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4.4 out of 5 stars
Flashman's Lady (The Flashman Papers)
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on 1 March 2015
I really struggled to put down this book. It's another hilarious instalment of the Flashman books with Flashy himself lying, scheming and seducing his way through an adventure he'd really rather not be a part of.

Of course it has the usual George Macdonald Fraser problem of caring nothing for political correctness, and with Flashy travelling to both Singapore and Madagascar there is quite the spectrum of racist language. However, it is to me entirely justified by the historical context and Flashman's character, and never feels as if it is used with more venom or flippancy than necessary.

The historical context itself really is fascinating. The Imperial aspect of Victorian-age Britain never quite seems to get the attention it deserves (at least here in Britain) and if you knew Victorian history at school as being one long tide of misery and despair as children starved or were crippled in factories the Flashman series will show you an entirely different perspective. Fraser has (well, had) a real knack for immersing you in history without boring you with it, and by the end of the novel I did find myself wanting to know more about Queen Ranavalona, James Brooke and the rest of the real-life characters. The only thing I wanted to read more was the next Flashman book, which I bought immediately after.
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on 24 October 2011
George MacDonald Fraser manages to keep the humour and interest going. The Flashman series should be mandatory reading for all English History students from A-level upwards. The historical content is superb and the series looks at all the important aspects of the Victorian Empire. There may be tongue in cheek a lot of the time but there is also a lot of understanding and perception as well. This episode in the Flashman Papers deals with the fascinating topics of early English cricket, James Brooke and the Sarawak pirates, and the evil reign of Queen Ranavalona I in Madagascar. Our hardly noble anti-hero stumbles his way out of one frying-pan into another... I bet the real history wasn't much different.
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on 9 January 2018
Cracking author and book, love Flashy the cad
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on 10 March 2016
What can i say? I am a huge MacDonald Frase fan and it is convenient for me to have his books on Kindle, even if it means buying them for a second time. I bought Flashman's Lady specifically because by contrast to some of the other Flashman books it is one of the ones I have reread least often
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on 5 March 2001
Although this is the 6th volumn of the Flashman Papers, it should be read after Vol 1 in strict chronological order as it fills a gap in Flashmans memoirs. This book bridges the return of Flashman from Afgahnistan and his escapades in Royal Flash. Although readers may not agree with Flashmans sentiments, like me they may find the lack of Political Correctness refreshing. Written in the style and expression of the early nineteenth century, Fraser adds to the air of authenticity with the usual genuine historical notes. This book isn't the type that will have you laughing out loud as you read but it will make you smile as "Flash" continues his anti-heroic romp through the Victorian age.
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on 12 March 2016
Written in the same vein as earlier books in the chronological sequence, it's a fun book to read & we know the outcome, but it's highly entertaining being there for the ride.
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on 18 April 2018
Excellent book in fact now have the full set
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on 10 September 2013
Always been a fan of Flashman since he first popped up in Tom Brown school days. A bully a cad and somehow manages to bluster his way through many historical battles and major events in history in many countries, every one must know someone like this in their everyday life, always comes up smelling or Roses however despicable he acts.
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on 24 July 2016
Good tale interweaving fact and fiction. One of the delights of the Flashman novels is the chance to stumble on parts of history mostly forgotten by everyone else. The complete lack of political correctness is at times shocking but can be forgiven as the language of the day.
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on 22 June 2015
I first read this book decades ago and read it anew when it was on offer in the kindle store. A classic Flashman romp and in no way politically correct. Perfect holiday reading though probably not if you are going to Borneo
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