Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: anitheroes unappealing/dull?

From: M Blumenthal (
Date: 29 Apr 2002

Ray Skirsky:
> >> One of the greatest anti-heroes is that great Victorian soldier, hero,
> lecher, and, above all, coward, Harry Flashman. Though he ain't
> hard-boiled, he's a must read for all fans of military history. I
> him highly. A new Flashman novel is a cause for celebration in my world.
> Sort of like the appearance of a new Travis McGee a few decades ago.

> P.S. The history in the books is painstakingly accurate, enough so that
> one was once on a recommended reading list in a college history
> class that I took (Flashman and the Great Game). The author, Geo.
> MacDonald Fraser, is a professional historian, whose real history
> writing is insufferingly dull. These books are anything but.
Fraser also wrote, The General Danced at Dawn, which are fictionalized memoirs of his service in World War II. They are mildly amusing. I agree in the recommendation for the Flashman series. BTW, Harry Flashman was the bully in Tom Brown's School Days. Mark

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