- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Trade; New edition edition (Aug. 2 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000651300X
- ISBN-13: 978-0006513001
- Parcel Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,042,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flashman and the Redskins Paperback – Aug 2 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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politically incorrect book full of irony and adventure. The author is well aware of his transgressions; but does them anyway daring the reader to see the light.
The Flashman series.....good summer reading!
Pedro Paolo Maria
'Flashman and the Redskins' is a actually two distinct books sewn together. The first half has Flashman on a wagon train from New Orleans to San Francisco. Of course impossible mishaps occur en route. But this gives the author the excellent opportunity to capture the essence of American expansion and Indian/Mexican/Amercian hostilities - I actually learned a lot. The second half takes place 25 years later at Custer's last stand. Again, a very educational exercise. And the link between these two stories is understood at the very end. It's unexpected and amusing.
'Flashman and the Redskins' fortunately has little of the toilet humour found in other Flashman books. So instead of being grossed out by adolescent humour I was given a history lesson wrapped in an enjoyable story. Great deal!!
As with the rest of the Flashman books, it is strongly advised to read the first of the Flashman series before proceeding to any of the others.
despicable rogues you'll ever encounter, a man who
has absolutely no virtues or conscience. This is a
man who would betray his friends at the drop of a
hat, provided that the betrayal it was useful, a
man who invented the "love them and leave them"
philosophy, a man who will say or do anything to
escape with his own hide.
But he is also a man who is destined to be where
the action is - so in his various adventures, he
meets Abraham Lincoln, is involved in the famous
charge of the light brigade, becomes friends (of a
sort) with Bismarck. But through his eyes, we see
history just a bit different.
There are seven volumes so far in George Frasier's
series, but the one I think you'll enjoy best is
Flashman and the Redskins. Set in the old West,
the novel tells of Flashman's encounters with men
like Will Bill Hickock, Geronomo, Kit Carson,
Crazy Horse, and George Custer. The culmination of
his adventures is the most famous of the Western
battles - Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn.
But Flashman doesn't spend all his time fighting
Indians. He would much rather be in the arms of a
beautiful woman. And he succeeds in this endeavor,
not once, but several times during the course of
the novel. First, we meet Susie, the madam of a
brothel he happens to encounter on his way west.
Of course, he can't remain faithful to her for
long, not with all those other women (the "sluts"
as he calls them) that are so available. Finally
he must abandon his new "family" to continue his
journey, but that doesn't end his womanizing. When
he is captured by the Apaches, he saves his life
by seducing the chief's daughter! And we don't
want to miss the mysterious Mrs. Candy who takes
him on his last journey west.
But the joy of this book is not just the marvelous
adventures Flashman has, nor is it the great character Fraser
has created (a man you love to hate). This is a book where the
language is equal to the story. As Flashman describes his near
brushes with death, we can feel his fear, fear that he is able
to cover up when others are around.
This is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but
you'd best hold on tight, or you'll fall off laughing.
(NOTE: Since one of Flashman's characteristics is his amorous
nature, there are several rather ribald passages. They are not
pornographic or vulgar, but they are suggestive. I found them
quite funny, but if they bother you, just skip a few paragraphs
and you'll be in safe territory again.)
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