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Flashman's Lady (Flashman Papers #6)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  3,195 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews
Flashy, that lustful libertine, takes a round-the-world adventure that would shock Don Juan and make swingers of today green with envy. In an English mansion, he's not just doodling in the drawing room with a blue blood's red-hot-blooded mistress; in Africa, he's forced to serve a sultry queen who kills low-endurance lovers.

The irresistable antihero heads to China, where h

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Jane Jago
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there were six stars.

This is naughty, laugh out loud funny, completely without rhyme or reason, and wholly brilliant.

Flashy is just the perfect antihero and giving him a beautiful, amoral, and completely stupid wife just ups the ante.

Go on. I dare you...
Jamie Collins
Flashman plays cricket with Felix, Mynn and Pilch; battles pirates with James Brooke, the White Rajah of Sarawak; and is enslaved and ravished by scary Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar. I'd never heard of any of these people before this book, and it's always fun to look up the history behind Flashy's bizarre escapades.

His wife Elspeth gets caught up in the adventure this time, and it was almost shocking to see Flashman worried about her. In one moment of weakness he actually considers the idea of
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Victor Bruneski
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first Flashman, so decided to give this a try since it is supposedly the second in the chronology, even if it is #6.

Any, at first I have to say I was pretty disappointed. The book starts out with ol' Flashy in England, playing cricket of all things. It get pretty detailed about the game, which I found dry, especially since I am a Canadian and don't have a clue about it. Flashman seems a bit toned down from the first book, even if he is having an affair with a duke's wife. Of course w
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Rick Brindle
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Flashman's wife is kidnapped by a pirate after Flash loses a game of cricket, and as a result he has to sail to the far east with the guy who beat him. He then goes through all sorts of perils against Borneo pirates, then is enslaved, along with Elspeth on Madagascar.
This is the fourth Flashman book I've read, and I have to say, I actually like old Flashy. Sure, he cheated at cricket, but didn't James Bond do the same in the Goldfinger golf match? So he can't keep it in his pants, but nor could
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Ruediger Landmann
Probably my least favourite Flashman novel to date; but that's likely because one of the three episodes depicted here revolves around cricket, a game that I understand little and care about less. However, when the action shifts to battling pirates in Sarawak and then to trying to stay alive in the mad court of Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar, my enjoyment of the book improved enormously.

This instalment also interleaves Flashman's own recollections with diary entries by his wife, Elspeth. I didn't
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Deborah Pickstone
Read for the setting for the geocaching challenge, this was a re-read after many years and it retains it's ability to entertain, though after a few Flashman books, you do start to get something of an ennui. It's an occupational hazard of long-running series' and a very good marker for the notion that all good series' should end somewhere. Of those series' I have had this response to, though, this is one of the marginals rather than a 'definitely should have ended years ago' vote!
Raegan Butcher
Starts off a bit slow what with all the Cricket playing (mystifies a yank like me, you see)but once it gets going this proves to be an excellent entry in the Flashman series. Especially enjoyable are the sections featuring that most amazing 19th century Englishman, James Brooke, the White Rajah, true life inspiration to Conrad's "Lord Jim".
Sarbjit
Feb 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Hilarious. Some of the language is a bit dodgy but it still worth a read.
Card
Nov 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
how does he do it? can't keep his pants on. still one of the best anti heroes ever! what a creep. I love him.
Andrew Weitzel
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Flashman's beautiful and exceedingly stupid wife is kidnapped by a dashing Malay corsair, he finds himself unwillingly risking life and limb to get her back. With the help of James Brooke, the White Raj of Sarawak, a complete madman with no sense of danger, Flashy finds himself cowering from pirates in the then-unexplored East Indies to toadying his way up the the Malagassy cultural circles under the brutal Queen Ranavalona I. Meanwhile, Mrs. Flashman is none-the-wiser, thinking she's on a ...more
Richard Barnes
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another ripping yarn, with a healthy dose of satire thrown in....

