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.
This book was full of gems of information that I have found nowhere else in my extensive study on the subject. The author (A World War I British infantry officer and later scholar and writer) makes a few predictable errors, such as saying rifle when he means musket, but the excellent details given by the author greatly fill in the background of the war from the grunt's point of view. Before I can use this book as a reference in my own writing, I will have to wheedle out which parts are from the original memoir.
Sean Barrett does a superb job of bringing to life this fictionalized first person account of Roger Lamb .
This is one of the very few first person accounts of an individual fighting in the American Revolutionary War. Even more rare is that this account is from a British Soldier.
Robert Graves has taken Roger Lamb's memoir and given it his "treatment" , turning it into excellent Historical Fiction. That said, it stays mostly true to the source material. The result is an outstanding account of the American Revolutionary War.
This is a top-notch Audible title. I heartily recommend it to anyone not just those interested in history.
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.