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Flashman has anyone read much of the Flashman series?

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 11:35 AM

This is an amazing series by george Macdonald Fraser - historically very accurate, from what I can find out, and with a serious vein of black humour. I've only read three so far but have another three coming in the post soon. I'm not a real western history reader, more asian history, but reading these books has really brought european history alive for me.

Flashman is a fictional character, the bully from Tom Brown's School Days, who has been expelled from Rugby and goes on the have a celebrated but totally fraudulant career in the British Army and various other places.

There has only been one movie adaptation that I'm aware of, with Malcolm Macdowell, but surely it's just a huge franchise waiting to be brought to life - there are something like 20 books in the series. Someone like Bill Nighy, who is sadly too old to play the main character in his youth, would he perfect. Bill could still do the flash-forwards, to Flashman's later years though.
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Posted 09 May 2011 - 05:21 PM

The Flashman books are superb. Academics ,like me, like to find fault but these books are entertaining, irreverent and they avoid antiquarianism and anachronism. Read and enjoy!
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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:10 AM

I'm glad to know these books have an good audience - they're classically entertaining and stimulating to the brain at the same time.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:10 PM

Flashy, what a character.
I've read a number of the books and can echo your praise, especially the historical accuracy.
I read it when a friend loaned me Flashman just after its release.
Because of the style of presentation some academics praised it as a genuine piece of history, despite the clear categorization of FICTION on the dust jacket.

George had a delightful sense of humour and I recall a tale of the day of his demobilization. He was waiting in a line of all ex-ranks when an obnoxious person started going off about all of them now being equal and no more officers' privileges and aimed his remarks in particular to MacDonald Fraser.

George shut him up with the observation that as they were now all equal there was now nothing to stop him, George, from punching him in the nose.

On another book related note, I was just looking through my copy of Scullard's From the Gracchi to Nero where I found a $1 note, now worth a fraction of its then value when I used it as a very temporary bookmark. It's a post 1974 note and could have been there since Sydney Uni days in the 1980s
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:17 PM

God! A post from me under the name Marat! Flashman never loses his attraction. I read him during uni.marking. It keeps me sane.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:43 PM

View PostGeorgeParsons, on 13 July 2012 - 04:17 PM, said:

God! A post from me under the name Marat! Flashman never loses his attraction. I read him during uni.marking. It keeps me sane.

Know how you feel :(
Have you ever had the experience, that one of my lecturers at Sydney used to relate, of having an essay submitted in pencil on brown wrapping paper?

He was a great bloke and had amazing patience with the first year aspirants and when he couldn't read their writing would get them to read their essay to him and would give them a mark based on the oral presentation, but only in first year.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:26 PM

View PostRoderick, on 13 July 2012 - 04:43 PM, said:

Know how you feel :(
Have you ever had the experience, that one of my lecturers at Sydney used to relate, of having an essay submitted in pencil on brown wrapping paper?

He was a great bloke and had amazing patience with the first year aspirants and when he couldn't read their writing would get them to read their essay to him and would give them a mark based on the oral presentation, but only in first year.
Civilised man. I used to use oral presentations when the writing got too bad. In the last few years I have only had one handwritten essay which I insisted that the tutors mark. They seemed to think this very eccentric
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 01:17 PM

I know a fella who continually insists that Flashman was a real person. Can't persuade him otherwise at all.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 01:34 PM

View Postscotto, on 16 July 2012 - 01:17 PM, said:

I know a fella who continually insists that Flashman was a real person. Can't persuade him otherwise at all.
Isn't he real?
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 02:26 PM

View PostGeorgeParsons, on 16 July 2012 - 01:34 PM, said:

Isn't he real?

You're killing me here.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 02:39 PM

View Postscotto, on 16 July 2012 - 02:26 PM, said:

You're killing me here.

He isn't real but he should have been :lol:
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 04:37 PM

View PostRoderick, on 16 July 2012 - 02:39 PM, said:

He isn't real but he should have been :lol:
I can think of a few soldiers who could be Flashman.
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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:06 AM

View PostGeorgeParsons, on 16 July 2012 - 04:37 PM, said:

I can think of a few soldiers who could be Flashman.

Apparently there are more than a few of them.
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