Flashman in the Great Game

Flashman in the Great Game One of literature s most delightful rakes is back in another tale of rollicking adventure and tantalizing seduction The plucky Flashman s latest escapades are sure to entertain devotees as well as att

One of literature s most delightful rakes is back in another tale of rollicking adventure and tantalizing seduction The plucky Flashman s latest escapades are sure to entertain devotees as well as attract new aficionados.

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Flashman in the Great Game

  1. He is best known for his Flashman series of historical novels, purportedly written by Harry Flashman, a fictional coward and bully originally created by Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown s School Days The novels are presented as packets of memoirs written by the nonagenarian Flashman, who looks back on his days as a hero of the British Army during the 19th century The series begins with Flashman, and is notable for the accuracy of the historical settings and praise from critics P.G Wodehouse said of Flashman, If ever there was a time when I felt that watcher of the skies when a new planet stuff, it was when I read the first Flashman.

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  1. Flashy just gets worse Or better Depending on your point of view.Okay it s about as far from PC as you can get And if that is going to bother you give the Flashman oeuvre a miss But you will be missing a real laugh out loud treat.Humour underpinned with scholarship It s a mixture I find irresistible.

  2. The fifth Flashman novel takes place from 1856 58, and sends our hero back to where his career began India Poor Flashy is sent to investigate and suppress grumbling among the native ranks, but ends up smack dab in the middle of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 If you ve made it this far into the series, chances are you are a fellow Flashman fanatic, so I won t waste time preaching to the converted I am happy to report that readers who enjoyed the first four books will not be disappointed.One of my v [...]

  3. It is difficult to classify this one in the Flashman series On the one side, this is a book in which Flashman seems human what with his rational look into the native soldier s grievances and falling in love with a Rani which is very unusual and the unfolding of events during that grim years of 1857, Flashman in the Great game seems a little out of place with all the other bawdy adventures of Flashman.Nonetheless, it is a must read as Fraser tries to balance the view of the British towards the M [...]

  4. Andrew Ward begins his great study of the Cawnpore massacre, Our Bones Are Scattered, with the following observation __To write about the British in India is to ask what they were doing there.__Fraser was a satirist, but he was also an empiricist He never asks this fundamental question, and yes, this is a burlesque, but it is a burlesque of actual history.Paradoxically, I recommend this book to others while personally struggling with its shortcomings Why Well, it is a thundering good read when t [...]

  5. Sometimes I m annoyed at the contrivance of inserting a fictional character into famous historical events, but with Flashman it works very well I m totally willing to believe that he got caught up in the 1857 Indian Mutiny or India s First War of Independence, depending on your point of view and lived to tell the tale including surviving the Siege of Cawnpore and subsequent massacre.Flashy is just as arrogant, cowardly and lecherous as ever and just as wry an observer of human nature The subject [...]

  6. My personal favourite outing for George McDonald Fraser s eponymous cad pitches the one time bully of Tom Brown s School Days into the maelstrom of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 the Victorians preferred to call it a Mutiny because it sounded nicer Flashman is as lacivious and cowardly as ever but finds himself repeatedly forced to fight for his life amid the unfolding carnage Fraser proves himself as much a master of battle scenes as he is of comedy and also manages the difficult trick of maintai [...]

  7. The Great Game usually refers to jockeying between the Russians and the British for control of Afghanistan and other parts of Central Asia While that s a factor in Fraser s fifth outing with Flashman, the action and historical detail of the book center around the Sepoy Rebellion, in which terrible atrocities were committed by both the Indians and the British colonialists.Flashman describes them all As usual, footnotes provide entertaining and illuminating commentary on the historical accuracy o [...]

  8. No need to change a winning technique same style is used Starts with Flashman in the UK getting his assignment this time whilst in Queen Victoria s company at Balmoral and then heading off to a key event in the 19 Century getting involved in the all the key action The author uses the process to entertain and educate and it works wonderfully.Initially, this is Flashy sent to India in a counter intelligence position as his old foe from the last book Nicholas Ignatieff is agitating the locals As pr [...]

  9. Fifth entry in the series sees Flashy mixed up in the Indian Mutiny, from romancing a ravishing Rani to matching wits with a crafty Russian spy, all the while avoiding murderous Sepoys and rampaging English troops This is easily the most serious installment, with very graphic and harrowing descriptions of violence and atrocities on both sides of the Mutiny even Flashman is compelled to act heroic and noble in spots Lots of memorable set pieces especially Flashman s trip to Balmoral but the best [...]

  10. Another ripping adventure yarn featuring Harry Flashman, this time on hand to experience the worst of the Sepoy Rebellion in India.

  11. G M Fraser s Flashman in the Great Game is probably, to date, the best in the series Here Flashman has been caught up in the 1857 Indian Mutiny, as it is popularly referred as There are moments of Flashman s loathsome, but endearing, humor, for the most part, however, the brutality of the Mutiny, on both sides, is front and center Many will cringe at the barbarity but Mr Fraser has attempted to stay as honest and insightful as is humanly possible when dealing with such a contentious topic In an [...]

  12. This book covers the horrors of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny in India At the time, India was under the control of the East India Company of Britain The company ruled the land by using indigenous soldiers called Sepoys under the direction of British officers The British fooled themselves into thinking that the Sepoys were loyal to their white officers and the queen, when in fact both Hindu and Muslim soldiers hated the foreign intruders and their attempts to Christianize them Prime Minister Palmerston h [...]

