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The Flashman (the Flashman Papers, Book 1): from the Flashman Papers, 1839-42 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Februar 1999

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'Flashman is a wonderful creation, by a master storyteller. We'll forever delight in his evil antics' JEFFREY ARCHER 'Politically incorrect, lascivious and fiendishly handsome, Flashman is the greatest ' BORIS JOHNSON 'Flashman is one of the great characters of modern fiction; a rogue, a lover, and always an irresistible read' BERNARD CORNWELL 'Flashman, Sherlock Holmes, Toad of Toad Hall, Bertie Wooster. Any writer would give his eye-teeth to have created a character as good as those. GMF was one of the greats' CONN IGGULDEN 'The perfect fictional creation' TONY PARSONS 'A first-rate historical novelist' KINGSLEY AMIS

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Flashman and the Great Game takes our man into the world of Kim, as he spies for the British, dallies with a luscious maharani and - despite spectacular acts of spinelessness - not only survives the bloodbath of the Indian Mutiny but emerges with a Victoria Cross and a knighthood.Impossible to put down and some of the greatest comic writing of the last 100 years. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe.

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Auf die Flashman-Reihe machte mich mein Vater vor einigen Jahren aufmerksam. Das Vokabular ist nicht besonders gehoben und darum gut zu verstehen. Die Sprache ist in einem etwas älteren Stil gehalten, was für ein gelegentliches Schmunzeln sorgen könnte. Die Geschichte hielt ich an keiner Stelle für langweilig, so dass ich sie zügig durchgelesen habe. Der Roman spielt größten Teils in Afghanistan und handelt von der englischen Besatzung des Landes und dem Wiederstand der Afghanen gegen ihre Besatzer. Es ist der erste Roman der Reihe. Man brauch die Romane aber nicht in ihrer Reihenfolge zu lesen, sie bauen nicht so sehr aufeinander auf, dass man etwas nicht versteht, wenn man sie queer Beet liest.
Wer von Büchern mit Morden und deren Aufklärung etwas Abwechslung sucht, der dürfte hier fündig werden.
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When I first read Flashman years ago, I knew that a true literary hero had arrived on the scene, George Macdonald Fraser. And over the years as I eagerly awaited more of the great cad's adventures, I discovered that Fraser was not only giving us one of the great picaresque characters of all time, but a lot of 19th century history as well. How wonderful that Harry is in the center of every (disasterous) major event of that time period. When he meets Lincoln, no less, Lincoln, our former president, an able evaluator of scurrilous humans, senses that the man he is talking to is not who he claims to be. And Harry knows that Lincoln knows he is a fake. Flashman is an acquired taste that grows richer and more enjoyable with age.
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Brilliant! You'd never think that a series which features a cad, coward, bully and sex - crazed english "Gentleman" could be so entertaining. Extremely clever in the way you find yourself sympathizing with the protagonist, although he's anything but a hero. But even better is the historical information you get fed, almost by the by. Fraser is obviously very informed and knowledgeable regarding the 2nd half of the 19th century. An excellent buy.
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It is hard to believe that this first book of the Flashman series is now nearly 30 years old. Written as if it is an actual published memoir (later books put "a novel" on the cover, probably to protect the publisher from receiving annoying letters of shock and outrage from the truly ignorant and profoundly clueless). This is a book for lovers of historical fiction, military fiction, or British history, but will be enjoyed by those who otherwise would never read in these areas. They are books of humor, following a knave and poltroon -- Harry Flashman -- as he stumbles into many of the great events of the 19th century (often fleeing irate husbands). Events he has visted so far include Little Big Horn, the Chinese Boxer Rebellion, the Indian Mutiny, the American slave trade, and the Prussian court where he was forced to act as a royal imposter. To the world he is seen as a great heroic figure, a development that Flashman finds hilarious yet endlessly useful. This first book introduces the Flashman character, beginning with his being expelled from school, forced into the British Army, and suddenly finding himself in the midst of the disasterous British Afghan campaign. The only books that ever left me laughing harder were the original three books of what should have remained the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy" by Douglas Adams. Highly recommended, though with this warning: reading this book and its successors will leave you considerably more educated about the important events of the last century without you even realizing it is happening
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I found it difficulte to attain any vestige of empathy with the protagonist.

He beats women and servants on a whim, breaks promises with nary a pang of conscience and is in a word an all around cad. He has absolutley no redeeming qualities, so who wants to read about a bastard being nothing but a bastard.

I lost interest completly after about 100 pages...
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It’s very well-written. English language to enjoy. It’s basically a historical novel in the style of an adventure story. But there are great insights into English society and military society especially. And human follies are described in abundance. I think you can name it almost a satirical novel.
A very good idea it was that the author created an anti-hero, a man with great self assurance, knowing very well that he is egoistic (and thinking it helps a lot) and supposing that most other human beings are also egoistic. At the very end of the story his (no small) intelligence is blinded by his passion and self-righteousness. Then you recognize perhaps some of your contemporaries – or yourself?

I think MacDonald Fraser wanted not only to write a historical novel but to say something about human nature, especially about human weaknesses and arrogance and presumptuousness.
Nevertheless there are a witty style, some aphorisms and some amusing incidents.

"Pride is a hellish thing. Without it there isn't any jealousy or ambition." p.293
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A colleague described Flashman as "Forrest Gump on drugs", which isn't quite correct. Like Forrest Gump Flashman (..a fictional character) magically turns up at all the most memorable moments in history. However unlike Forrest, Mr. Flashman is cad and, surprisingly, a marginally likeable person (whereas Forrest Gump is completely sugar-coated).
This first Flashman novel quickly reviews Flashman's childhood and how he, quite fantastically, enters the military and dives into rather incredible battles in the outer reaches of the 19th century British Empire. What really shocks the reader is that while Flashman isn't real, all the horrors (and shame) of this British battles (in Afghanistan) were real. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
The author tells the story in a rather tongue-in-cheek fashion. Flashman is an immature rascal and skirt-chaser, with a tendency to get out of trouble through unbelievable luck. His travails are meant to be unbelievable, and all in good fun.
However after reading Flashman I noticed that there are no credible female characters in the entire novel. All the women are either conniving bimbos, or ugly and "not worth bothering". While maybe this can be partially forgiven in light of the leading character being a sexist brute, I believe most women would find this novel to be mildly offensive (at best). For all others, read and enjoy. I certainly look forward to reading the next in the Flashman series.
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