Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Flashman: A Novel by George MacDonald Fraser

Flashman: A Novel by George MacDonald Fraser. This is the first book in the Flashman series. The conceit here is that one of the antagonists in Tom Brown's school days grew up to become a Victorian hero however he is still the cowardly villain portrayed by Hughes. How he manages to luck his way in and out of horrific situations is primarily the fun of the series. There's also some rather hilarious commentary on Victorian Society. The books are quite accurate from a historical perspective.

The first book takes place during the disastrous invasion and retreat from Afghanistan. Flashman is larger-than-life and a truly wonderful protagonist even though you know what a scoundrel he is you still want him to succeed somehow.

Highly recommended!

Is available through Abebooks.

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