- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Trade; New edition edition (May 4 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006512984
- ISBN-13: 978-0006512981
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,964,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flashman at the Charge Paperback – May 4 1999
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
'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’.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Another reviewer hits on the only problem in this book: the number of locales strains against the bonds of credulity. Flashman, dispatched to fight in the Crimean War, is basically involved in an entirely different story by the end of the book. I really would've liked to see a little more of the Charge of the Light Brigade and less of Russia.
But Fraser does such a great job of painting these historical scenes and Flashy is just so entertaining, that I can't give this book any less than 4 1/2 stars. Since Amazon doesn't offer that feature, there's really no problem in rounding up to 5.
Compared to the original Flashman novel, Flashman at the Charge has much more in the way of male adolescent humour. While funny at times, it does wear thin. And the history lesson (Charge of the Light Brigade) is relatively brief. Too much time is devoted to Flashman's escapade as a prisoner of war which offers modest entertainment and an excuse for more sexual exploits.
Fraser has "dumbed down" his Flashman character into someone like Al Bundy from the Married with Children sitcom. I wish Fraser would spend a bit more time on giving us an enjoyable history lesson.
However I will give the Flashman series one more try, and hopefully my opinion will reflect those of the other, more enthusiastic reviewers.
Want to see more reviews on this item?