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Flashman and the Redskins (Flashman Papers #7)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  1,866 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Celebrated Victorian bounder, cad, and lecher, Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., returns to play his (reluctant) part in the Battle of Little Bighorn in the seventh volume of the critically acclaimed Flashman Papers. What was Harry Flashman doing on the slopes of Little Bighorn, caught between the gallant remnant of Custer's 7th Cavalry and the attack of Sitting Bull's braves? He ...more
Paperback, 382 pages
Published 1983 by Pan (first published January 1st 1982)
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This is the perfect Flashman novel - hilarious and informative. Full of high adventure (the California Gold Rush, wagon trains, Indians, white scalpers, the Battle of the Little Bighorn) and peppered with Flashy's salacious escapades, with just enough truly horrific behavior on his part to keep you from mistaking Flashman for a lovable rogue.

There's no heart of gold inside this fascinating antihero. Some people can't stomach him, but it's amazing what we can forgive in a handsome, stylish, and
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
I have praised George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman series before and I shall probably continue to do so as long as I continue to read them; they are a national treasure and our equivalent of Dumas or Sienkiewicz. Whilst "Flashman and the Redskins" is not about English Victorian history it is still about that amazing era and manages to both amuse and inform us in a wonderfully approachable manner - there are many students of history who would benefit by reading the stuff. Fraser doesn't just tell ...more
Warren Seddon
They are all excellent but this is my favouriteof Flashy's adventures. If you haven't read them then damn yer eyes and get started!
Stunning. Go now and buy them all - I certainly am!
Raegan Butcher
Harry Flashman travels the old west and manages to end up smack dab in the middle of Custer's Last Stand!
Max Magbee
The seventh volume of "The Flashman Papers", George MacDonald Fraser's hilarious and ribald historical adventure series featuring the character who is arguably the greatest anti-hero in all of literature, Harry Paget Flashman, picks up at the exact moment where the third book, FLASH FOR FREEDOM! ended, and swiftly plunges Flashy into another series of near-death escapes, bedroom antics and cowardly retreats in the heat of battle, which are nearly always misconstrued as being some sort of heroic ...more
Gerhardt Himmelmann
As splendid as always! I've said it before, but it bears repeating: Harry Flashman is the best-realised antihero ever. This installment details two of his adventures in America's wild west, one set in 1849, and the other in 1876. The events of the first episode do set the stage for the second, but they read like two quite separate stories.

I enjoyed this book immensely: the action is vivid and humorous, the historical anecdotes and name-dropping are liberal, and we're left in no doubt as to Flas
Greg Deane
Flashman and the Redskins is quite amusing and does offer some interesting insights, and the book put me onto other more objective accounts, notably Cremony's "Life among the Apaches". But while I enjoy MacDonald, I find his tendency to overstate similarities between the vices of westerners and those who meet them, he is not willing to recognise the virtues of westerners and benefits they have brought to the rest of the world-of course his iconoclasm is part of a vogue that has persisted for clo ...more
It’s quite a while since I’ve read a Flashman book. I’m not sure why since they were always a lot of fun, and Flashman and the Redskins is no exception.

This one follows the adventures of self-confessed coward and scoundrel Colonel Sir Harry Flashman in the Wild West. The structure is interesting - there are two completely separate narratives, one charting Flashman’s adventures in 1849 and the other taking place 27 years later. The two narratives are linked quite ingeniously but the links aren’t
Nathan Miller
I have been reading the Flashman papers over the past 3 or so years. I got into them as an ex pat and with a lack of english reading material a co worker brought these in. What can I say if you have read one rollicking amoral or is he more immoral Flashman tale you have read them all.

Once again the authour builds on the real history nicely giving a more expanded detail in several pages of appendixes. Flashman has an adventure in the old west from its beginnings of the Indian wars to the end. An
Ian Mapp
Two flashman books for the price of one.

The only question about the Flashman books is what order to read them in. I am going for the years they were written, which - for the first time - in the series, may not have been a wise decision.

We go back in time from previous books - to events straight after Flash for Freedom. Flash is making his escape from New Orleaons - hooking up with a mobile brothel that is heading West in 1849

