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Flashman From the Flashman Papers 1839-1842
Flashman From the Flashman Papers 1839-1842 Author:George MacDonald Fraser Soldier, Lover, duelist, imposter, coward, and hero, Harry Flashman had his inglorious beginnings in literature as the drunken bully expelled from Rugby School. From then onward however, the whereabouts of this Victorian rake remained cloaked in secrecy. Fortuitously, in 1965, at a sale of household furniture in England, one of the great litera... more »ry finds of the century was unearthed. There stored in a tea chest and carefully wrapped in oilskin covers, lay a gerat mass of manuscript known as the Flashman Papers.
Written in old age by the arch-cad himself, these personal memoirs follow Flashman's early career from his expulsion from Rugby through his service with Lord Cardigan's hussars to his ignoble participation in the historic retreat from Kabul.
With wanton recklessness, the newly expelled anti-hero romps from adventure to misadventure from bed to bed. In short order, he seduces his father's mistress, has a commission bought for him in the 11th Light Dragoons (Of Charge of the Light Brigade fame), seduces the mistress of a fellow officer, goads the fellow into a duel that is fixed and tehn welhes on paying the accomplice who did the fixing. Sent off to India by the regimental commander, Lord Cardigan, Harry continues on his wretched course of betrayal, seduction and venality. His brief dalliance with an Indian mistress leaves our hero somwhat disenchantged with the erotic pleasures promsed in the Kama Sutra. Next off to Kabul, Afghanistan, as adie to the fatuous General Elphistone. Always emerging as a hero from the most dastardly acts of cowardice, Harry Flashman is the picaresque rogue par excellence. As a man he can stoop lower, hit fouler, lie smoother, deceive further, and above all, run faster than anyone else. His scandalous pursuits in bed and battel, set fourth here in his own words, make Flashman the funniest picaresque adventure inthe English language since Fielding's Tom Jones.
George MacDonald Fraser is a newpaperman in Scotland. for the past 15 years he has been a reporter and feature writer, concentrating on general and humouous articles as well as book, film and theater reviews for the Glasgow Herald. He has also contributed to Scotland's Magazine, The Economist and International Short Story.« less