Flashman on the March by George MacDonald Fraser is
historical fiction at its funniest.
Handsome Sir Harry Flashman V.C. is marching into Africa, across
Abyssinia to rescue a small band of English hostages from a mad Abyssinian
King. Of course Flashman is out to
seduce the ladies and keep his hide out of danger. Events have other things in mind for him,
from going over a waterfall, to avoiding brigands, danger is everywhere.
Flashman books are rollicking, outrageous fun.
George MacDonald Fraser’s series about handsome Harry Flashman blends
real and fictional characters as he brings history to life with some hilarious
twists. Flashman books take him all over
the globe into major world events; the America West, the 1857 Uprising in India,
the Civil War, the Charge of the Light Brigade.
I have read them all. They are
not politically correct, using the language of the times for indigenous people,
but they give an interesting perspective on history, making points with satire and humor.
It’s 1868 and Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., arch-cad, amorist, cold-headed soldier, and reluctant hero, is back! Fleeing a chain of vengeful pursuers that includes Mexican bandits, the French Foreign Legion, and the relatives of an infatuated Austrian beauty, Flashy is desperate for somewhere to take cover. So desperate, in fact, that he embarks on a perilous secret intelligence-gathering mission to help free a group of Britons being held captive by a tyrannical Abyssinian king. Along the way, of course, are nightmare castles, brigands, massacres, rebellions, orgies, and the loveliest and most lethal women in Africa, all of which will test the limits of the great bounder’s talents for knavery, amorous intrigue, and survival.
Flashman on the March—the twelfth book in George MacDonald Fraser’s ever-beloved, always scandalous Flashman Papers series--is Flashman and Fraser at their best.
About the Author
George MacDonald Fraser was born in England and educated in Scotland. He served in a Highland regiment in India, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition to his books, he has written screenplays, including The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, and the James Bond film Octopussy. He died in 2008.
“Shocking. . . . So exciting. . . . Readers will find themselves simply turning the pages . . . as if they were lost in the exciting adventures of a Victorian James Bond. . . . He is . . . the stuff of legend.”–The Washington Post Book World“A novelistic gallop through history and imagination. . . . Fraser can easily juggle Conan Doyle and Holmes, Fleming and Bond, Wodehouse and Wooster, and Chandler and Marlowe.”–Vanity Fair “Genius. . .one of the literary wonders of the age: historical pastiche raised to such dizzy heights that you forget that it is pastiche and savour it as new-minted fiction.”–The Telegraph“As fine a contribution to history and literature as you could desire. . . .filled with peril, astonishing escapes and sexual escapades. . . brilliant.”–The Boston Globe