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by George MacDonald Fraser

“Hilariously funny.”—The New York Times Book ReviewOne 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.
Download Flashman in the Great Game: A Novel epub
ISBN: 0452263034
ISBN13: 978-0452263031
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
Author: George MacDonald Fraser
Language: English
Publisher: Plume (September 30, 1989)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1231 kb
FB2 size: 1758 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 400
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This is my favorite Flashman book although some of the others are near seconds, very hard to decide between them. And David Case is the reader who does the best job of making the Flashman books living and breathing, so-to-speak. Unfortunately this title is not available from Audible but maybe if Audible gets enough requests they will list it. Once you have heard David Case reading Flashman (also check out Flashman and the Redskins, and Flash For Freedom) you will see that Mr. Case is phenomenal at bringing every character to life, and that the material he had to work with here is just astounding.
This one hits on all cylinders.

As one who studied British colonial history in college, including the great Sepoy rebellion of 1857, this was familiar territory for me, but I had never experienced the richness of detail which Fraser provides. I most particularly loved the notes at the end, which help to sort out the facts and the fiction, in a most clever and entertaining way. These are not the kind of dry notes which historians often include, I suppose for the purpose of defending their work against academics; they are a fun part of the reading. But you also know that Fraser has really done his homework. It's great history writing.

You can read through the Flashman "diaries" to see a fine writing style, slightly disguised as that of a modestly educated soldier. Fraser appears to have done his homework on the vocabulary and attitudes of the persons in the narrative. He beautifully melds his own command of the language with the more limited writing skills of our supposed Flashman. There are some magnificently turned phrases -- often the kind that made me laugh out loud.

Finally, Fraser is a fine story teller. While you are reading about real events, you have to race through the pages to see what will happen to our "Flashy" in the midst of it all. It does as well at fiction as it does at history.

The Flashman books do not appear to have had as much commercial success in the United States as they have in England. This may be because Americans are less interested in history, especially when it is not their own? I note also note that Flashman is completely irreverent and often uses politically incorrect language. I easily forgive this because I am confident that it reflects the mores and language of the period in which the "diaries" were supposed to have been written. Has it offended anyone?

All in, a great book. Read it!
Subtitle:from the Flashman papers 1856-1858 edited and arranged by GMF. Really clever. GMF uses a fictional character, Flashman, the bully from "Tom Brown's School Days", as the dubious hero during the mutiny of the sepoys, Indian soldiers working for the British East India Co. The background conflict is the Great Game between Russia and Great Britain. The historical facts and personalities involved appear well-researched. To add a note of authenticity, Frazer has footnotes when there may be a discrepancy in facts as related by Flashman and actual historical facts. There is even a dubious heroine, the Rani of Jhansi, our Indian "Wonder Woman". Flashman's old diabolical enemy, Count Ignatiev reappears. Flashman's self-proclaimed sexual and military prowess and exploits makes this novel male fantasy fiction. Yeah! Appendix I: The Indian Mutiny, Appendix II: The Rani of Jhansi, and Notes.
Our intrepid hero, Harry Flashman, is back for volume five of the Flashman Papers, a narrative of the life and times of one of the most ne'er-do-well wastrels to ever grace the pages of a published autobiography.

This installment picks up where the fourth volume left off; Flashman has returned to England following his adventures in the Crimean War and the Russian Steppes only to find himself confronted by a menacing figure from his recent past, the dastardly, cold bloodedly murderous Count Ignatieff. The Count is on a supposedly diplomatic mission, but is suspected of fomenting rebellion in the British Raj. Our man Flash is dispatched to the region, for the purpose of gathering intelligence and, if the situation presents itself, assassinating the troublesome Count. All of this, of course, horrifies Flashman, as it promises to be dangerous duty.

As in the previous Flashman novels, our Harry is revealed as the premier coward and opportunist of his era; faults which he quite willingly admits and even boasts of. Much as a prior day Forrest Gump, he has a way of finding himself among the most powerful and famous personages of his era, as he takes part in the great events of the period, in this instance, the infamous Indian Mutiny of 1857.

From the first embers of rebellion at Meerut and on to Jhansi and ultimately Cawnpore and Gwalior, Flash cheats death again and again, though taking great pains to avoid danger at every turn. Despite his best efforts, he only enhances his reputation as a fearless and honorable servant of the British Crown, ultimately receiving a Victoria's Cross and knighthood for his trouble.

Aside from uproarious fun and games, the Flashman series is set against historical events and actually serves as an educational experience, as in this case, where the events of the Indian Mutiny were not previously known to me. On to volume six of the Flashman Papers.