Flashman and the Redskins

Flashman and the Redskins

by George MacDonald Fraser

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Overview

“Hilariously funny.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Great dirty fun!”—Grand Rapids Press
 
“The most entertaining anti-hero in a long time… Moves from one ribald and deliciously corrupt episode to the next… Wonderful and scandalous.”—Publishers Weekly

The seventh volume of the "Flashman Papers" records the arch-cad's adventures in America during Gold Rush of 1849 and the Battle of Bighorn in 1876, and his acquaintance with famous Indian chiefs, American soldiers, frontiersmen and statesmen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452264878
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1983
Series: Flashman Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 276,961
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

George MacDonald Fraser was a bestselling historical novelist, journalist and screenwriter. He is perhaps most famous for his series of Flashman novels, featuring his antihero Harry Flashman. In addition to his novels, he wrote numerous screenplays, most notably The Three Musketeers and the James Bond film Octopussy. George MacDonald Fraser died in 2008 at the age of 82.

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Flashman and the Redskins 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
dougwood57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The seventh entry in the Flashman series is two books in one. The book picks up where [[ASIN:0452260892 Flash for Freedom! (Flashman)]] ended. It¿s 1849 and Flash is in New Orleans, on the run from the law. He reacquaints himself with Susie Wilnick, a local madam who is moving her brothel west to join the flood of Forty Niners heading to California. Flash marries ¿ again ¿ but even at great personal risk he cannot help his roving eyes...and hands and so forth. He leaves Susie along the west (and in order to take his leave, he commits a deed that is shameful even by Harry Flashman¿s standards.) He then begins a wild trip across the Old West, even living with Apaches for awhile (where he weds yet again). Along the way, the reader meets many historical characters including Spotted Tail, John Joel Glanton, Mangas Coloradas, Geronimo, and Kit Carson. One of the more interesting historical bits involves Bent¿s Fort and its mysterious destruction. Harry was there and resolves the mystery.As always Fraser deflates the mythology surrounding historical figures. This characteristic debunking is a bit odd because Fraser believed the mythology about his own army and his own war, the Indian 17th Division of the British Army fighting in Burma during the last months of World War Two (See his war memoir [[ASIN:1602391904 Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II]]). Flashman manages to escape the Apaches and returns to England. In Part Two, Elspeth, his `real¿ English wife convinces Harry to return to the States, which introduces us to even more historical figures and eventually lands Harry right in the midst of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. I found the first part more entertaining and the ending was more than a bit of stretch.Fraser is a marvelous story teller and as he spins out his entertaining tales one also picks up a good deal of history. The reader should exercise caution in accepting Fraser¿s history. His version tends to be based on older sources and he eschewed more modern works (and certainly rejected modern viewpoints). Enjoy it for what it is: well-told speculations on historical mysteries. While some will be offended by Flashman¿s views on women, Indians, Africans, and other people of color, in fairness, he also did not generally hold other white men in high regard, perhaps because Harry knew what a scoundrel he was himself.
santhony on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Our intrepid hero, Harry Flashman, is back for volume seven of the Flashman Papers, a narrative of the life and times of one of the most ne¿er-do-well wastrels to ever grace the pages of a published autobiography.The first five Flashman novels were presented in chronological order. This ¿packet¿, like its immediate predecessor, acts to fill in a previous ¿gap¿ in the Flashman timeline. From a chronological standpoint, the adventures of this novel immediately follow those contained in Flash For Freedom, wherein we left Flashman in the port of New Orleans awaiting transport to England. Alas, poor Harry is instead destined for adventures in the American West of 1849-50. The story then skips over 25 years and picks up again with Flashman attending the wedding of his good friend Philip Sheridan in Chicago. From there, our friend Flash hooks up with General George Custer for a leisurely ride through the Black Hills of Dakota and into Montana.As in the previous Flashman novels, our Harry is revealed as the premier coward and opportunist of his era; faults which he quite willingly admits and even boasts of. Much as a prior day Forrest Gump, he has a way of finding himself among the most powerful and famous personages of his era, as he takes part in the great events of the period, in this case meeting a young Geronimo on the Santa Fe Trail, traveling with Kit Carson and riding among the American cavalry at Little Big Horn. Aside from uproarious fun and games, the Flashman series is set against historical events and actually serves as an educational experience. On to volume eight of the Flashman Papers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good action, compelling characters (historical and fictional), and an epic story indeed. Good job, Harry!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Fraser takes Flashman back to America, taking up where Flash For Freedom left off, and embroils him in the conflict with the Native Americans. As usual Flashy observes all with a keen non-biased eye, managing to meet Kit Carson, Geronimo, Wild Bill Hickok, Crazy Horse, Custer, and many others. A wonderful book to enjoy and learn history. Read them all!