Flashman Coward scoundrel lover and cheat but there is no better man to go into the jungle with Join Flashman in his adventures as he survives fearful ordeals and outlandish perils across the four corners o

Coward, scoundrel, lover and cheat, but there is no better man to go into the jungle with Join Flashman in his adventures as he survives fearful ordeals and outlandish perils across the four corners of the world.Can a man be all bad When Harry Flashman s adventures as the reluctant secret agent in Afghanistan lead him to join the exclusive company of Lord Cardigan s HussCoward, scoundrel, lover and cheat, but there is no better man to go into the jungle with Join Flashman in his adventures as he survives fearful ordeals and outlandish perils across the four corners of the world.Can a man be all bad When Harry Flashman s adventures as the reluctant secret agent in Afghanistan lead him to join the exclusive company of Lord Cardigan s Hussars and play a part in the disastrous Retreat from Kabul, it culminates in the rascal s finest and most dishonest turn.

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  1. He is best known for his Flashman series of historical novels, purportedly written by Harry Flashman, a fictional coward and bully originally created by Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown s School Days The novels are presented as packets of memoirs written by the nonagenarian Flashman, who looks back on his days as a hero of the British Army during the 19th century The series begins with Flashman, and is notable for the accuracy of the historical settings and praise from critics P.G Wodehouse said of Flashman, 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.

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  1. Harry Paget Flashman is NOT your typical morally challenged but likeable scoundrel who you can t help but love because of his sharp wit and buckets o charm.No he s an ASSHOLE a big one A rapacious, lecherous, despicable scumbag with no redeeming qualities whatsoever I m talking such odious funtivities as Having sex with his Father s mistress, and then beating and sexually assaulting her when she refuses his subsequent advances Forcibly selling his Indian concubine to a passing artillery major, b [...]

  2. This is the first book of the Flashman papers, much loved by many It purports to be the memoirs of a Victorian officer In this book, he serves in Afghanistan and India The cover art encapsulates the plot and tone.A rake s adventures Harry Flashman is a self aware, shameless, shrewd, cowardly opportunist who describes himself as A scoundrel, a liar, a cheat, a thief, a coward and, oh yes, a toady Note that he doesn t mention his treatment of women He joins up fights escapes sleeps around betrays [...]

  3. The Flashman books all twelve of them would be a guilty pleasure if they were not so jam packed with Victorian historical detail that would make them a good foundation for a history of the mid to late British Empire The protagonist, the classic anti hero Harry Flashman, is a scoundrel, a bully, a coward, a liar, and a rake And he frankly admits all of the above in this series of memoirs Flashman himself is a character from the Thomas Hughes novel, Tom Brown s School Days, published in the 1850s [...]

  4. I ve just been looking at the other reviews, and every guy likes Flashman Every single one I m afraid I do too What does that say about us I often wonder why women put up with men at all.

  5. How do we distinguish between the author and the characters he writes There are readers who assume that if a main character does something racist or sexist, that means the author is, too But then, characters can also transform into cockroaches, commit interplanetary genocide, and die gloriously in a hail of bullets without the author having to undergo those experiences, himself.Even in an autobiography, the author still isn t writing himself he s writing one biased version, crafting coherent sto [...]

  6. There s a recurring theme to the reviews I ve read of Flashman which is that whilst, by his own happy admission, he is a racist, scoundrel, bully, cad and coward, Flashman is also an engaging storyteller who has the happy coincidence to be an active participant in the middle of momentous historical events George MacDonald Fraser has done a magnificent job of evoking the Britain, India and Afghanistan of 1839 to 1842, and the literary conceit that what we are reading is the first part of a cache [...]

  7. A magnificent read about an appalling man You get a good feel for Flashman s character early on With his unflinching and intelligent take on the people and situations surrounding him you feel very much a part of the action It is extremely well written and a very entertaining book.Given the current situation in Afghanistan, it s pretty poignant too I was laughing till I snorted in public at the description of the incompetence of Major General Elphinstone then within moments nearly in tears as the [...]

