Tuesday, July 18, 2006

George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman

Gee, rape sure is funny.

Yes, I'm being sarcastic.

Neat premise. Fraser lifted an anecdote from Thomas Hughe's Tom Brown's School Days about the expulsion of a student named Flashman for drunkenness and uses it as the beginning of the story of his anti-hero's cowardly and highly successful run as a professional soldier. Most of the action in this novel (there are several sequels) centers on Flashman's exploits in the British/India Company army of the 1840's in Afghanistan.

Like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, this story taught me a lot about history.

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