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Flashman and the Tiger: And Other Extracts from the Flashman Papers (The Flashman Papers, Book 12) Paperback – 16 Oct 2000

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (16 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006513670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006513674
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,311 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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It's almost a century and a half since Harry Flashman first sprang into the nation's consciousness, stealing the show in Thomas Hughes' Tom Brown's Schooldays. From the outset, he was clearly the most valuable man in the book--in his dashing ruthlessness, definitely sexier than that simpering Tom--and it was clear to everyone that he would go on to great things--a glittering military career and the Victoria Cross, no less. Thank goodness that the great man saw fit to pen his memoirs before his death in 1915. We owe a debt of gratitude to George MacDonald Fraser, to whom the papers were entrusted after they appeared in a tea-chest in 1966, for his quite remarkable devotion to their conscientious editing.

Flashman and the Tiger, the latest gleanings from the manuscript treasures, comprises three gems. The longest by far is a novella entitled "The Road to Charing Cross" (1878 and 1883-4), in which Harry helps out a "human ferret", Times correspondent Henri Blowitz, to get a remarkable scoop at the Congress of Berlin, only to find himself rewarded by a nasty encounter with Bismarck. In "The Subtleties of Baccarat" (1890 and 1891), Harry helps Bertie the Bounder (that's the future Edward VII to you) deal with a case of suspected "stake-padding" by a senior military man; while in "Flashman the Tiger" (1879 and 1894) our hero is "in Zulu country" on the path of "Tiger" Jack Moran (thanks to Fraser's fastidious endnotes, properly identified as an assassin in the employ of Sherlock Holmes's nemesis, Moriarty.)

It's all tremendous stuff. Flashman devotees will be heartened to hear that their hero has lost none of his bluster, wit and fire, but these later memoirs do hint at the possible twinges of age. As he observes sadly, "You think twice about committing murder when you're over seventy." --Alan Stewart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
'Flashman and the Tiger' actually contains three stories:

In 'The road to Charing Cross' (some 200 pages) Flashman meets the son of his old chum Rudi Starnberg (from 'Royal Flash') and is coerced into a cunning plot to assasinate the Emperor Franz-Jozef. 'The subleties of baccarat' (60 pages) has very little action but centers on a card game in which one of the participants cheated...or did he? There's a nice twist at the end with a starring role for Elspeth. And finally, in 'Flashman and the Tiger' (45 pages) our unlikely hero has to confront the (in)famous Jack 'Tiger' Moran.

Flashman himself is his usual cowardly self, and fires off one-liners that'll have you laughing no end, but I agree with earlier reviewers that this is perhaps one of the lesser Flashman-novels. Some characters (think of Sherlock Holmes) seem to thrive best in short stories, I find that Flashman doesn't.

However, I cannot help but repeat (ad nauseam, if I look at my reviews of other Flashman-novels) that this is still prime entertainment, and even if I live to Flashman's own ripe age (allegedly he died when he was over 90 years old) I will always remember him, galloping away - and not always on horseback, mind you - to boldly go where no poltroon has gone before!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD
For a long time people had expounded the brilliance of the flashman and the books are damn fine to read, i don't think it needs me or anyone else to write a review saying about the high quality of the writing and characters... but for me the real brilliance comes to the fore when the book is read by the likes of Rupert Penry-Jones or Toby Stephens or Jonathan Keeble.
I love to listen to the Flashman books on audio format when im on holiday, the only issue i have is to make sure i dont start talking like a Victorian cad whilst going to the bar to get a drink.

If you love the books and have not tried the audio format yet do so, i promise you its a whole new way to experience the world of Flashman, and if you are new to the Man...go on..you will love him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pete melvets on 12 Jan. 2013
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I love Flashman and I read the books over and over again including this one. The first story which is about a plot to kill the Austro-Hungarian Emperor is vintage stuff - a cracking read, well referenced as usual, and (as usual) a history lesson in itself, with Flashy as his perfidious best and the (as usual) wonderful pen portraits of historical personages. After a wonderful swordfight (which conjures up visions of Rathbone, Flynn, Power etc), it unfortunately loses steam and wonders off into an interminable and needless orgy in Vienna which, quite frankly, is superfluous to the book's requirements. Apart from that, great stuff. He departs from his usual formula in the second tale, 'The Subtleties of Baccarat': There are no sword fights, hair raising escapes, mountains of gnashing corpses, voluptuous temptresses, and all the other elements of a typical Flashman chronicle. Again it's based on a real event, a card scandal in an aristocratic house, and the social ruin of one of the elite, where Lady Flashman plays a leading role. Different but great.
The third story is a peach and I can't fault any of it, from the carnage of Ishandlwhana, complete with a breakneck escape and some sharpshooting worthy of a Spaghetti Western, to the end when a senile Flashy inserts himself into a Sherlock Holmes story and then finds his beloved great-granddaughter is a chip off the old block, steeped in the same wickedness as himself.
Everyone should read Flashman and it should be compulsory at school!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed in this book. After waiting 5 years since the last one and expecting a comprehensive account of the victorian scoundrel's shirking at Rorke's drift and Islandawanha imagine my disappointment to find that not only is that episode in the shortest of the three stories in this book but the Zulu campaign is dealt with very briefly, covering less than 10 pages, the rest of it being taken up with an encounter with characters from another victorian series. This is all very clever but not what I'd expected and not very interesting.
The main story is set in the 1880's and deals with a European crisis, drawing on elements from Royal Flash, interesting enough but not good enough for the first Flashman book for 5 years. Overall, I'd expected better. Maybe I'll get something better in another 5 years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 1 July 2015
Format: Paperback
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'Flashman and the Tiger'; consists of a novella and two short stories. The shorts, which involve an infamous baccarat scandal that touched the Prince of Wales, and the unexpected fallout from the Rorke Drift military disaster are a definite improvement over the novella, which treats an assassination attempt of Emperor Franz Josef in the 1880's.

The novella occupies roughly two-thirds of the book and wanders along aimlessly. If you are unfamiliar with Flashman and especially the Royal Flash (Flashman) you are likely to be more confused than amused.

Fraser is not at his best here. Recommended only for established Flashman fans. If you are new to to Harry Flashman, best start in the beginning, Flashman: A Novel (Flashman).
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