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What was Harry Flashman doing on the slopes of Little Bighorn, caught between the gallant remnant of Custer’s 7th Cavalry and the attack of Sitting Bull’s braves?
He was trying to get out of the line of fire and escape yet again with his life if not his honour intact. Here is the legendary and authentic West flasbman Mangas Colorado’s Apaches, of Kit Carson, Custer and Spotted Tail, of Crazy Horse and the Deadwood stage, gunfighters and gamblers, scoundrels and Indian belles, enthusiastic widows and mysterious adventuresses.
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Flashman and the Redskins
Nov 05, Jane Jago rated it it was amazing. Laugh out loud brilliance. A grasp of history that amazes. The antihero to end all antiheroes. What’s not to fall instantly eedskins love with? Flashy’s opinions of historical figures have to be read. Then laughed about quite a lot.
Get your dose of happiness here. I have praised George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman series before and I shall probably continue to do so as long as I continue to read them; they are a national treasure and our equivalent of Dumas or Sienkiewicz.
Whilst “Flashman and the Redskins” is not about English Victorian history it is still about that amazing era and manages to both amuse and inform us in a wonderfully approachable manner – there are many students of history who would benefit by reading the stuff. Fraser doesn’t just tell I have praised George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman series before and I shall probably continue to do so as long as I continue to read them; they are a national treasure and our equivalent of Dumas or Sienkiewicz.
Fraser doesn’t rdskins tell us a great story but also makes us very aware of how outstanding the opening up of the West really was – and how sudden! He fills his tale with rsdskins, balancing “fiction” with true scholarship and backed up by a long bibliography so that you can go off and really get to grips with the era. I was almost blown apart by the fact that it was possible for a young child to travel west across the “empty” plains in a waggon train surviving Indian attacks, desperate conditions, see oceans of buffalo roll over the landscape and then, in his later years make the same trip in reverse either by rerskins or plane and see the landscape changed utterly, with towns and great cities where once stood a burning waggon and lay only corpses.
This is a great book. Our hero Flashman’s morals are still a bit questionable at times but he is no coward, merely a survivor surrounded by larger-than-life characters who have no real sense of adventure, fun or their own mortality. This is the perfect Flashman novel flaahman hilarious and informative. Full of high adventure the California Gold Rush, wagon trains, Indians, white scalpers, the Battle of the Little Bighorn and peppered with Flashy’s salacious escapades, with just enough refskins horrific behavior on his part to keep you from mistaking Flashman for a te rogue.
There’s no heart of gold inside this fascinating antihero. Some people can’t stomach him, but it’s amazing what we can forgive in a flxshman, stylish, and This is the perfect Flashman novel – hilarious and informative. Some people can’t stomach him, but it’s amazing what we can forgive in a handsome, stylish, and in particular an amusing villain.
View all 9 comments. Aug ad, Dfordoom rated it really liked it Shelves: As usual Flashman becomes involved in momentous events such as the Battle andd the Little Bighorn and getting flashmwn up in the machinations of all manner of famous flashmna powerful people, from Kit Carson to Geronimo, from Wild Bill Hickok to Crazy Horse, and not forgetting a certain George Armstrong Custer.
He finds himself escorting a wagon train of expensive prostitutes to California and ends up a captive of both the Apache and the Sioux. Mar 30, Randy rated it it was amazing. Go now and buy them all – I certainly am!
Flashman and the Redskins by George MacDonald Fraser
Aug 19, Warren Seddon rated it it was amazing. They are all excellent but this is my favouriteof Flashy’s adventures. If you haven’t read them then damn yer eyes and get started!
Nov 16, Kelly rated it really liked it. Nov 10, Nick Gibson rated it really liked it. Fraser’s affection for America comes through in his reluctance flqshman have Flashman leave the country. One book wasn’t enough, and after ending one story Fraser writes “Part Two” and begins again twenty-odd years later, with Flashman and Elspeth stumbling into old associates. Truly a Flashman epic. Without question my favorite Flashman novel yet.
No doubt this is due to the Old West milieu two great tastes that taste GREAT together, indeedbut I think I’m also beginning to realize just how terrific the entire series is, which I suppose I ought to have known since a reader as exacting as Christopher Hitchens was a big fan.
Like any other Flashman enthusiast, I enjoy the rollicking adventure, the leering salaciousness, and, most especially, the irredeemable blackguardry. But, this time Without question my favorite Flashman novel yet.
But, this time around, it was the penetrating satire that impressed me. Written fourteen years later, Flashman and the Redskins is derivative of but, for my money, superior to Little Big Man which I adore. Berger and Fraser both get a lot of mileage from dramatic irony, aand, I think, because Harry Flashman is so irredeemably awful, Fraser is able to comment even more pointedly and drily than Berger on the redskis human consequences of Manifest Destiny without coming off as righteous or heavy-handed.
