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Flashman in the Great Game (original 1975; edition 2006)

by George MacDonald Fraser

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Title:Flashman in the Great Game
Authors:George MacDonald Fraser
Info:HarperCollins (2006), Paperback
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Flashman in the Great Game by George MacDonald Fraser (1975)


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This is the first Flashman book set in India after the debut, this time our antihero is sent on a fool's errand by Palmerston to investigate rumors of russkies spreading trouble in the colonies. The usual sequence of unwilling heroics follows.
Flashy is pretty much a straightforward hero in this one. Sure, it's all against his will, but nothing he does in this book contains any of the malice of some of his acts of the previous ones, he even displays true empathy at several points in the novel! ( )
  Matteocalosi | Jul 30, 2014 |
Another fun adventure with our favorite despicable Flashman. In this mash up of the late stages of the Raj, there are Russian villains with designs on India and Flashy's life as well as a fetching Rani with a fondness for swings. There are many first hand accounts of this period and Fraser weaves the facts into the narrative with his usual skill. Flashman goes under disguise for most of the book passing himself off as a Pathan soldier witnessing the Great Sepoy Mutiny and all it's bloody consequences. In spite of his cowardly heart, dear Harry shows some genuine compassion, sentimentality, wisdom, and dare I say it, bravery. Quite shocking, I know. ( )
  varielle | Apr 23, 2014 |
Just what I needed that summer, mindless fun. Who was it used to swear "By the Great Harry!' At any rate, just as much fun as "Kim", and a good deal less earnest. read twice so far. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Dec 8, 2013 |
Flashman in the mutiny --predictably cowardly at times, but involved with the beautiful and dashing rebel Rani of Jhansi, who nowadays, so my Indian students tell me, is a national or at lest regional hero. I doubt they would approve of this version of her, though it is admiring in its way. Flashy (in INdian disguise) predictably almost gets blown off a cannon a a rebel by the British. ( )
  antiquary | Feb 13, 2013 |
Our intrepid hero, Harry Flashman, is back for volume five of the Flashman Papers, a narrative of the life and times of one of the most ne’er-do-well wastrels to ever grace the pages of a published autobiography.

This installment picks up where the fourth volume left off; Flashman has returned to England following his adventures in the Crimean War and the Russian Steppes only to find himself confronted by a menacing figure from his recent past, the dastardly, cold bloodedly murderous Count Ignatieff. The Count is on a supposedly diplomatic mission, but is suspected of fomenting rebellion in the British Raj. Our man Flash is dispatched to the region, for the purpose of gathering intelligence and, if the situation presents itself, assassinating the troublesome Count. All of this, of course, horrifies Flashman, as it promises to be dangerous duty.

As in the previous Flashman novels, our Harry is revealed as the premier coward and opportunist of his era; faults which he quite willingly admits and even boasts of. Much as a prior day Forrest Gump, he has a way of finding himself among the most powerful and famous personages of his era, as he takes part in the great events of the period, in this instance, the infamous Indian Mutiny of 1857.

From the first embers of rebellion at Meerut and on to Jhansi and ultimately Cawnpore and Gwalior, Flash cheats death again and again, though taking great pains to avoid danger at every turn. Despite his best efforts, he only enhances his reputation as a fearless and honorable servant of the British Crown, ultimately receiving a Victoria’s Cross and knighthood for his trouble.

Aside from uproarious fun and games, the Flashman series is set against historical events and actually serves as an educational experience, as in this case, where the events of the Indian Mutiny were not previously known to me. On to volume six of the Flashman Papers. ( )
  santhony | Apr 28, 2011 |
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Snatched by Lord Palmerston from the pleasures of Balmoral Castle and ordered to India, Harry Flashman rollicks and randies from revolt to massacre to siege to ordeals of the chamber, surrounded by the great Indian Mutiny of 1857.

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