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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: UK General Books (March 4 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006511252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006511250
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Dave_42 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 9 2009
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... the school bully? George MacDonald Fraser (April 2nd, 1925 - January 2nd, 2008) answers that question for one of the most famous bullies in literature. "Flashman" is the book which kicks off the series of books in which Fraser lets us know what happened next in the life of the Bully from Thomas Hughes' "Tom Brown's Schooldays". Harry Paget Flashman is the anti-hero of this series of books, and it all starts here as Flashman takes up the narrative, after correcting Hughes on one important manner and proceeds to tell the story of the rest of his life. This volume, the first of "The Flashman Papers" series, deals with the years 1839 - 1842 and takes us from dealing with being kicked out of Rugby through his service in the first Anglo-Afghan War.

Fraser does a wonderful job of taking Thomas Hughes' school bully and creating a life consistent with someone who never grows out of the same type of behavior. The narrative is humorous and from a character perspective open and honest, as who would know better than Harry Flashman the cowardly actions he takes throughout his life, and the undeserved rewards which he is given. The key to the story though is that Fraser is true to the character as defined by Hughes. Although certainly a despicable character, he does have the ability to use his charm, and he has an incredible amount of luck which prevents most people from finding out his serious deficiencies of character.

One fairly minor point which detracts slightly from the overall effort is that there are a few too many references back to Hughes. It suits its purpose well at the start of the book, but becomes unnecessary and in some cases interrupts the narrative when it occurs later in the book.
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I picked up the audio version of this book at the library and found I was forced to listen to one tape after another, I just couldn't stop listening.
As other reviewers have noted it is, for modern times, a politically incorrect tale with racial and sexual descriptions, language and actions that will offend some. But on the whole it comes off very well, especially when considering that the 'hero' is really an anti-hero. And that his thoughts and actions can be viewed as a parody of the self-serving, self-interested and self-promoting individual (or something like that).
Anyway, it is a worthwhile, entertaining story and the reading (of the audio version) by West is excellent.
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By Kay Cee on Nov. 21 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the first and the best of the Flashman series. I first read this book back in 1990 and it combines history with a good dash of humor. George MacDonald Fraser brings the British Empire and the men who made it to life. Typical of some the comments in the book is when Brigadier Shelton comments on his Commander-in Chief shooting himself in the arse, " no doubt in an attempt to blow his brains out. He couldn't have missed by much" I definitely recommend this book to anyone.
Unfortunately the Flashman series got a bit stale with the years. The only one worth reading after this is Flashman and the great game.
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Fraser is an absolute master of historical fiction. In this, the first effort in the acclaimed "Flashman" series, Fraser is at the top of his game. In this spare, but well crafted narrative we follow the early career of the datardly and unrepentant scoundrel, Harry Flashman in the first Afghanistan War. It is rare that a book can make you howl with laughter while teaching you history at the same time. Flashman undergoes a harrowing experience on the retreat from Kabul, in the process becoming one of the most delightfully politically-incorrect heroes in popular fiction. The character is wonderful, the plot is superb, and the history is dead-on accurate. Any fans of historical fiction (with a mature sense of humor) would do well to make the acquaintance of Sir Harry Flashman. And this is the place to start.
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I have to agree with an earlier reviewer who described George Macdonald Fraser as one of the best writers of the late 20th century - yet you do not want to get too precious when describing the Flashman novels because above all else, they are bloody good fun.
This first novel, which describes Flashman's entry into adulthood after expulsion from Rugby school for being found inhebriated in a wheelbarrow, scorches along at a tremendous pace, immersing you in the nineteenth century world, with all its blemishes and contradictions.
It will lead you to a war in Afghanistan that I would imagine 99% of readers would not have formerly known about (I certainly didn't), but you will never forget the characters he meets, most of whom actually existed. I admit to a certain wry smile when I see items on the news about Afghanistan nowadays, what with the mujahedin and the Taliban, when I think of what their ancestors did to the British Army all those years ago.
I heard George Macdonald Fraser comment recently that when this novel was originally released, certain American critics mistook it for a genuine memoir and acclaimed it as a historical find of genuine importance. In some ways this was an understandable mistake as most of the truly outrageous incidents in the book actually happened and the fictional embellishments are skillfully woven around these.
If you have not yet read any of the Flashman Papers, buy or steal a copy, give any PC sensibilities a week off and enter the wonderful world of Harry Flashman, gentleman, bounder, cad, adventurer, philanderer and studious observer of the underbelly of the Victorian world.
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