Meet Harry Flashman - in the wildly funny and historically accurate cult classic that introduced us to history's greatest adventurer, randiest cad, and most incorrigble soundrel.
FLASHMAN follows Flashy as he lies, steals, duels, and wenches his way from 1839 England to Indian, to the wilds of Afghanistan. Along the way, he survives military incompetence, ambushes, torture, venomous snakes, and vengeful women...and emergences against all odd as a bona fide hero of the realm.
Meet Harry Flashman -- in the wildly funny and historically accurate cult classic that introduced us to history's greatest adventurer, randiest cad and most incorrigible scoundrel.
"Flashman" follows Flashy as he lies, steals, duels and wenches his way from 1839 England to India to the wilds of Afghanistan. Along the way, he survives military incompetence, ambushes, torture, venomous snakes and vengeful women ... and emerges against all odds as a bona-fide hero of the realm.
OK, what did I like?
Well, the voice of Flashman was good. Admittedly self serving and cynical, but also observant and reconciled with his own nature. The book did make me snicker at points, and for some odd reason I thought of two other characters, one historic one SF: Sir Richard Burton and James Kirk. Damned if I know why.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and hopefully re-reading Flashman someday.
A good dip in the Flashman experience. Slow in places but strong in its connection to actual history. I have read others in the series that seem better developed, but since this is the first in the series I am not surprised that it is not quite as good as the ones that follow. All the same, it's a good and fun read.
Flashman, the character, is not a very admirable character--described by many reviewers as an anti-hero. However, the book does capture the British bungling of the situations in nineteenth century Afghanistan. It's amazing that they were able to maintain such a large empire of colonies.