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Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser
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    Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress by James Morris (nessreader)
    nessreader: Heaven's Command is a thoroughly readable non-fiction account of the building of the British empire, with a lot of memorable (and hilarious, and appalling) stories about India and Afghanistan
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    Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II by George MacDonald Fraser (wildbill)
    wildbill: A memoir of the Author's Experiences In Burma in WWII
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    Quillifer by Walter Jon Williams (amweb)
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    Fletcher's Fortune by John Drake (Stepn)
    Stepn: Exceptionally close to the Fraser style.
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    The Complete Brigadier Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Lirmac)
    Lirmac: Two flawed, swaggering narrators, Brigadier Gerard and Sir Harry Flashman are spiritual relatives who both enjoy fine horses, pretty girls and smart uniforms as much as honour and victory.
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    A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Books with Amusing Rogue protagonists
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    Little Big Man by Thomas Berger (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Books with Amusing Rogue protagonists
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    Ottoman by Alan Savage (Stepn)
    Stepn: History taken at the gallop
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    Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour by Robert Smith Surtees (thorold)
    thorold: Mr Sponge is more interested in horses and money, and less in women, than Flashman, but the two are very much part of the same tradition.
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    A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Books with Delusional/Enlightened Outcast protagonists

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Extremely un-P.C. Not really laugh-out-loud funny, but amusing nonetheless. Flashman is not your unreliable narrator -- he's unashamedly honest about his caddishness. Historically accurate, which means the utter ineptitude of the British Army is amply on display. ( )
1 vote nog | Jul 18, 2018 |
Alright I gave it a try, based on a recommended reading list by an author I like. But Flashman just isn't my kind of reading. Oh well. ( )
  SoubhiKiewiet | Mar 20, 2018 |
It was sheer coincidence that I read this only a few months after The Far Pavilions... For those unfamiliar with either of these books, they both deal with 19th century British army in India & Afghanistan. Flashman is involved in the first Anglo-Afghan war while Ashton Pelham-Martyn was present for the second Anglo-Afghan war; neither of them were typical British Army but otherwise they are quite different characters!!

Flashman could be called an anti-hero I suppose; he certainly describes himself that way, as a coward & scoundrel. His actions, particularly in regard to women, are awful but the reader can't help liking him. Perhaps it is because he is so open about all his weaknesses that one prefers him to the braver but stupider (or hypocritical) soldiers around him. In any case, as in Far Pavilions, the reader is left shaking his/her head at the incredible incompetence and arrogance of the leaders in the British army. ( )
1 vote leslie.98 | Sep 1, 2017 |
Sorry, but I can't put up with this mate. ( )
  Roman666 | Jul 21, 2017 |
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
  Lunapilot | Jul 19, 2016 |
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Brigadier-General Sir Harry Paget Flashman is a fictional character based upon the character "Flashman" (a bully) in "Tom Brown's Schooldays." Expelled from Rugby for drunkenness, and none too welcome at home after seducing his father's mistress, the young anti-hero embarks on a military career with Lord Cardigan's Hussars. After marrying below his station, Flashman is forced to resign, but given another option: to make his reputation in India. By showing off his language and riding skills in India, Flashman is given still another assignment: to the worst frontier of the British Empire at that time, Afghanistan. En route to Afghanistan, he hones his skills as a soldier, duelist, imposter, coward and amorist before being pressed into reluctant service as a secret agency. His Afghan adventures include the retreat from Kabul, Last Stand at Gandamak and the Siege of Jalalabad, in the First Anglo-Afghan War. Despite being captured, tortured, and escaping death numerous times, and hiding and shirking his duty as much as possible, he comes through it all alive and with a hero's reputation.… (more)

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