Flashman on the March

Flashman on the March

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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. That mission rapidly turns into one of the most famous expeditions in British military history, and along the way, of course, are nightmare castles, brigands, massacres, rebellions, orgies, and the loveliest and most lethal women in Africa--including a voluptuous African queen with a weakness for stalwart adventurers whom she nonetheless occasionally throws to her pet lions--who 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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9781400044757
1400044758
Branch Call Number: FRASER G
Characteristics: 335 p. : map ; 22 cm.

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Liber_vermis
Feb 21, 2018

Sexual Content: Sir Harry Flashman might be more appropriately named "Sir Horny" from his exploits off the battlefield.

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Liber_vermis
Feb 21, 2018

Coarse Language: Frequent use of the N-word; and pejorative words for some nationalities

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Liber_vermis
Feb 21, 2018

The author, George Macdonald Fraser (1925-2008), has created another page-turning tale, in the Flashman series, that deftly weaves a fictional protagonist into historical events. While written in 2005, Fraser generously fills his story with racial epithets and misogynist activity that many readers will find offensive. Three detail maps of Magdala; and an end cover map of Abyssinia help to place the story in its geographical context in northeast Africa. The extensive end notes provide the true memoir and historian sources that Fraser used - many of which are available from the Internet Archive.

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Feb 21, 2018

"[Sir Harry Flashman, V.C.] glanced back at the smoke rising from Magdala [mountain fortress] like some huge genie escaping from his bottle ... And I thought of that hellish beautiful land [Abyssinia] and its hellish beautiful people, of Yando's [torture] cage and the horrors of Gondar, of bandit treasure aswarm with scorpions, of the terrifying thunder of descent into a water maelstrom [Tisisat Falls], of a raving lunatic [King Theodore] slaughtering helpless captives, of fighting women drunk on massacre, of a graceful she-devil aglow with love and ice-cold in hate ...". (p. 287)

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Feb 26, 2018

"There are days when you get up and smell death in the air, and that Good Friday was one of them. ... when [warlord] Theodore came on the scene in a raging temper ... [captive] Prideaux shook my hand in what he plainly thought was a last farewell. ... All that mattered was that the last chance of a peaceful issue had gone, and it behooved all good men to look after Number One, and bolt at the first chance. ... It never came. [Theodore] kept me with him all day, and since he was never without his bodyguards ... I could only wait and watch with my hopes diminishing; plainly the [battle] was coming, and the question was, when he went down to inevitable bloody defeat, would he take his prisoners with him? Fear said yes; common sense said no, what would be the point? But with a madman, who could tell? (p. 233-4)

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