  8. I am not a big historical fiction buff, but I fell head over heels in love with this book The very premise is awesome in 1857, Thomas Hughes wrote a novel based heavily on his own experiences as a schoolboy The villain of the book is a boy called Flashman, a bully, drunkard, and general asshole Naturally, 100 years later George MacDonald Fraser decided to write a series of historical novels starring a grown up Flashman as the hero The result, at least in Fraser s original book, was pure magic.Fl [...]

  9. Meet Harry Flashman, decorated hero of the Victorian age He also happens to be a liar, a lecher, a bully, and a sniveling coward, and that is what makes these comic historical novels so funny.He is also gloriously un PC, which seems to ruffle some dainty feathers these days Great stuff.

  10. The first book in what is almost certainly the finest series of historical comic novels ever written Over the series, written over a 30 year period, Harry Flashman becomes one of Victorian England s most decorated military heros while in actuality he s its most craven coward There s scarcely anyone of importance in history that he doesn t eventually meet The books heavily satirize Victorian society and morality Flashman himself is not only a coward, but is also a bully, a scoundrel, a cheat, and [...]

  11. Let me begin this review by saying that my star rating has less to do with the quality of the book and with the fact that it was a bad match for my reading tastes I became interested in the Flashman books after hearing them described as a much loved series of historically accurate, comic fiction Though title character Harry Flashman is a self described coward and cad, he does have a certain charm as he describes how he repeatedly finds himself in the middle of one British military disaster afte [...]

  12. There are a lot of these was enough for me Flashman is in a way the primary example of an anti hero The books are comedies about a cowardly, bullying,thief who always comes out looking like a hero through a combination of cunning and luck I thought the idea sounded funny but I found the actual book rather annoying All I can suggest is try it and see, I didn t care for them.I wrote that review a long while back, I thought I d give a short example from early on Flashman in facing a duel offers to [...]

  13. Fraser took a small character in Tom Brown s Schooldays and turned him into a legend The mock memoir set up is very fun, and Flashman in his first outing is a real loathsome character I didn t much like him He s the embodiment of ugly British colonialism, raping women and doing whatever he can to get whatever he wants But I had to keep reading about the fiendish little cad, because the scrapes he gets into and the sh t luck that keeps him alive was far too amusing.

  14. Flashman was picked as the February book for the NeoGAF bookclub I thought I would like the adventures of Flashy based on the first few pages Who wouldn t like a story that starts off with being expelled from Rugby school for drunkenness Unfortunately, after reading 1 3 of the book, I can t continue Flashy is an unapologetic ass I m usually fine with antiheros, but this one takes it too far Flashy s treatment of women is awful and while this could be the norm for his time and his class, it doesn [...]

  15. One positive aspect to Harry Flashman, scoundrel, rogue, coward and all round bounder.he does have some insight into his own shortcomings.Must admit that I wasn t quite expecting this I did enjoy the story arc overall and the historical setting of India and Afghanistan Also liked the tongue in cheek vein that the novel was written in I did not like Harry Flashman though, didn t like the way he spoke of women, his treatment of women, the way he thought about women I did enjoy the bit of comeuppan [...]

  16. This is the first of a series of novels published beginning in 1969, all featuring Harry Flashman, a relatively minor and altogether craven character in Thomas Hughes Tom Brown s Schooldays This novel somewhat comically chronicles Flashman s exploits in the British army, primarily in Afghanistan in 1849 The book raised several issues of interest to me.First, there is the question of genre One might legitimately describe the book as historical fiction And, equally, it could be viewed as a parody [...]

  17. Harry Flashman, despite every effort to stay out of harm s way, finds himself propelled into one life threatening event after another Eventually he winds up in Afghanistan for the start of the first Anglo Afghan war And despite all this, I can t help but love the bastard Harry Flashman is the nineteenth century version of Archer He is a bumbling buffoon with a knack for being in the right place at the right time Time after time he winds up in trouble, but somehow he always winds up smelling like [...]

  18. Cowardice is a virtue Flashy is totally unapologetic for his many shortcomings as a human being, which in the spirit of the book makes you want to yell Bravo A refreshing change to the derring do heroes that saturate modern society with their relentless perfect boredom Flashy a cross between Terry Thomas and Dick Dastardly rapes, flirts, lies and seduces when he s not praying for the death of his comrades and lands on his feet every time Just when it seems he s about to exhibit a noble emotion l [...]

