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Flashman and the Redskins (Flashman Papers #7)

4.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,320 Ratings  ·  66 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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Jamie Collins
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
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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
Aug 19, 2008 Warren Seddon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Randy
Mar 30, 2008 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning. Go now and buy them all - I certainly am!
Dfordoom
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
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Olethros
-Esta vez es el turno de la conquista del Oeste y de parte de las guerras indias.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. Harry Flashman, tras su epopeya relacionada con los esclavos en Norteamérica, en lugar de volver a su hogar en Gran Bretaña se queda en el nuevo continente por un encuentro desafortunado con alguna de las personas que conoció en su anterior aventura y, tras nuevas peripecias, termina camino a California en una caravana y topándose con los belicosos indios de la zona, llegando inclu
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Raegan Butcher
Harry Flashman travels the old west and manages to end up smack dab in the middle of Custer's Last Stand!
James
Mar 12, 2015 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without question my favorite Flashman novel yet. No doubt this is due to the Old West milieu (two great tastes that taste GREAT together, indeed), but I think I'm also beginning to realize just how terrific the entire series is, which I suppose I ought to have known since a reader as exacting as Christopher Hitchens was a big fan.
Like any other Flashman enthusiast, I enjoy the rollicking adventure, the leering salaciousness, and, most especially, the irredeemable blackguardry. But, this time
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Rick Brindle
Dec 21, 2014 Rick Brindle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Ruediger Landmann
Mar 15, 2013 Ruediger Landmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ruediger by: Walter Rorschach
Shelves: read-2013
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
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Greg Deane
Oct 21, 2012 Greg Deane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Christian Schwoerke
The Flashman novels are guilty pleasures, straight-forward, briskly entertaining adventures of a most charming picaro, the cad Harry Flashman, the bully of Tom Brown’s Schooldays all grown up. GMF introduces each of the volumes with an explanation about how he’s become executor of the trove of Flashman’s memoirs (discovered in 1966), and how each of the manuscript packets contains a detailed “episode” in the eventful life of that coward and bounder.

As in my previous three sallies into the world
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Ian Mapp
Oct 01, 2014 Ian Mapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, humour
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
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Joe
Jun 10, 2014 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ellen by: book reviews
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.
David
The approach of many Europeans to America often leave North Americans a little bewildered and wondering whether or not they've any idea, at all, about what is actually going on in the Americas in general and North America in particular. George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman and the Redskins [Bk 7 of The Flashman Papers] is another example of this. This Flashman, as all the Flashman books, has been painstakingly researched by the author in order to get the history correct, but at the level of charac ...more
Jason Toluba
Aug 22, 2009 Jason Toluba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
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.
Morgan
Sep 19, 2007 Morgan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Margaret
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
Nov 05, 2008 Bernard Dogon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Love
Oct 02, 2015 Love rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flashman supposedly makes three visits to America during his lifetime. The story of his first visit is partly told in Flashgun for Freedom, in which he takes on the roles of both slaver and abolitionist. This story is then continued here in Flashgun and the Redskins, where his journey with a traveling bordello from New Orleans to California is chronicled, as well as his run-ins with the Apache. But that is only the first part of the book, the second part is about Flashmans third visit to the sta ...more
Smokinjbc
Apr 16, 2011 Smokinjbc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksthatrock
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.
Peter
Jan 16, 2010 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 17, 2012 Robert Jr. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flashy! If you're not reading a Flashman book, you should be. And don't skip the footnotes.
Patrick\
Apr 19, 2008 Patrick\ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, faux-history
The Sioux almost had another with that Custer lot. But our scoundrel lives on. Fun.
Tara
Jan 23, 2010 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Flashman's adventures on the Sante Fe Trail in 1849 and with Custer in 1876.
Muthuprakash Ravindran
Probably the best of the Flashman yet (only read the first six so far). Absolutely handsome, full of villainy and selfish, Flashman captivates us again by managing to run away from yet another battle. This time, it is Custer's last stand. He tries his best to avoid the vicinity of the battle, but his past in the (fabulous) figure of Cleonie catches up with him and he travels the old west in wagon trains, horses and of course, does his bit of exercise by running all around only to land himself in ...more
Ensiform
Feb 04, 2012 Ensiform rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical
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
Joy
Nov 20, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Flashman Papers (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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