Once again, much of the fun of a Flashman escapade is the depth of detail about the times that Flashman is roistering through. In this one we get early Victorian cricket, steamy colonial Singapore, pirate-ridden Borneo and the wild, bloodthirsty lands of Madagascar.

And once again, Flash hits them for six and keeps the English end up (in so many ways) and manages to weasel his cowardly way towards his own legendary hero status.

God s
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Beverly Riehm
Aug 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I skimmed this book for the information on Madagascar.
Paul
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Series - not for the easily offended.
Colleen
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fiction
One of my favorites of this series--written 6th, but 2nd chronologically (though except for maybe starting with the first book, I don't think it's really that necessary to read them in order--Flashman is good about filling in back information). I love the messed up relationship between Flash & Elspeth--both of them horrible people, but so perfect for each other.

Flashman as we know is a man with many flaws--and with 3 virtues which are mentioned in each book. He is remarkably talented in hor
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Ardee-El
I can__t help but think of the old saying, Better to be lucky than good, when reading a Flashman novel. Good in that context is usually taken to mean Good at something, such as a lucky general rather than a superior general. In Flashy__s case good can taken to mean its other definition, of decent and upright. For all the fixes Flashman finds himself in, even the frankly self-destructive behavior he indulges in, he always survives, usually for the better, through providence. If he were a real per ...more
Myfanwy
Another entry into the great Flashman series which explores one ne'er do well's glorious career through all the disasters of the 19th century.

Unfortunately this story (the third chronologically, but the sixth published) revolves around pirates in Borneo and tyrants in Madagascar which just don't have the same cache as Custer's Last Stand or the British retreat from Afghanistan. Nonetheless, it won't stop me from picking up the next in the series.
Philip
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another corking adventure with our anti-hero, this time at home and in the far east.

I hate cricket, being the most boring game ever devised, but this just adds to the authentic feel of the period. Must check some of those names that Flashman throws out every now and then, to see if they were real or just made up.

You just never know who will pop up next.

Boys own adventures for adults.

I tell you what, it's a breath of fresh air to hear all those non-PC words and attitudes being spouted by Flashma
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Tom Owens
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5

The ongoing adventures of the titular Harry Flashman (him of Tom Brown’s School Days fame) see him take on Bornean pirates, an unhinged monarch and more than a tricky googly or two.

What starts as a relatively sedate game of cricket at Lord’s quickly turns into a race against time as his beloved Elspeth falls under the control of the deadly pirate Sulieman Usman. Teaming up with the renowned (and real-life historical) pirate-hunter James Brooke, Flashman determines to
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David
Flashman's Lady, by George MacDonald Fraser, [book 6 in the Flashman series] is for the most part a great romp. If you are a reader from one of the many cricket loving nations then the whole book will be enjoyable. However, for those readers who do not love or understand the fascination with cricket the first part of the book may seem incomprehensible and, occasionally, tedious.

Not to worry, once Flashy has taken to the high-seas with his ditzy wife and dour father-in-law in tow the adventure p
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Ensiform
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, historical
Flashy --- after, incidentally, pulling a hat trick on the three most celebrated cricketers of his time --- accepts a “friendly” wager in a single-wicket match against Don Solomon, a half-breed Etonian socialite. The tie score results in he and Elspeth accompanying Solomon on a cruise to the Far East, where Solomon’s true colors are revealed, and he absconds with Elspeth. Flashman must fight, however unwillingly, to get her back --- until they both end up in the hands of the bloodthirsty queen o ...more
Michele
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a relief after the appalling horror of Flashman in the Great Game! Beautiful but feather-brained Elspeth, wife of the unquenchable Harry Flashman, is kidnapped by Malay pirates and ravished off to Borneo and Madagascar. Flash (reluctantly) goes to her rescue, dragged along in the wake of James Brooke, White Raja of Sarawak, and his motley crew. Along the way he manages to survive at least three battles with pirates and becomes a sex slave to Queen Ranavalona who boils people alive for fun ( ...more
Jeff
Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
History's most incourigible scoundrel rides again! Flashman's Lady finds our Flashy in trouble of his own making once more, dodging robbers in back alleys (for the initiated, I need not explain why he was there in the first place), unheroically battling Malaysian pirates, and in the middle of Madagascar's Queen Ranavalona's hellish twilight zone of 19th century genocide. "Hell and damnation!" and his introduction to the queen had me laughing out loud. This is the way history should be consumed. ...more
Philip
Thank goodness I'd already read the original Flashman so I knew what was coming, or else I might have given up on this early on. The first 80 pages are all about cricket, which may be fascinating to a Brit, but to an American was like reading a foreign (and boring) language. However, I knew enough about Flashy to keep reading, and it was well worth it. What followed were two great - if disjointed - stories of Flashman in Singapore/Borneo and then a totally bizarre Madagascar that reads like a mi ...more
Olethros
-Nuevas aventuras de un antihéroe gracioso y ahora con una esposa a su altura.-

