Flashman’s Lady (The Flashman Papers, Book 3) Paperback – June 18 2015
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- Item Weight : 230 g
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0006513018
- Product dimensions : 12.9 x 2.36 x 19.71 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins (June 18 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #205,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
'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
George MacDonald Fraser OBE was a bestselling historical
novelist, journalist and screenwriter. Having worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada he is perhaps most famous for his series of Flashman novels and his anti-hero Harry Flashman. In addition to his novels he also wrote numerous screenplays, most notably The Three Musketeers and the James Bond film Octopussy. George MacDonald Fraser died in January 2008 at the age of 82.
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Not so well I'm afraid. Flashman's Lady is really three separate novels. The first third is, inexplicably, a historical piece on cricket in the 1840s. The subject is completely out of context with the remaining two-thirds of the novel and, well, I found it to be only marginally interesting.
The second third of the novel picks up nicely with a pirate adventure in Indonesia. Flashman's ditsy wife is kidnapped and, reluctantly, Harry Flashman runs to the rescue. Unfortunately the author doesn't do enough with this promising story. Flashman rescues his wife and soon finds himself back on the high seas.
On to the last section of the novel, and Harry Flashman and his wife are captive in Madagascar. Madagascar in the early 19th century was rule by a tyrant queen that defies believe (..in terms of the atrocities she inflicts on her subjects). Naturally she can't help to fall in love (or at least 'in lust') with Harry. Silly, yet the Madagascar setting is most intriguing.
Bottom line: three disjointed stories. Fortunately the last story is the most interesting. Too bad George MacDonald Fraser didn't choose to devote more on the latter two stories. So overall I consider Flashman's Lady something only a loyal Flashman fan would want to read.
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Of course it has the usual George Macdonald Fraser problem of caring nothing for political correctness, and with Flashy travelling to both Singapore and Madagascar there is quite the spectrum of racist language. However, it is to me entirely justified by the historical context and Flashman's character, and never feels as if it is used with more venom or flippancy than necessary.
The historical context itself really is fascinating. The Imperial aspect of Victorian-age Britain never quite seems to get the attention it deserves (at least here in Britain) and if you knew Victorian history at school as being one long tide of misery and despair as children starved or were crippled in factories the Flashman series will show you an entirely different perspective. Fraser has (well, had) a real knack for immersing you in history without boring you with it, and by the end of the novel I did find myself wanting to know more about Queen Ranavalona, James Brooke and the rest of the real-life characters. The only thing I wanted to read more was the next Flashman book, which I bought immediately after.