- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: UK General Books (Nov. 11 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006513042
- ISBN-13: 978-0006513049
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Flashman Papers/Flashman And The Mountain Of Light 4 Paperback – Nov 11 1999
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'Flashman is a wonderful creation, by a master storyteller. We'll forever delight in his evil antics' JEFFREY ARCHER `Politically incorrect, lascivious and fiendishly handsome, Flashman is the greatest ' BORIS JOHNSON `Flashman is one of the great characters of modern fiction; a rogue, a lover, and always an irresistible read' BERNARD CORNWELL `Flashman, Sherlock Holmes, Toad of Toad Hall, Bertie Wooster. Any writer would give his eye-teeth to have created a character as good as those. GMF was one of the greats' CONN IGGULDEN `The perfect fictional creation' TONY PARSONS `A first-rate historical novelist' KINGSLEY AMIS
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 book itself focuses on a largely forgotten episode in British India, between the Afghan withdrawal in 1842 and the Great Mutiny in the 1850s. This time, Flashman is called into service just as the 80,000-strong Sikh army, the Khalsa, appears ready to sweep down on the English and drive them out once and for all. Flashman is drawn into behind-the-scenes subterfuge that take him from the Sikh royal court to the middle of bloody battlefields. To say much more would spoil the living history that Fraser's created.
However, I find it interesting to note a change in Flashman's character. The first novel, "Flashman", remains my favorite because the young character flees from every battle, and it is only through luck and chicanery that he rises to his fame. Never fear; Flashman still lies to save his hide and jumps on every woman he can get, but I finished "The Mountain of Light" feeling that Flashy had done a pretty good service--which he will tell you in the book. Maybe this is due to Fraser. While the book is the 4th chronologically, it's Fraser's 10th book about his alter ego. Having known the character for so long, maybe Flashman's done a little growing up.
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