- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Uk General Books; New Ed edition (Nov. 26 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006513670
- ISBN-13: 978-0006513674
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 222 g
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #330,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flashman And The Tiger Paperback – Nov 26 2000
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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 'Not so much a march as a full-blooded charge, fortified by the usual lashings of salty sex, meticulously choreographed battle scenes and hilariously spineless acts of self preservation by Flashman.' Sunday Times 'Not only are the Flashman books extremely funny, but they give meticulous care to authenticity. You can, between the guffaws, learn from them.' Washington Post '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 first two stories are very good without being particularly memorable, the first being the best of the book. Flashman deals with peace treaties, then in what is basically a repeat of the second Flashman book 'Royal Flash', finds himself kidnapped by the son of Count von Starnberg, (one of Flashy's more memorable villains)and is embroiled in a plot to assassinate the Kaiser. Telling more would give away to much of the plot, but it is worth reading. The second story involves a almost unknown in this country Victorian scandal, and you find that Flashman's wife, the beautiful Elspeth playing a central role. This is defintely enjoyable to Flashman regulars since Elspeth's usual roles are cameo's at best, but the scandal has little interst to Americans.
I defintely recommend any of the Flashman books, but you haven't read Flashman yet, I wouldn't suggest you start with this one...(perhaps "Flashman and the Great Game" or "Flashman and the Dragon" would be the best starting point, but I think you miss a lot of the flavor if you don't read them all in order...)But do yourself a favor and check out Flashman...you won't be disappointed...
The fact that this is a collection of shorter papers perhaps diminishes the headlong intensity of Flashman at the Charge, the best of the series but it is nonetheless good. Fraser is always skilled at sly topical references, and because the British army has recently done service in the Balkans, it is appropriate that the first paper takes place at the Congress of Berlin in 1878, which created the preconditions for the current mess. I was hoping for Flash Harry to be scuttling through Bosnia-Herzegovina, but we can't have everything.
A psychologist for the British army has reassured me that Flashman as a character is alive and well in this army. It is only a pity that by no stretch of the imagination can Flash Harry survive long enough to meet Princess Diana: for one can only imagine him getting maudlin in his cups over Lady Di, proper little stunner that she was. Perhaps General Flashman has a great-great-grandson in the regiments who was pressed into the fearful work of clearing land mines (gibbering with terror) by the Princess' charms?
Any way, keep it coming, George (I hope you don't mind me calling you George: it's an American habit to use the first name.)
For those of you new to Fraser's creation, you can read the reviews of the other titles in the series. Enough to say they're a brilliant and unique mix of history, action and comedy.
This volume breaks with the tradition by presenting three short stories (rather than a single novel-length episode). The format suits the character particularly well. Each of the three stands alone, yet each also links to the other stories in the series. One describes the great Boer War skirmish of Rourke's Drift, with a surprise guest star from the Wild West. Another delves into the intricacies of late 19th Century politics, with French journalist spies, courtesans, and an early plot to assassinate Emperor Franz Josef (our hero naturally delaying an early start to WW I here).
Yet the undisputed star of the trio tells of Flashman's encounter with the other semi-mythical character of the era - Sherlock Holmes. The irony here is entrancing, as the two literary figures have so much in common - not least occupying worlds so superbly crafted you almost want to believe in them - and yet are polar opposites in temperament. The wit is glittering; the attention to historical detail is breathtaking; and the reader, as ever, is left wishing that the encounter had lasted just a little longer.
This is not the best Flashman to read if you're new to the character; but absolutely unmissable if you're already hooked.
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