Flashman and the Dragon

Flashman and the Dragon

George MacDonald Fraser / Oct 20, 2019

Flashman and the Dragon Harry Flashman the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown s schooldays now with a Victoria Cross has three main talents horsemanship facility with foreign languages and fornication A reluctant military her

  • Title: Flashman and the Dragon
  • Author: George MacDonald Fraser
  • ISBN: 9780006513032
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • Harry Flashman the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown s schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents horsemanship, facility with foreign languages and fornication A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all.

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      • George MacDonald Fraser

        He is best known for his Flashman series of historical novels, purportedly written by Harry Flashman, a fictional coward and bully originally created by Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown s School Days The novels are presented as packets of memoirs written by the nonagenarian Flashman, who looks back on his days as a hero of the British Army during the 19th century The series begins with Flashman, and is notable for the accuracy of the historical settings and praise from critics P.G Wodehouse said of Flashman, If ever there was a time when I felt that watcher of the skies when a new planet stuff, it was when I read the first Flashman.


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    1. As much as I love this series, I have to admit that by book 8, The Flashman Papers have settled down into a very comfortable formula: Flashy agrees to join an adventure in some exotic corner of the globe, the adventure turns out to be something other than what it first appeared (usually due to treachery), Flashy is taken prisoner, Flashy is assisted by some exotic woman with an enormous carnal appetite, Flashy falls out with the woman because one betrays the other, and finally Flashy is rescued [...]


    2. Yippee.Don't you just love it when you expect to enjoy a book - and you do.I laughed until I all but wet my pants.Go on. You know you want to.


    3. The first half of the book dragged for me, it was the same story all over again, which is one of the joys of the series, but this time seemed pedantic. But man, that ending the last third of the book I couldn't set it down and was cheering for our unscrupulous hero!


    4. In this entry, Flashy finds himself in Hong Kong (and already knowing Chinese, for some reason) — and quickly is tricked into running guns, meets Frederick Townsend Ward, is sent to parley with the Taipings, is captured by the Imperials, and is present at the burning of the Summer Palace. Not bad for not quite a year’s work, eh?All the praise I showered on this book when I first read it, not to mention the praise for the other volumes recently, goes here as well. Erudite, bawdy, witty and hi [...]


    5. The more I read the Flashman series the more impressed I get and the more I wonder at the fact that George MacDonald Fraser didn’t get a knighthood and an honorary degree for services to the understanding of English History during the Victorian Era. The man’s a genius!“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 [...]


    6. Once again the Flashman finds himself caught in the Victorian Imperial policies, this time in China. In the tail end Taiping Rebellion Harry Flashman is hoodwinked into the rebel camp by the lure of fast money in the opium trade. This was an audio listening experience, so it should be worth mentioning the greatness of the narrator, David Case, who is the perfect voice for the Flashman.


    7. Everyone needs to read at least one (FLASHMAN is my recommendation for a single dip into the papers). But it's one long, riotous, bawdy, exciting and deeply educational novel. Trying to keep track of the Chinese geography that's covered here makes one's head spin and costs it a star--Fraser almost NEVER lets plotting get in the way of the fun. Still's wonderful like the rest!


    8. This is the eighth of the twelve books about mid-nineteenth-century British military conquests. Many of the historically important events and battles that helped form the British empire are recounted throughout the series by their principal character, Harry Flashman, who was present at them all. So, for example, if you've always wanted to know what the charge of the light brigade refers to, just find the correct volume and have a good read. (It's number 4 in the series.)The plots are too silly t [...]


    9. Originally published on my blog here in October 1999.The eighth Flashman novel follows on from the sixth, and deals with the complex situation in China in 1860. In the middle of a civil war which still amounts to one of the most bloodthirsty campaigns in military history (the Taiping Rebellion - only the Second World War had more casualties), the British undertook a major military expedition to escort Lord Elgin to Beijing (then known as Pekin) in safety, there to force the Chinese Emperor to ra [...]


    10. Flashy is back and this time in China. What is fascinating about the Flashman series , repeating my thoughts from elsewhere, is that it uniquely combines a history lesson with absolute adventure, which is not something many writers can pull off. And GM Fraser does it again and again. Here, Flashy appears in Hongkong, agrees to do some opium trading, which was all the rage at the time, for quick money, lands himself in the middle of the Taiping rebellion. Through Flashy's eyes, we see the absolut [...]


    11. Hmmm, something of a mixed read in this, the eighth outing of our dastardly hero.Oh, don't get me wrong the story contains the usual breathless adventures and sexcapades we've come to expect from Flashy. GMF's historical research is, as ever, top notch and the humour never lets up (there is a sword fight at the end that Harry narrates whilst also taking part in that had me fairly slapping my thigh) but at the same time I couldn't shake the feeling the author was painting by numbers. The location [...]


    12. This chapter in Flashy's life revolves around the second opium war, and as usual he finds himself in hot water because he can't keep away from women. But that's OK, it's why we love the rascal!This follows GMF's very entertaining formula of a supposed coward who's actually no more so than any of us, who seems to be on hand at history's momentous occasions, and gives a very funny, very un-PC opinion on things, as well as historical figures. A very good story, this one, but only three stars this t [...]