  13. Another excellent Flashman installment This time, Flashy has been sent to investigate mysterious goings on back in India Of course, he tries to get out of it, but if he did that, there wouldn t be a story Cue the arrival of Count Ignatief and lots of danger that only Flashy can get himself into, along with various beautiful women who he shouldn t really end up in bed with, but of course does As the Indian Mutiny hots up, Flash gets into all sorts of scrapes, and as usual GMF s historical knowled [...]

  14. There are historical novels, which are so good that they appear to recreate historical events e.g Bernard Cornwell and history written so well that it reads like a novel e.g Prescott and recently, Alistair Horne This book by George Macdonald Fraser, Flashman in The Great Game falls uncomfortably, rather too uncomfortably, somewhere in between these extremes.The device used in this book is to present it as a volume of the fictional Flashman s memoirs, edited and annotated by the author of the no [...]

  15. I think this Flashman book almost replaced Flashman at the Charge as my favorite Flashman book for surprising reasons I think that Flashman at the Charge was definately funnier Flashman in the Great Game is peppered with the usual hilarity, however the tone of the novel is much sentimental and reverent towards the historical experience The Sepoy Mutiny was horrid and awful atrocities were committed on both sides Flashman spends most of the novel disguised as a native badmash of unsavoury appear [...]

  16. The fifth Flashman book is billed as being about the Great Game and it starts out that way with Flashman being sent as a political officer pretty much a spy to the Indian state of Jhansi, to manipulate its beautiful queen and keep the Russians out But the book is really about the Indian Mutiny, which breaks out during Flashman s stay in India Due to him being hunted by thuggee assassins, Flashman is hiding out under cover as an Indian soldier as the mutiny breaks out So he experiences the run up [...]

  17. I m a big fan of the Flashman series Fun, absurd, and with a sharp eye toward historical detail, George MacDonald Fraser always manages to capture the sense and hypocrisy of the Victorian age And the author does a very deft job of inserting Flashman into some of the greatest military disasters of the 19th century without really distorting the underlying historical reality This one focuses on the so called Indian Mutiny a brutal 1857 revolt against British rule in India that is little known in th [...]

  18. This time it s Flashman s account of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 This has been one of my favourite instalments in the series yet very well paced and balanced Also, like Fraser at his best, the writing is vivid and energetic the description of the Siege of Cawnpore will stay with me a long time As usual, educational as well Reading this sent me off checking some of the historical facts, especially those around the siege, which I discovered to be horrifyingly accurate Left me wanting to read about [...]

  19. This continues to suffer from what bothered me in the last installment in the series less interesting characterization which also leads to less interesting poltics thus leaving a somewhat disjointed pulpy historical albeit meticulously so adventure book That said, there are some moments of extremely good, distubring writing and atmosphere with the various minor characters and situations Flashman comes across in his passage through the Indian Mutiny The main female character is a little too much [...]

  20. This one deals with the great mutiny in india in 1857 58 and the mysterious and alluring maharani of jhansi, a leader of the mutiny This is a great series And the obnoxiousness of Flashman as a character is, I think, not only exaggerated he s really not that bad but it also seems to let Fraser make some definite criticisms by comparison of English culture in the 19th century and how ALL englishmen treated women and foreigners.

  21. Once again, Harry Flashman s falsely acquired reputation send him off for a diplomatic mission to Colonial India A Russian foil, the Great India Uprising and a beautiful Indian princess await him On the plus side, the Flashman got to romp with the princess, on the bad side, the Flashman got the rack, the pit and a few new scars The best one of the series so far.

  22. I m loving these books because I m learning much about Victorian history, and many of the figures after which many Melbourne streets are named I knew little of the Indian Mutiny it s brutal and fascinating And Flashy as always, self deprecating, hilarious, and rogering many ladies.

  23. That great fictional bully and poltroon, Harry Flashman, once said Humanity is beastly and stupid, aye and helpless, and there s no end to it, in one of George MacDonald Fraser s installments of The Flashman Papers a series of novels written in memoir form about a British Army officer in Victorian Britain Well Fraser certainly proved that momentous statement in the series fifth installment, FLASHMAN IN THE GREAT GAME First published in 1975, the novel featured Harry Flashman s experiences during [...]

  24. It s the usual blend of outrageous antics and meticulous research that sees GMF take a character invented by someone else, drop him into real historical events, and create something magical Thrilling and informative, intriguing and disgraceful, Flashman is an absolute gift.It is worth bearing in mind that this book was written in the 1960s, and is set in the 1850s, and as a consequence is rife with attitudes and racial epithets that don t make for comfortable reading for modern audiences There s [...]

  25. Another great Flashman book Typically highly politically incorrect, and crazy funny The first third of this is a bit slow, but then it really picks up as the Indian Mutiny begins This portrayal of Flashman is him at his most vulnerable, and also most brave He clearly has real feelings for Lakshmibai, Maharani of Jhansi, he fights with nobility, but he is also his usual, cowardly self The Indian Mutiny was a, literal, bloody mess once again George MacDonald Fraser does a great job of giving a his [...]

  26. This was a rather unpleasant adventure and not amusing, as most Flashman books are He s been sent to India to discover if Russia is planning to help India break with Great Britain He woos a beautiful maharani and goes in disguise as an Indian My dislike is for the gruesomeness of what happened in the 1857 Indian Mutiny Many English civilians were slaughtered, including women and children, and there s a bit too much description of that I ve liked the previous books but this was too grim.

  27. Flashman never disappoints, even if this novel is much darker than the others I suppose that can be excused considering the historical event it s based on Our hero is even affected, finding himself doing some very un Flashy like things, like falling in love and granting clemency Still funny and exciting, though.

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