Flash For Freedom Paperback – 1985
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'The Flashman Papers do what all great sagas do - winning new admirers along the way but never, ever betraying old ones. It is an immense achievement.' Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
The author of the famous 'Flashman Papers' and the 'Private McAuslan' stories, George MacDonald Fraser has worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada. In addition to his novels he has also written numeous films, most notably 'The Three Musketeers', 'The Four Musketeers', and the James Bond film, 'Octopussy'. George Macdonald Fraser died in January 2008 at the age of 82. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story has really two parts. In the beginning Flashman finds himself on a British slave ship bound for America after picking up its human cargo in Africa. Without getting too gruesome, the author describes the whole slave transportation business is stark detail. Afterwards Flashman finds himself in New Orleans and, through no desire of his own, embarks on journey up the Mississippi with a slave trying to reach (free) Canada. I found all this rather interesting if not entirely plausible (after all, we are talking about 'larger than life' Harry Flashman).
Bottom line: less bawdy than other Flashman novels but more educational. Certainly among the better Flashman books.
A delight, as we get to watch Flashy rogue his way through stunning dangers, as Fraser gives us detailed pictures of the 19th century slave trade, the South, and the Underground Railroad. Extensively footnoted, as usual
Flashman is a much loved character, and we can understand why as he displays (though never admitting to himself) more courage in the interest of keeping his skin whole than most heroes display in defense of their country.
Read them. Read them all.
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