    13. You'd think "routine" is the last word you could apply to Flashman, but Dragon qualifies. One imagines Fraser running through a checklist: momentous historical event (China’s Taiping Rebellion), lots of eccentric, real-life personages (including Yankee freebooter Frederick Thompson Ward), exotic beauties and plenty of violence, torture and exotica. But somewhere between the 10th pirate skirmish, 60th description of the Summer Palace and Flashy's 800th coupling with Empress Cixi your mind start [...]


    14. This was a very random buy from Hong Kong, I think. It was extremely British, and at times, rather offensive/racist/sexist. On the plus side, I discovered I actually do have some form of pride for my ethnicity despite being Malaysian and confirmed Anglophile.So, yeah. It was okay. Funny at times, but unfunny at others. And probably someone will call me out for being too "sensitive". *shrug*


    15. [image error]For the sake of 100% disclosure, I've read the entire Flashman series before, some of them two or three times, including this novel. However, I haven't visited anything by George Macdonald Fraser in the last decade (except Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II about five years ago). So reading Flashman and the Dragon was neither a new experience nor an unwelcome one. I haven't reviewed ANY of George MacDonald Fraser's work on prior to this, however, and I think [...]


    16. As many other reviewers also noticed, Macdonald Fraser has settled into a comfortable pattern when it comes to Flashman’s adventures. The thing is, it’s still a hugely enjoyable read! The language is spot on and brilliant, the research is impeccable, and Flashman is as dastadly as ever. As usual I get introduced to marvelously interesting historical characters, I get detailed knowledge of real historical events, and I get hours of entertainment.Only one thing made me stop for a while. All of [...]


    17. Flashman, hoping to make a quick buck and free run at a minister's wife, agrees to act as an interpreter on an opium trading ship bound Nanking. Instead, he winds up on a diplomatic mission to the insane Taiping Heavenly King, prisoner of a brutal warlord, and personal male concubine to the most powerful woman in Imperial China. Yet another riotously history lesson from George MacDonald Frasier.


    18. Flashman and the Dragon captures once again the essence of our 'hero'. Often amusing but at times horific, it was a treat to discover more about Flashmans adventures. I found the historical content particularly interesting as I know very little about China and its politics in Victorian times.A good and recommended read.


    19. This has taught me so much about the Taiping Civil War, the Opium Wars and European motivations, and the Qing Dynasty, especially the Emperor's Summer Palace. The Lingchi sounds horrific. Flashman beds famous female historical figures once more.


    20. Not my favorite Flash book, but still fun and informative. This time our pusillanimous hero finds himself in China during the Taiping Rebellion.



    21. All the usual Flashman features, though with, perhaps, the most self-serving, repulsive thing he has ever done (Nolan). I always enjoy the scholarly apparatus that accompanies each volume.




    22. Rake, prevaricator, opportunist – Harry Flashman (now Sir Harry, decorated with the Victoria Cross and holding the rank of Colonel), could not hold our regard so completely in any other era than the Victorian. As readers we have been primed. Kipling's bluff Tommies, Gilbert and Sullivan's parodies of the ruling classes, and the cult of romantic heroism exemplified by the doomed Franklin expedition seeking the Northwest Passage come to mind. Against such a backdrop, Flashman's preoccupation wit [...]


    23. Another swashbuckling yarn, with everything coming up roses for Flash despite his complete and utter inability to do anything remotely noble or selfless. Among other things he engineers the execution of another soldier, grovels to the Emperor, is bestridden by the Emperor's concubine while tied to a table, and lies through his teeth to just about everyone (except when the truth makes him look better). Unusually, he also waxes poetic about something other than female flesh -- astonishing! -- in h [...]


    24. The 8th installment of The Flashman Papers takes Harry Flashman to China during the Taiping Rebellion and the Second Opium War [specifically 1860[. Flashman and the Dragon finds the eponymous hero dodging, weaving, cowering, lying, cheating, and finagling his way through China in an attempt to get back to England and Elspeth [his philandering wifeybe]. After a while the Flashman books begin to blend one into another. Essentially this is because they are all, pretty much, the same book. To be sur [...]


    25. I probably would have gotten a lot more out of this book if I knew the history of 19th century Britain better. Flashman is a legendary hero in the British army and this book describes his 'poltritude' and heroism in the face of Taiping religious fanatics planning a rebellion, the Chinese Imperial court, and of course seducing women like 6'6" Szu-zhan (a bandit leader) and politically ruthless Yi Concubine (the Emperor's favorite). The tale starts out with him accidentally discovering he's shippi [...]


    26. Once more unto the breach with Flashy, the snivelling cowardly creep & national hero/witness to history. This time, he's trapped in China during the 1860 Opium war.The problem with this series is that Flashman gets less and less creepy as the books get on, and the history gets pushed more and more to the fore.(You can usually tell by the number of footnotes in the back). Not that the history isn't fascinating - Flashy goes headlong into the cuckoo-land of the Taiping Rebellion , when half th [...]


    27. While lounging in Hong Kong in 1860, Harry is conned into a smuggling operation to provide guns to the Taiping rebels, and is sent to Canton. His ship is caught by British patrols, but he manages to escape and come out no worse for wear. He's then sent to Shanghai and tasked with a mission to visit Nanking and convince the Taiping rebels to NOT attack Shanghai, for fear of starting a war with Britain. He succeeds in the mission and is eventually sent to be part of the British expedition to Pekin [...]


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