Género. Novela (y en cierto modo, hasta novela histórica a veces).

Lo que nos cuenta. Publicación del manuscrito de importancia histórica que trae luz a un hueco en las aventuras de Flashmanentre su encuentro con Bismarck en Londres y su participación en el asunto de Schleswig-Holstein, que según algunos expertos ha sido manipulado por la suegra de Flashman pero quizás sólo para eliminar sus juramentos y palabras mals
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Olethros
-Nuevas aventuras de un antihéroe gracioso y ahora con una esposa a su altura.-

Género. Novela (y en cierto modo, hasta novela histórica a veces).

Lo que nos cuenta. Publicación del manuscrito de importancia histórica que trae luz a un hueco en las aventuras de Flashmanentre su encuentro con Bismarck en Londres y su participación en el asunto de Schleswig-Holstein, que según algunos expertos ha sido manipulado por la suegra de Flashman pero quizás sólo para eliminar sus juramentos y palabras mals
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Max
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continuing his satirical chronicle of the decline of the British Empire, Flashman is used again as a metaphor for the British attitude towards all people dark and exotic. Flashman's comely white wife is abducted and sailed away into dark, devilish Madagascar and through a terror of events Flashman finds himself servicing the tyrannical queen, avoiding mutilation and death, and trying to save his wife from a similar fate. Fraser heaps on the irony with a shovel here, using Flashman as his reporte ...more
Ian Mapp
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, humour
GMF manages to make Cricket interesting. Does this make him the greatest author in the world? I think it probably does.

Flashman always has an innocent prelude to his adventures and this one starts with a game of cricket, where he bowls three out in a row and invents the Hat-Trick.

He meets a civilised pirate who takes his wife and father in law on a cruise. Flashman's lady is Elspeth, who joins him for the first time on and adventure and even gets her own "papers" at the end of each chapter.

We in
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Robert Stewart
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series I've read. In my review of the first book, I noted that the most difficult task the author sets himself is that Flashman is both a lazy, shameless coward and a great adventurer. We learn he is not just a great horseman and cricket player, but also an expert fencer with a natural gift for languages. And that there are times when it's difficult to remember the hero is a lazy, shameless coward.

In the first book, Flashman manages some notable betrayals, and sho
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Muthuprakash Ravindran
Second of the series (chronologically) though written sixth. Starts with an elaborate description of a Cricket match at Lord's and picks up from there. There are bookies threatening Flashman with ruin and he escapes to Singapore and escapes the killers only to see Elsbeth kidnapped by the pirates of Borneo. Forced into the rescue by the White Rajah of Sarawak, he ends up in Madagascar ruled by a ruthless queen Ranavalona.
There are some moments of absolute chicanery by H. and places he feels bad
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Gail Gauthier
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Flashman book I've read, and I can imagine it becoming a guilty pleasure. As other readers have noted, this book starts slow because of all the cricket. You've got to really get hooked quickly by the Flashman character. Also, pay attention to the footnotes. It appears that many of the secondary characters, no matter how bizarre, are real historical figures.

The Flashman books are supposed to be the memoirs of one Harry Flashman, a pretty appalling nineteenth century British sold
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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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