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Mr. American

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  357 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A self-confident performance by an old hand. . . . Mr. Fraser clearly enjoys being master of such a wide and wild plot and makes sure to leave room in it for his most famous creation, the eponymous hero of his "Flashman" adventure series."-- "The New Yorker
Paperback, 585 pages
Published December 31st 1998 by Avalon (first published January 1st 1980)
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And there I was thinking that I’d read everything George MacDonald Fraser wrote about Flashman.

The reason this novel leapt off the shelf at me at the local book emporium, was the realisation that Harry Flashman played some part in this tale. The blurb to my copy reads “even old General Flashman, who knew men and mischief better than most, never guessed the whole truth about ‘Mr American’” That was of course enough to make me reach for my wallet, although I was fully suspicious that old Flash mig
John Montagne
Better known for his Flashman books... and said character makes several appearances in Mr. American (though as an old retired general). Mr. American is quite a good read... very interesting premise, a cowboy more-or-less, retires to England and seems to have a large amount of money and a shady background. Fraser captures the Edwardian time quite nicely with his descriptions and speech patterns, and the plot kept me reading. But after about the 75% mark... the reader has discovered most of the ma ...more
What a remarkable read. On the face of it, a simple tale which tells the story of a mysterious American who arrives in England, in 1909, with a small fortune and a checkered past. But it is set against the backdrop of an era in England, and indeed the world, where changes in industry and warfare would alter life as we knew it. Having read most of the Flashman series (and Fraser brilliantly includes his most famous creation in a cameo role here) I knew GMF was a master storyteller, but this is ea ...more
I am really torn on what to say about this book. I liked it, but boy it really could have been 100 pages shorter. There were a few sections that just rambled a bit. But man, it is one of those stories that kind of sticks with you. Plus the ending was just crazy, I had a flip back and forth a few times to make sure that was it.

I also had to ponder this one awhile for me to really determine how much I liked it. The characters are written really well. You get to the point where you really do not li
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in October 1999.

In what was not quite a break from his Flashman series, Fraser wrote this novel about an American, Mark Franklin, who struck it rich and travelled to England, to the village his family had emigrated from many years previously. In 1909, despite being both American and nouveau riche, Franklin is able to move in the highest circles of English society, helped by amusing Edward VII at a chance meeting.

As in the Flashman books, Fraser includes a lot
George Macdonald Frazer creates a nice character after writing novel after novel about that cad, Flashman. He is got to be boring! Harry Flashman makes a few appearances which re-inforce the feeling that Franklin is NOT Flashman and compared to ol' Flashy, he is boring. The book is excessively long, Franklin is not in the midst of some glorious conflict like Charge of the Light Brigade or the Great Game or Schleswig-Holstein Question or the Retreat at Kabul or Indian Mutiny. Flashman was a glori ...more
I loved this story; while not a "Flashman", the story was still engaging, and filled with enough divergent historical references (Hole-in-the-wall, suffragettes, the Victorian Prince of Wales' philandering with married women {slightly reminiscent [or prescient] of a later PoW}, Irish troubles), and societal peculiarities of the time (music halls, gentlemans' gentlemen) to keep it interesting. Nice of old Sir Harry to make a few cameos, as well. If this book has a weak point, ?I would say it is i ...more
Mark Franklin is a quiet, mysterious American who is starting a new life in England. As he assimilates into country manor life, he encounters several interesting characters, including a suffragette with a penchant for violence, a fun loving chorus girl, the King of England, and on top of it all, starts an unusual friendship with the outrageous, elderly Harry Flashman. Meanwhile,both his past and his future begin to haunt him in in unexpected but believable ways.

I kept trying to guess what would
The build up to WW1 and the trouble in Ireland form the backdrop to this sort of homecoming story.
A fish out of water in the form of the Mr American mixes with the cream of English gentry...imagine Bullock from the TV series Deadwood turning up on Upstairs Downstairs.
Nothing given away by the blurb on the back, so I'll give nothing away here...not that it's a mystery in any way.
The fact that it is old Flashy's last bow is nice, but he isn't the reason for reading this. Though you'll find his mut
An interesting book, much differently paced than anything else I've seen of Fraser, and I've seen quite a bit. Mr. American is something of a cowboy from the American West wandering about it England on the verge of WWI, a man of grit and integrity in aristocratic Europe just before its self-destruction. For Flashman fans, Harry makes his final appearance on the world stage in this book as he's called to the Palace for consultations as war breaks out.
Wild West rough diamond comes to bucolic Britain to set himself up in a country house.

Straight fiction, unlike many of MacDonald Fraser's other titles. Enjoyable enough but the characters seem underwritten. Leaves you, in many ways, with the same feeling you get when you watch the Cohen Brothers' "The Man Who Wasn't There" - that you weren't really there yourself.
My favorite Geroge MacDonald Fraser book so far. The Flashman series is wonderful, and "The Pyrates" is absolutely hilarious, but there was something about his book... . I liked the main character so much, and the slowly-developing plot moves at just the right pace to explore the problems we encounter when we try to be someone we're not. A fabulous read.
I re-read this book after finishing Season 1 of Downton Abbey. It made a good companion, a very different view of the same time and place. The official blurb doesn't do the book justice. Mr. American is funny, poignant, both nostalgic and a piercing satire, with a bit of adventure thrown in to boot.
This edition was almost 600 pages long, and it took me at least 100 pages to really get into the story. Once I did, it turned out to not be what I expected. Of course I always like stories that take place in London, so I liked this one, but didn't love it.
1909 London. An American, who once was a member of Butch Cassidy's Hole In The Wall Gang, strikes it rich with silver from Nevada. He takes his money and returns to England, the home of his ancestors. A good read with tidbits interspersed of his past.
I found this a entertaining study of an often overlooked period of history- the end of the Victorian Era and the last innocent days of Europe.
Chris Feldman
Another great work from the author of the Flashman series and the MacAuslan books, among others. Highly recommended.
One of my favorite books, even though it's not at all like my usual reads. It grabbed and dug itself into my mind.
An excellent romp GMF as good as you'd come to expect
Interesting backstory to the Flashman legend.
Bloody awful by any reckoning.
Nice Flashman cameo
didn't finish it.
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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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