Flashman: A Novel

Flashman: A Novel

by George MacDonald Fraser


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Flashman: A Novel by George MacDonald Fraser

"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."–P.G. Wodehouse

The first novel in the Flashman series

Fraser revives Flashman, a caddish bully from Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes, and relates Flashman’s adventures after he is expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s. Flashy enlists in the Eleventh Light Dragoons and is promptly sent to India and Afghanistan, where despite his consistently cowardly behavior he always manages to come out on top. Flashman is an incorrigible anti-hero for the ages. This humorous adventure book will appeal to fans of historical fiction, military fiction, and British history as well as to fans of Clive Cussler, James Bond, and The Three Musketeers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452259614
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1984
Series: Flashman Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 173,371
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

George MacDonald Fraser was a bestselling historical novelist, journalist and screenwriter. He is perhaps most famous for his series of Flashman novels, featuring his antihero Harry Flashman. In addition to his novels, he wrote numerous screenplays, most notably The Three Musketeers and the James Bond film Octopussy. George MacDonald Fraser died in 2008 at the age of 82.

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Flashman: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you thought you could never love a lecher, a liar, a cheat, a thief, a bully, a coward and an all around scoundrel rolled into one, think again. Sir Harry Flashman does it all in true Victorian swashbuckling style. The way Mr. Frasier combines some of the more well known events and people from the history books with one of the most unforgettable characters you¿ll ever hate to love (or love to hate, depending) is pure genius, not to mention laugh out loud funny. The best series I¿ve ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Flashman chronicles combine a superb understanding of Victorian History with a great sense of humor. This book, the first in the series, is a great start to all of them. The author does a great job in reliving true life events through the eyes of fictional character, not an easy task. I think the not-so-average mindset and character of Flashman adds to the fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written history with an added hero the likes of which are rarely seen in literature today! I have read them all and they are my favorite series of books! I only hope Mr. Fraser has a few unedited packets of Flashy's Memoirs to give us yet. Worth the time, and for the students of history, educational! Good job, Mr. Fraser!
cdw1953 More than 1 year ago
If you like history or just a great story,this is a book you ought to take a look at.I am an avid fan of the Richard Sharpe series and this book is right up there with those.The story and the writing is just fantastic.
Jarhead More than 1 year ago
There are any number of historical novels on the shelves. You read them and get a lesson in that period of history. The plots are serious and sometimes the characters are on the edge of the story. Flashman is different in that hardly notice the historical event but you learn. You have fun reading about this coward, adulterer, and cad as he tried to circumvent duty, honor and humanity to preserve his own life. But at the end of the day, you realize that you now know alot about the characters and events surrounding the British occupation of Kabul and the destruction of the British army there. It is a fun and educational read.
MaxVonKleist More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites -- a swashbuckler of the first water, subtly and not-so-subtly spiced with historical detail, political commentary and acerbic wit. I can't imagine not wanting to read all the rest of the series, after you've read this one. It's not even the best of them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Follow this soldier of empire through his victorian era exploits. It will educate and certainly entertain at the same time. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good story, but it has harsh language of the time that is not appropriate for pre teen and young teen readers