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George MacDonald Fraser (1925–2008)

Autor(a) de Flashman

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About the Author

Author George MacDonald Fraser was born April 2, 1925 in Carlisle. He was refused entrance to the medical faculty of Glasgow University, so he joined the army in 1943. He served as an infantryman with the 17th Indian Division of the XIVth Army in Burma, a lance corporal and was commissioned in the mostrar mais Gordon Highlanders. After the war, he became a sports reporter with the Carlisle Journal; and during this time, he met and married Kathleen Hetherington, a reporter from another paper. He worked as a reporter and sub-editor on the Cumberland News and then moved to Glasgow, in 1953, where he worked at the Glasgow Herald as a features editor and deputy editor. Fraser's first novel was "Flashman" (1969), which was followed by nine sequels, so far, that deal with different venues of the 19th century ranging from Russia, Borneo and China to the Great Plains of the America West. Some of the other titles in the Flashman Papers are "Royal Flash" (1970), "Flashman in the Great Game" (1975), "Flashman and the Redskins" (1982), and "Flashman and the Angel of the Lord" (1994). Some of his non-fiction work includes "The Steel Bonnets" (1971), which is a factual study of the Anglo-Scottish border thieves in the seventeenth century, and "Quartered Safe Out Here" (1992). Fraser has also written a number of screenplays that include "The Three Musketeers" (1973), "Royal Flash" (1975), "Octopussy" (1983), and "Return of the Musketeers" (1989). He has also written a series of short stories about Private McAuslan whose titles include "The General Danced at Dawn" (1970), "McAuslan in the Rough" (1974), and "The Sheik and the Dustbin and other McAuslan Stories" (1988). He died of cancer on January 2, 2008. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) 1. George MacDonald Fraser (CK info above) wrote Flashman.
2. George MacDonald (1824-1905) wrote At the Back of the North Wind.
George Milne Fraser is a separate author. Please do not combine.


Obras de George MacDonald Fraser

Flashman (1969) 2,669 cópias
Royal Flash (1970) 1,418 cópias
Flashman at the Charge (1973) 1,179 cópias
Flash for Freedom! (1971) 1,120 cópias
Flashman's Lady (1977) 1,110 cópias
Flashman in the Great Game (1975) 1,103 cópias
Flashman and the Redskins (1982) 956 cópias
Flashman and the Dragon (1985) 922 cópias
Flashman and the Tiger (1999) 838 cópias
Flashman on the March (2005) 810 cópias
Quartered Safe Out Here (1993) 607 cópias
The Pyrates (1983) 563 cópias
The Reavers (2007) 299 cópias
Mr. American (1980) 285 cópias
Black Ajax (1997) 271 cópias
The General Danced at Dawn (1970) 217 cópias
The Complete McAuslan (1970) 216 cópias
The Candlemass Road (1993) 187 cópias
McAuslan in the Rough (1974) 144 cópias
The Sheikh and the Dustbin (1988) 108 cópias
Lights on at Signpost (2002) 79 cópias
Captain in Calico (2015) 67 cópias
The Three Musketeers [1973 film] (1973) — Screenwriter — 55 cópias
Flashman / Royal Flash (1969) 29 cópias
World of the Public School (1977) 14 cópias
Royal Flash [1975 film] (2007) — Screenwriter — 10 cópias
The Return of the Musketeers [1989 film] (1989) — Screenwriter — 6 cópias
Flashman 6 cópias
Royal Flash II (1997) 3 cópias
A Quick Flashman (2005) 2 cópias
Levemand til hest 1 exemplar(es)
Crossed Swords 1 exemplar(es)
Flashman Set - 5 Books 1 exemplar(es)
FLASHMAN OMNIBUS 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of War (1999) — Contribuinte — 453 cópias
The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard (1910) — Introdução, algumas edições232 cópias
The White Company / Sir Nigel (1994) — Introdução, algumas edições89 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Sword and Honour (2000) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
A Feast of Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Contribuinte — 12 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Fraser, George MacDonald
Nome de batismo
Fraser, George MacDonald
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Carlisle, Cumbria, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Strang, Isle of Man
Locais de residência
Isle of Man
Carlisle, England, UK (birth)
The Glasgow Academy, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
soldier (British Army)
Fraser, Caro (daughter)
Hetherington, Kathleen (wife)
British Army (WWII)
Glasgow Herald
Officer, Order of the British Empire (1999)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (1998)
Pequena biografia
George MacDonald Fraser OBE FRSL (2 April 1925 – 2 January 2008) was a Scottish author who wrote historical novels, non-fiction books and several screenplays. He is best known for a series of works that featured the character Flashman.
Aviso de desambiguação
1. George MacDonald Fraser (CK info above) wrote Flashman.
2. George MacDonald (1824-1905) wrote At the Back of the North Wind.
George Milne Fraser is a separate author. Please do not combine.



George MacDonald Fraser em Legacy Libraries (Julho 2014)


First published in 1969, the humorous ripping yarn style story would surely never get published these days, which I found very refreshing. It's great to read a story unconstrained by modern political correctness. I found the storyline entertaining bit somewhat predictable and also found it hard to be very much concerned with the journey of the anti-hero who is unashamedly a liar, coward, cheat, misogynist, racist and imperialist! Another plus, is this historical fiction gives a good insight into the era and the events surrounding the first afghan war.
While this book is the first tin a 12 book series, I think one was all I will fi time to read.
… (mais)
Daniel_M_Oz | outras 65 resenhas | Feb 25, 2024 |
For starters, Harry Flashman is expelled from school as a drunken bully. After seducing his father's mistress, he begins a secret life that leads from the boudoirs and bordellos of Victorian England to the erotic frontiers of her exotic Empire. Along the way he lies, cheats, steals, fights fixed duels, betrays his country and proves a coward on the battlefield.

Let's face it: Flashman is not really a nice guy. He's a bully, a coward, a rapist, a racist and a drunk. His survival instinct means that he manages to get out of scrapes that can (and does) kill everyone around him. People around him mistake his cowardice, and resulting survival against all odds, as some form of heroism.

Kicked out of Rugby, and having been blackmailed from one regiment to the next after marrying one of his conquests, he ends up in Afghanistan in the late 19th century - at a time when the British are to make one of their more ignoble retreats back to India. Whole regiments are slaugtered around Flashman, due in no small part to the incompitence of the officers around him. [written in 1969, decades before 9/11, this is a fictional illustration of why the West will never win in Afghanistan and would be lucky to come out with a draw].

Did get a bit bored with the tediously long chapters and the constant battles, so not sure I'd like to read a sequel.
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nordie | outras 65 resenhas | Oct 14, 2023 |
Nihilistic pulp of limited merit or use. Knowledgeably & well enough written, but we read adventure novels notably for the vicarious delight of seeing a hero (= imagining ourselves) “take charge” against hostile situations which threaten him on the most existential level. So it’s *very* blue-balling & quickly repetitive - after some early chapters’ admitted amusement - to have patiently to read through the very opposite actions again & again.

Two satisfying exceptions: The snake pit, where the protagonist (having no choice) shows himself unusually resolute & lethal. & the ending, where he suffers some subtly crafted & humorous consequences for his overall behaviour via two final - cushy, but irreversibly humiliating - developments.

Still. Hardly time optimally spent, & I largely regret it.
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SkjaldOfBorea | outras 65 resenhas | Jul 30, 2023 |



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