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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (4 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006512992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006512998
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of the famous 'Flashman Papers' and the 'Private McAuslan' stories, George MacDonald Fraser has worked on newspapers in Britain and Canada. In addition to his novels he has also written numerous films, most notably 'The Three Musketeers', 'The Four Musketeers', and the James Bond film, 'Octopussy'. George Macdonald Fraser died in January 2008 at the age of 82.

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'The Flashman Papers do what all great sagas do – winning new admirers along the way but never, ever betraying old ones. It is an immense achievement.' Sunday Telegraph

‘Not so much a march as a full-blooded charge, fortified by the usual lashings of salty sex, meticulously choreographed battle scenes and hilariously spineless acts of self preservation by Flashman.’ Sunday Times

‘Not only are the Flashman books extremely funny, but they give meticulous care to authenticity. You can, between the guffaws, learn from them.’ Washington Post

‘A first-rate historical novelist’ Kingsley Amis

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What caused the Indian Mutiny? The greased cartridge, religious fanaticism, political blundering, yes – but one hitherto unsuspected factor is now revealed in the furtive figure which fled across the Indian scene in 1857 with such frantic haste: Flashman. For Flashman, plumbing new depths of anxious knavery in his role as secret agent extraordinary, saw for more of the Great Mutiny than he wanted to. How he survived his adventures and inevitable flights from Thugs and Tsarist agents, Eastern beauties and Cabinet ministers and kept his skin intact is a mystery as remarkable as 'The Flashman Papers' themselves. Their latest chapter sees him passing through his most harrowing ordeal to his supreme triumph, with Courage, Duty and honour toiling dispiritedly in his wake.

‘He is as unfair as Lytton Strachey, considerably better informed, and much more hilarious’
C.P. SNOW, 'Financial Times'


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andy (aaamack@omantel.net.om) on 18 Nov 2001
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Another rip-roaring adventure from the British Army's most noble cad. This adventure sees our reluctant hero caught up in the events surrounding the Indian Mutiny of 1857-58.
In a conflict notable for the sheer barbarism surrounding many of its shocking events, Flashy is at liberty to display his most dubious qualities of fear, funk, bluff and deceit. As a master of disguise (sometimes masquerading as a British officer) and armed with his consistent luck (Flashy would say bad luck) and his unfailing charm, he develops the uncanny ability to be present at almost every major event that made up the Indian Mutiny.
Whether its witnessing the first sparks of rebellion at Meerut, taking part in the ultimately horrific Siege of Cawnpore or risking his life to get a message from Lucknow to Campbell's relieving force (if this wasn't how it happened, it should have been), Flashy is there with his bowels in spasm and his innards
dissolving.
He manages too to meet a veritable 'Whos Who' of Victorian notables. Apart from the usual gang of Queen Victoria (Vicky), Prince Albert, Lord Palmerston (Pam), William Howard Russell and Lord Cardigan (Jim the Bear), our erstwhile warrior rubs shoulders with most of the notables of the Indian Mutiny, on both sides. On the British side he meets Sir Colin Campbell, General Wheeler, Johnny Nicholson, Major Vibart, Henry Kavanaugh, Sir James Outram, Lord Canning and Sir Hugh Rose, whilst on the rebel side he meets Nana Sahib. If you care to read about the true events surrounding the Indian Mutiny you will see these names figure prominently. History alas, was not so kind to our trembling friend Flashy.
Whilst enabling Flashman to display his usual cowardly, selfish and licentious side this conflict does enable us to glimpse a different side to Flashy too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Simon Hale on 11 April 2007
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I have to confess that I am a real Flashman fan, I have read many and am never ever disappointed by the writing of George McDonald Fraser.

The Flashman books follow the military career of Harry Flashman (the same Flashman as the bully in Tom Browns School Days), and follow his cowardly womanising exploits as he attempts to run away from military campaign after military campaign with the most hilarious results.

The Great Game is maybe the 5th book in the series and follows Flashman across India detailing his involvement and observations during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.

All the Flashman books are extremely funny and at the same time histrically accurate with the Flashman character fitting nicely into historical events. I learnt more about this unfortunate period in history from this book than 3 years of a history degree, which seemed to involve more drinking than study.

If you are familiar with Flashman you will find that the Great Game is extremely humorous, but the humour and womanising is finely balanced and helps to raise the mood as the horrific events of the rebellion are laid down in a very graphic way before you.

This book is absolutely impelling, not only the best read in the series so far, but most definately the best book I have read for a long long time. My imagination ran wild from the start of the book to the end. Harry Flashman is simply the greatest Anti Hero ever created. As you read this book you know that really you shouldn't like Flashman, you know that he is a bully and a cheat and you know that if he was real he would be the man who desperately tries to sleep with you wife. But it is absolutely impossible not to find yourself willing him on, and dare I say it even liking him.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough and even found myself Googleing many of the characters,(all of whom you will find existed)so carried away with story I actually got.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Feb 2007
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I have been reading Flashman-novels off and on for some years now, and have re-read several, but this was one of the volumes I hadn't gotten around to yet, and I must say I'm mightily glad I finally did.

Flashman is his usual cowardly self, but despite his best efforts to evade danger he manages to get into the worst scrapes of the Indian Mutiny (1857-58). As ever rarely a page goes by that will not have you in stitches, but - perhaps more so than in other volumes of the series - there is also a real streak of empathy and pity here for the atrocities committed (by both sides, that is).

Are there no women then in this novel? Rest assured, Flashman womanizes galore, he's even ordered to do so by his senior commanders, which makes him coin the immortal (para)phrase 'Dulce et decorum est pro patria rogeri'... who am I to disagree?

I enjoyed this book immensily, and simply cannot wait to get started on 'Flashman and the Angel of the Lord'!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2003
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There is one thing I want to add about this book, which is as wonderful as all of Mr. MacDonald Fraser's Flashman books, and that is the amazing description of Flashy's escape from Cawnpore and the ensuing ride down river, the temple siege, the crocodiles, etc. MacDonald Fraser's account of this breathtaking escape, which would be too outlandish for a Hollywood script but is apparently true, is permanently burned in my memory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Jan 2008
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Recently read the entire series, actually devoured is probably a better word. Undoubtedly the funniest books ive ever read. The anti-hero Flashman is a character you will learn to love, and despite his vile character, he is my favourite that ive come across. The author GMF sadly passed away yesterday, 2/1/2008, news of which depressed me greatly. He will be sadly missed by all of his readers.
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