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Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser
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Aug 02, 12

bookshelves: read-reviewed-2012
Read in January, 2012

Racist, mysoginist, rapist, coward, bully, cheat and beater of women, there's not much doubt that Harry Flashman is a cad of the highest order. There are certainly aspects of this story that make for uncomfortable reading for a sensitive soul like myself. The one thing that mitigates the nastiness is his unswerving honesty, even when it makes him look bad. A full and frank confession.

Still, it's entertainingly told, with lots of historical events chucked in so he comes across a bit like a ne'erdowell Forrest Gump or bizarro Zelig.

I think I would rate the book higher if he didn't rely so much on luck to get him through his scrapes and the convenient deaths of any witnesses so he ends up looking like a hero. I'm hoping the rest in the series don't follow this pattern since him begging for his life and then getting saved at the last minute by a random cannonball would start to get annoying after a while.

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