  19. Sexually incontinent, self centred, spineless and shameless what s not to like about Harry Flashman, George McDonald Fraser s timeless comic character This is the first book, originally published in 1969, and it began one of the greatest series of historical fiction in the English language The Hornblowers and Sharpes have their place, but heroic types can be dreadful bores at times Give me a promiscuous, drunken coward nine times out ten the tenth time being when it was my hide or Flashman s and [...]

  20. A braggart, bully, liar, cheat, lecher, racist, cad, wastrel and coward how does author George MacDonald Fraser make a riveting and even sympathetic character out of such material He pulls it off with deceptive ease First, there is the backdrop of Victorian hypocrisy Behind a public show of prudery and self satisfied morality flourished a robust traffic in prostitution and indifference to social injustice Abroad, diplomats cynically formed duplicitous alliances while jockeying for power and purs [...]

  21. Poor old Flash.What would he say to all these one star reviewers Actually, he d probably damn their eyes, then nip round the corner to pay a couple of toughs to knock them down, de bag them and blacken their backsides with boot polishI can see why some people might take against Flash after reading the first book in the series Although I think it s excellent, it has slightly rougher edges than the ones that follow and portrays our protagonist as the vicious schoolboy he was, rather than the relu [...]

  22. I m going to review the whole series here, instead of saying or less the same thing for each of the books I ve read.Flashman, the character, is an asshole Really, he doesn t have many redeeming qualities I shall list those which come to mind He seems to genuinely love his wife, in his own way he cheats on her, or tries to, pretty much constantly, but he also has ample reason to believe she does the same and knows about his own infidelities still, his thoughts seem to go back to her often than [...]

  23. I picked this book up after a mere reference to Flashman in The Bookman Histories From what I read in the reviews it looks like just my cup of tea, and boy howdy is it.The novel is told by Harry Flashman, the same Harry Flashman who s claim of fame is from Tom Brown s Schooldays Tom Brown at Oxford I had no idea of that book before this The author decided to write some further adventures of the school bully, to hilarious results.The story starts out right after Harry Flashman is kicked out of sc [...]

  24. You want to laugh Fancy a little side trip down the byways of the politically incorrect Do you secretly know you are not really the hero you pretend to be Read this first volume of the Flashman Papers A very clever, well researched lifting of a single character from a classic and giving him one hell of a run for his money.Hilarious

  25. Ok so I ended up liking this book than I thought I would I rather like ole Flashy and I suppose I ll read the next in the series I wouldn t review it as hilariously funny as stated on the cover, but to each his own.

  26. Another book Neil Gaiman mentioned in his blog I liked it and thought parts were really funny Some parts made me uncomfortable, though.

  27. I was not the right reader for this book While Flashman created intense emotions in me, I despised him which I don t think was the author s intention lol My Rating 1 star

  28. It s rare for me to actually feel guilty for enjoying the antics of a protagonist but I had this nagging cognitive dissonance the entire time I was reading this Harry Flashman is certainly one of the repulsive, boorish fictional people I ve rooted for He s devoid of pretty much every trait humans find admirable and stuffed with every trait we find deplorableI m struggling to think of one positive thing about him And yet, I can t deny there was a part of me that took a perverted glee in watching [...]

  29. Okay, I ll admit it Perhaps because I m a gal, a couple chapters into this book I wondered if I was going to have to force myself to keep going.Because as you know if you know anything about the Flashman series the narrator of these books is not a nice guy.But something happened as I reached a quarter mark or so of the novel I found myself hooked And by the time Flashy found himself in Afghanistan the series conceit is that Flashman was an eyewitness to a number of significant 19th century milit [...]

  30. At the beginning, author wrote about the book as being a true memoir of Harry Flashmen that was recently discovered In the middle of the book, I google the guy and he is actually fictional but based on some guy Not coolBut, I was actually relieved that this jerk didn t actually exist and did all the awful things from the book So, a fun read and I learned something about the First Anglo Afghan War.

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