So in the fifth instalment of the Flashman Papers we find the “hero of the hour” being sent off to India to track down some trouble. We meet a verity of the great and the good of time, as ever old Flashy only mixes with the best. Even when in the middle of the Indian Mutiny; and we get to see how much Flashman is to blame for it.
Much is off course the footnotes and appendices provided by George MacDonald Fraser help explain what was going on. But again as with the four that went before this is a good story that moves as quickly as Flashman does from trouble.
This is the second volume of the Flashman Papers, and picks up from where the last one – Flashman – left off. We have Flashman meeting Otto von Bismarck, and helping deal with major questions around German unification – all much against his will and with him as ever trying to get out of it as much as possible. We see our dashing hero, with his fine whiskers getting to be royalty for a while, but still not managing to end up on top.
We are introduced here to the memoirs of Harry Flashman, recently expelled from Rugby School – as recounted in Tom Brown’s School Days – and now needing to find something to do. Flashman is writing these much later in life, and this is but the first packet found in a salehouse some where.
The book moves at a fair pace and is very enjoyable, we get through a couple of years of life, and a trip to Afghanistan. All in all this is a pleasure to read, just don;t think about it to hard.
Here we have the fourth instalment of the memoirs of Harry Flashman, where he manages to rise from the rank of Captain to that of Colonel. The book follows Flashman to the Crimea and the Charge of the Light Brigade, and then on to as he hints to save India for the empire. Again we see Flashman being the hero despite his best efforts to avoid it all. Also we get to meet one of Flashman’s fellows from Rugby School
I have to say one of the joys – aside form the main plot – of these books is the historical footnotes, which make the book feel more solid in what comes up.
The Flashman Papers follow the exploits of Harry Flashman after he is expelled from Rugby School, as recounted in Tom Brown’s School Days. The memoirs of Flashman have been edited together by George MacDonald Fraser, ad present what is remembered of events, often giving a little more light on them than would have been true at the time.
In this instalment of the Papers, we have Flashman engaged with the slave trade, and meeting with a young Abe Lincoln. As with many things Flashman gets into trouble, gets out of it into deeper trouble. And in general makes for a good read, even if one just sets aside some modern morals. I have to say that I enjoyed Flash For Freedom.