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C. S. Forester

The Gun by C.S. Forester (Vintage 1965 Hardcover)

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“The Gun” is a novel written by C.S. Forester, the British author best known for his “Horatio Hornblower” series. Published in 1933, “The Gun” is a gripping tale set during the Spanish Civil War.

The novel centers around a single, massive artillery piece – a 12-inch naval gun – and the efforts of a Republican guerrilla unit to transport it across enemy lines to a strategic location. The gun, which is a formidable weapon, becomes a symbol of hope and defiance for the Republican forces, but its journey is fraught with challenges and danger.

Forester masterfully depicts the struggles faced by the men tasked with moving the gun through hostile territory, as well as the moral dilemmas they encounter along the way. The novel explores themes of heroism, sacrifice, and the brutal realities of war, while also providing insight into the political and social context of the Spanish Civil War.

“The Gun” is praised for its taut storytelling, vivid characters, and intense action sequences. It is considered one of Forester’s finest works outside of the Hornblower series and remains a classic of military fiction.


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