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Book Title: Flash for Freedom|
The author of the book: George MacDonald Fraser
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Date of issue: February 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780006511274
Format files: PDF
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After the slight dip that was the second entry of the series, Royal Flash, Flash for Freedom marks a triumphant return to form for the character. Harry “bushy whiskers” Flashman is firmly and confidently back in the saddle. And what a glorious show with plenty of rollicking, non-PC fun Fraser has on offer here, while providing a historically accurate framework for Flashy to mess around in like – how fitting - a pig in mud.
Here we have our brutish, venal, lecherous cad as his globetrotting old self, first crewing on a slave ship due for Africa led by the crazed captain John Charity as punishment for having been – for once, falsely - accused of cheating at a game of cards. Of course, this enterprise doesn’t fare smoothly and our sociopathic “hero” soon finds himself deluged by a rapid succession of misfortunes, embarrassments and outright disasters, eventually ending up in the land of the then not so free, the USA. One side note, without spoiling anything: all you Abraham Lincoln enthusiasts, pick this one up. You won’t regret it.
Flash for Freedom may not be as outrageous as the original (which for its sheer devil-may-care indulgence in all manners of sordidness even now is still fresh in my mind), but it’s up there. As a piece of historical fiction oddly reminiscent of old boy adventure books, yet with a definite MATURE audience in mind (one can’t stress this enough), The Flash series remains awfully tough to beat. The editorial annotations which accompany - and often correct - details of the stories Flashman divulges in his memoir are just icing on the cake for a history buff like me. Never can get enough of them.
For newcomers I’d wholeheartedly recommend making this one your point of entry. It has all the key elements of what makes a great Flashman novel, while still keeping the more.. let's say abrasive aspects in check. Chronology is of minor importance to this series (it has been intentionally written that way by Fraser), so you should be fine.
If you want to get a couple of the novels in one volume, I’d be a real prick neglecting to encourage tracking down the absolutely spiffing Everyman’s Library edition, which contains the original, this one, and the fifth entry, Flashman in the Great Game. A damned fine deal, I daresay.
Our old Flashy truly shows himself to be a hard addiction to kick.
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Read information about the authorHe is best known for his Flashman series of historical novels, purportedly written by Harry Flashman, a fictional coward and bully originally created by Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown's School Days. The novels are presented as "packets" of memoirs written by the nonagenarian Flashman, who looks back on his days as a hero of the British Army during the 19th century. The series begins with Flashman, and is notable for the accuracy of the historical settings and praise from critics. P.G. Wodehouse said of Flashman, “If ever there was a time when I felt that ‘watcher-of-the-skies-when-a-new-planet’ stuff, it was when I read the first Flashman.”
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