- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Trade; New edition edition (May 4 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006512992
- ISBN-13: 978-0006512998
- Parcel Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.4 x 2.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,432,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flashman in the Great Game Paperback – May 4 1999
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'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' PG Wodehouse 'Mr Fraser is a skilful and meticulous writer, twice as good as Buchan and twenty times better than Fleming' Auberon Waugh, Evening Standard
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’.
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The historical background is faultless, with all the detail expected of Fraser's merciless pen. Other readers appeared upset over the Mosstrooper incident, but it fits well - the times were quite terrible, and Flashy (and Fraser) does not try to hide them. Flashy always starts his musings with a promise of honesty and "at ninety, with money in the bank and booze in the house" he has no reason to do otherwise.
This could serve as an introduction to Flashy's adventures for a beginner, but for the devoted fan it is a read-and-reread treat.
Only two things about Harry Flashman I found really hard to believe. One is his linguistic ability, which sometimes borders on supernatural (although in this book it is merely very good). In "Flashman and the Dragon" he becomes near-fluent in CHINESE in less than a month - his first tonal language, I might add, - and in "Flashman and the Redskins" he switches to thinking in Siouxan upon hearing it for the first time in 25 years. And the second thing which defies belief - how did a man in his nineties manage to write all these manuscripts in a few short years? His fingers should have fallen off!
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