated from his unit andembarks on an adventurous mission to find his way back to the unit.
Varioustactical quagmires that required quick thinking characterize thejourney back to the 95th Rifle Brigade. In an attempt to evade theFrench, he leads Portuguese natives in frustrating the progress ofthe French. Dodd uses his superior rifle to outclass the French,unlike the poor technology used by the French his rifle could pickoff French soldiers from over 100 yards. He unites local men againstthe emperor and uses his remarkable tactics and superior rifle tooutclass the French.
Thebook provides the reader with a big picture of the French-Portuguesewar. The most interesting bit is the impressive individual survivaltactics of the rifleman. The big picture enables the reader tounderstand the story from Dodd’s perspective as well as theperspective of the French. Within the story, the author is careful toprovide calculated breaks explaining the continuing events in themajor war between the French and the British.
Thisis an interesting novel since apart from reflecting on the war, thereader can appreciate the effect of Dodd’s actions in the directionof the battle. Finally, the French retreat from the war having beenoutclassed by the British. Forester produces a remarkable storyreflecting on the willingness of a single man to serve his countrydespite the difficulties faced during the process. It is a wonderfulpiece of literature highlighting the power of mental strength,agility, and determination in overcoming impossible odds.