- Audio CD: 5 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Abridged edition edition (18 Feb. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007266545
- ISBN-13: 978-0007266548
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.4 x 12.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,015,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘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
From the Back Cover
“When all other trusts fail, turn to Flashman”
Unfortunately, in China in 1860, a lot of people did: the English vicar’s daughter with her cargo of opium; Lord Elgin in search of an intelligence chief; the Emperor’s ravishing concubine, seeking a champion in her struggles for power; and Szu-Zhan, the female bandit colossus, as practised in the arts of love as in the arts of war.
They were not to know that behind his Victoria Cross, Flash Harry was a base coward and a charlatan. They took him at face value. And he took them, for all he could, while China seethed through the bloodiest civil war in history and the British and French armies hacked their way to the heart of the Forbidden City…--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Clearly a promising setting for Flashman, who by now has achieved fame and a Colonel's rank thanks to his earlier exploits - Afghanistan, the Anglo-Sikh war, the Crimea, the Sepoy Mutiny and some smaller adventures in Africa, America and Southeast Asia. In my view, this is another really interesting, entertaining addition to the series, mixing coarse humor with mightily interesting insights in 19th century history. The series, unwittingly I am sure, sheds some light on the fashionable pastime of criticizing 'The Empire'. While nobody in their right mind would think that the Opium wars, let alone the burning of the Summer palace, were justifiable, there is a subtlety. The Taiping rebellion, a purely indigenous phenomenon, cost more casualties than World War 1. Needless to say, this dwarfs all the casualties from Western transgressions. This particular rebellion was actually stopped, finally, largely thanks to Western aid (the 'Ever Victorious Army' - lead amongst others by Gordon of Khartoum fame). Two wrongs do not make one right. Still, people should consider other contemporary evils, when whining about Imperialism.
Back to the book: certainly a recommendation, entertaining as well as educational.
"Flashman and the Dragon" is Flashman's China adventure covering the Taiping Rebellion (the greatest loss of life in any civil war and - I believe - second only to the Second World War) and the Second China (or Opium) War. The tale is hilarious at times but it is also quite enlightening about a moment in history I doubt many of us are aware of.
The British Empire was created by men who really did have stiff upper lips and ramrod straight backs and we see their self-confidence and courage matched against a different, just as arrogant, culture. In a tale where the British and French are pulled (almost unwillingly) into a war in order to ensure Chinese adherence to existing trade agreements and where the Chinese actually do see themselves as the centre of the world where everyone (except themselves) is a barbarian only fit to be treated as a slave, casual heroism abounds.
Through the maelstrom sails Flashman, bravely trying to avoid any situation in which he might put his life at risk and exploiting any misunderstanding that places him in a heroic light. We see him at his worst - and at his best... and we learn so much about this far-off time and place that still has resonance today.
The whole book asks serious questions about what constitutes civilised behaviour and about the crimes committed by the powerful... and what might be a suitable means of punishment for those crimes. China still looks back at the form of punishment meted out.
... and the ending! How lovely - only Flashman!
Highly recommended, and if you liked any of the other Flashman's you will be safe buying this book
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.
Flashman at the Dragon is as well-researched and beautifully constructed as always. Many of the Flashman novels cover well known events in the history of the British Empire (the Charge of the Light Brigade, Rorke's Drift, the retreat from Kabul, the Indian Mutiny etc.) and these are always illuminating. Oddly though it is often when he is dramatizing periods and people that are less familiar, such as here, that MacDonald Fraser it at his most engaging. A quick piece of advice of anyone new to Flashman. Read them in chronological rather than published order. That way you can happily follow Flashy from irascible young officer to curmudgeonly old General.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As usual with MacDonald Fraser's stories, and entertaining romp leads to one learning a lot of fascinating history. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard Byrne