Flashman
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Flashman
George MacDonald Fraser
Literature
Jul 31, 2018
Flashman is the name of a bully who is expelled for drunkenness from Rugby School in the 1857 novel Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes. A century after Hughes’s book, George MacDonald Fraser had the inspired idea of resurrecting “Flashy” and inventing for him a post-expulsion career. And what a gloriously deplorable career it has turned out to be! In a series of twelve hugely entertaining historical novels, Sir Harry Paget Flashman shows himself to be a cowardly soldier, a lecherous rogue, an unmitigated scoundrel—and, to the delight of countless readers, one of the great comic characters of modern fiction. Flashman is the first book in the romping series. It is narrated, as are all the installments, by the dastardly blackguard himself; novelist Fraser professes to act merely as the editor of “the Flashman papers”—bawdy, action-packed memoirs in which Flashy recounts his globetrotting life from the late 1830s to the early years of the twentieth century.
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