I don’t think I realized, though, until reading a narrative set in times and places I knew a little about, the extraordinary breadth and depth of Fraser’s historical erudition especially impressive since he was a career flawhman and not a historian. The end notes to these novels are an essential element of the reading experience and real monuments of amateur scholarship, and, in the present instance, at any rate, they have pointed me toward some exceptionally promising future reading.
OK, so for me, it should perhaps have been put out as two books, one from the ’49 era, and redskinns for twenty-five years later. Hence four stars instead of five. The Flashman books rdskins packaged as humorous fiction set in the past, but that flahman ignores so many other levels. They are an excellent history lesson, they all deal with what is actually a beautiful and enduring love story between Flashy and Elspeth, but the biggest joke is that while Flashman is portrayed as a coward OK, so for me, it should perhaps have been put out as two books, one from the ’49 era, and one for twenty-five years later.
They refskins an excellent history lesson, they all deal with what is actually a rrdskins and enduring love story between Flashy and Elspeth, but the biggest joke is that while Flashman is portrayed as a coward and general cad, he actually isn’t.
I’d say he responds to danger just like any other normal person, and while he may play the field with various females that cross lfashman path, so do plenty of other literary heroes, and at least our man has the decency not to adopt the double standard that it’s OK for chaps to get up to that sort of thing, amd not the fillies.
Given the times that these books were written, very refreshing. The scene where he meets his son is very touching, and dealt with in a deceptively light way that still shows real emotion. So, read a Flashman novel and yes, you’ll laugh your socks off, but gedskins a little deeper and you’ll also get a lot more.
This book covers Flashy’s adventures in America, taken up in time from the end of Flash for Freedom. He tries to leave America, but can’t and ends up as part of a wagon train heading west. There his adventures begin, and after many hair-raising and scalping scrapes, he finally wins through and gets home, only to return twenty-five years later, after being ‘persuaded’ by his good lady, where he faces another set of traumatic episodes.
Jan 21, Steven rated it it was amazing. While this is seventh within the series chronology, it is second to none in terms of sheer readability, fast-paced action, and fascinating detail. The first half picks up where Flash for Freedom! Flashman quickly finds himself battling Plains Indians, trying to survive among a ban While this is seventh within the series chronology, it is second to none in terms of sheer readability, fast-paced action, and fascinating detail. Flashman quickly finds himself battling Plains Indians, trying to survive among a band of scalp hunters, romancing an Apache chief’s daughter, and fleeing for his life along the Jornada del Muerto, along the way encountering Kit Carson, Frank Gallatin, Mangas Colorado, and Geronimo.
The second half set in finds the aging Brit once again in America, where he is gulled into taking a riverboat up the Missouri River to what he thinks will be a business opportunity in North Dakota, with a chance to seduce a striking woman entrepreneur along the way. Tying the halves together is a jaw-dropping honey of a plot twist that puts Flashman right where he needs to be for a first-hand look at Custer’s idiocy at the Little Big Horn, ending up in Deadwood to spend some quality time in the company of Wild Bill Hickock.
The author, George MacDonald Fraser, has a penchant for Tory provocation that masks his readiness to give all sides in the Indian wars their due — though Flashman has all the prejudices one would expect of a Victorian jingo, the Apaches and other tribesmen win Flashman’s respect, if not his admiration.
This novel showcases Flashman — and Fraser — in top form. May 01, Raegan Butcher rated it liked it. Harry Flashman travels the old west and manages to end up smack dab in the middle of Custer’s Last Stand! Oct 31, Ruediger Landmann rated it it was amazing Recommended to Ruediger by: As splendid as always! I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Harry Flashman is the best-realised antihero ever. This installment details two of his adventures in America’s wild west, one set inand the other in The events of the first episode do set the stage for the second, but they read like two quite separate stories.
I enjoyed this book immensely: In both tales, Flashman finds himself captive of different native American groups. I particularly enjoyed his observations of frontier life in the first half, both of the Apache, and of the European frontiersmen and bounty hunters.
In context these are adventure stories the disjunction between the two halves of the book didn’t bother me, but elsewhere it might. I don’t think Flashman and the Redskins holds together as a novel particularly well, but it works just fine as two related novellas. This really is Flashman at his best! Sep 21, Edward Erdelac rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. The irascible Flashman relates two seemingly unrelated adventures in the American West circa and which Fraser ties together brilliantly via a well realized connecting thread I didn’t see coming.