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‘It’s great fun and rings true: a Highland Fling of a book’
‘Twenty-five years have not dimmed Mr Fraser’s recollections of those hectic days of soldiering. One takes leave of his characters with real and grateful regret’
Sir Bernard Fergusson, Sunday Times
About the Author
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 numeous 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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A most interesting and entertaining read about army life at the end of WWII. The publisher states that this is a work of fiction but I have my doubts. It is more a compilation of 'deeds of others ' credited to one man. Each reader will be able to identify someone they know from the antics recorded. 'Only the names have been changed to protect...... etc. etc. Most enjoyable.
Private McAuslan is merely the tip of an iceberg as far as well-drawn and memorable characters are concerned, with a parade of dandyish officers, resolute NCOs and character-filled 'other ranks' making these stories a joy to read and re-read, and, ohhh, the quality of English writing.. they ought to make students read this to see how it's done.
The version mailed to me doesn't have the same (highly appropriate) cover as illustrated, having instead a totally inappropriate depiction of Macauslan as a tough, bearded, rifle-toting, bush hat wearing Aussie. Why? I can only guess that the artist failed to read the actual book... but that's a quibble, really - this is excellent, solid stuff...
The humour is genuinely funny and light hearted and there is a keen appreciation of human nature evident in the writing.
A real pleasure to read. If only there was more.