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Flashman in the Great Game - George McDonald Fraser

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Author: George McDonald / Genre: Fiction

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      31.05.2010 20:33
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      Turns history into a great story

      About 5 years ago, I was staying in a rented room in Montenegro and was hoping to put my sun cream in a cupboard when I came across a stash of books that must have belonged to a previous client. One of these titles happened to be McAuslan in the Rough - the main character, a hopeless drunk Scottish soldier who was clumsy and a bit of an all-round fool. A few years later and I found myself with a range of books by the same author George McDonald Fraser.

      Seeing as I enjoyed McAuslan so much, I thought it was time to check out the author's other major character - Flashman. I have to say that the book started off slowly for me and I wasn't quite sure where it was going at the beginning but I was strangely compelled to read it and by about half way through the film, I was really caught up in the action and found myself easily imagining the battles and scenarios described.

      Interestingly, this book brought a whole section of history to me that I wasn't aware of and whilst the tone in which it is written clearly resembles that of a British soldier in one of the colonies at that time, it's pretty cringeworthy stuff at times and most definitely passes for racist and offensive today. Despite this and all of Flashman's other faults (he's basically a coward as well), he is for some reason rather likeable and I was keen to keep updated with his randy and fortunate adventures.

      Now, I know the character - I do feel rather intrigued to read some more Flashman titles, on the other hand it was rated by others as one of the best books in the series and I don't think it was THAT good. The reading of any more Flashmans will be put on hiatus until I get through a long list of other books I bought recently!


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