No end of scrapes occur - and Flash's behaviour is very possibly worse
The Flashman books are unabashed politically incorrect, often hilarious, remarkably accurate historical novels – set in the 19th Century. Our hero – Harry Flashman, an officer in the British military – is a self-admitted scoundrel/rascal/cad/rogue – “his personal character was deplorable, his conduct abandoned, and his talent for mischief apparently inexhaustible.” He is also very likeable. Harry is usually on the run from someone – the law, a jealous husband or some figure of authority – and du ...more
Ellen Schappe
Feb 25, 2010 Ellen Schappe rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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In which Flashy (for about ten days) finds he has a heart after all. Fraser's several lovingly-rendered rides through the last of the Old West (plus Susie's remarkable baggage) make the book. Fraser comes closer to answering the core question of all good historical fiction ("But what was it like, to be there?") than many Serious Novelists, His best romps have a bracing rage that lifts them from farce to clear-eyed social commentary, thanks to the most unreliable narrator in modern fiction.
Jason Toluba
Flash is a very, very bad person... not evil, but bad in the self-absorbed, impulsive, screw-other-people over sense. I should also add that I haven't laughed so hard while reading a book in the last year. Kudos for creating an anti-hero in the historical fiction genre.
This was my favourite of the series so far. It starts off with him in his 20's or 30's and the little adventure he goes on, I love that he's a scoundral and knows it and makes no apologies. The it comes back to bite him in the ass when he's 50 & in America on a vacation.
I especially liked the structure of this one; it covers Flashman's adventures in the United States at two different periods of his life, and the events of the first sojourn affect the events of the second in clever and surprising (to Flashman and to me) ways.
Bernard Dogon
Kicks ass, rollicking good read about an English officer who's a total bastard yet always lands with his ass in the butter... very funny, raunchy and educational, as the author always portrays him crucial historical events that changed history.
Outstanding... and Flashy gets a teeny, tiny bit of a heart somewhere along the way. Great twists (one I should have seen coming!) and loved the development of his relationship with his true love, Elspeth.
Painfully non-PC but impossible to put down. Filled with high adventure and excitement as well as a heaping of from-what-I-can-tell-accurate history.
Robert Jr.
Flashy! If you're not reading a Flashman book, you should be. And don't skip the footnotes.
The Sioux almost had another with that Custer lot. But our scoundrel lives on. Fun.
Rick Brindle
OK, so for me, it should perhaps have been put out as two books, one from the '49 era, and one for twenty-five years later. Hence four stars instead of five.
Right, critique over. The Flashman books are packaged as humorous fiction set in the past, but that really ignores so many other levels. They are an excellent history lesson, they all deal with what is actually a beautiful and enduring love story between Flashy and Elspeth, but the biggest joke is that while Flashman is portrayed as a coward
Flashman's adventures on the Sante Fe Trail in 1849 and with Custer in 1876.
A continuation of Flash for Freedom!, plus a return to the U.S.A. in 1876. Thus, our hero takes part in the great gold rush of ‘49, ditches his second wife (the madam, Susie), joins a scalp hunting party, and (through a tortuous sequence of events in which Flash exhibits not only heroism but the most actual human decency he’s shown so far) an Apache brave, before being escorted homewards by none other than Kit Carson. Twenty-five years later, Flash is back, dragged unwilling into the battle of L ...more
Victorian England's undeserving (anti)hero--bully, cad, lacher, and coward, aka Sir Harry Flashman, tells the tale of his experiences with American Indians. On the run from the law in New Orleans, he ends up leading a caravan of "whores and bronchial patients" west to Santa Fe, becomes a scalphunter's accomplice, marries a madam and an Indian princess, and hobnobs with Spotted Tail and Kit Carson. This is in the FIRST half of the book, mind. In the second half, he's the sole white survivor of Cu ...more
I could easily consider "FLASHMAN AND THE REDSKINS" as my favorite novel in the Flashman Papers series, due to its setting. After all, I have always been a big aficionado of the history of the American West. And I will admit that the novel’s setting is one of the reasons why I have enjoyed it so much.

The novel does have its share of small problems. I believe that Fraser got carried away in his description of mountain men following the scene that featured the destruction of Bent’s Fort. If I mus
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in September 1999.

This is the seventh Flashman book, though the events it describes follow on directly from the third, Flash for Freedom! In fact, Fraser slightly alters the ending of the earlier book so that Flashman doesn't actually get so far as on board a boat returning to England after his adventures with the Underground Railroad. Instead, he is catapulted into a journey across the West with the 'Forty-Niners, on their way to the California goldrush.

While this is seventh within the series chronology, it is second to none in terms of sheer readability, fast-paced action, and fascinating detail. The first half picks up where Flash for Freedom! left off, in 1849 with the great lily-livered cad wanted for murder in New Orleans and taking shelter in -- where else? -- a brothel where the madam is about to pull stakes and head west to capitalize on the Gold Rush. Flashman quickly finds himself battling Plains Indians, trying to survive among a ban ...more
Gerry Germond
Here are two stories in one novel, one putting Flashman in the Great American West during the 1849 Gold Rush and the other same place, but a little further north, in 1876 (cue: Garryowen). There is a key link, which I won't reveal here. Well, "The Forty-Niner" finds our hero at the very end of Flash for Freedom! about to sail away with one John Charity Spring and things go downhill from there. By the time we have finished, we will have met Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Uncle Dick Wootten, Mangas Colo ...more
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He is best known for his Flashman series of historical novels, purportedly written by Harry Flashman, a fictional coward and bully originally created by Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown's School Days. The novels are presented as "packets" of memoirs written by the nonagenarian Flashman, who looks back on his days as a hero of the British Army during the 19th century. The series begins with Flashman, and ...more
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