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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 por George MacDonald Fraser

Flashman (1969) 2,623 exemplares
Royal Flash (1970) 1,405 exemplares
Flashman at the Charge (1973) 1,163 exemplares
Flash for Freedom! (1971) 1,105 exemplares
Flashman's Lady (1977) 1,096 exemplares
Flashman in the Great Game (1975) 1,090 exemplares
Flashman and the Mountain of Light (1990) 961 exemplares
Flashman and the Redskins (1982) 941 exemplares
Flashman and the Dragon (1985) 909 exemplares
Flashman and the Tiger (1999) 824 exemplares
Flashman and the Angel of the Lord (1994) 802 exemplares
Flashman on the March (2005) 795 exemplares
Quartered Safe Out Here (1993) 580 exemplares
The Pyrates (1983) 561 exemplares
The Reavers (2007) 297 exemplares
Mr. American (1980) 280 exemplares
Black Ajax (1997) 269 exemplares
The General Danced at Dawn (1970) 214 exemplares
The Complete McAuslan (1970) 211 exemplares
The Candlemass Road (1993) 182 exemplares
McAuslan in the Rough (1974) 142 exemplares
The Hollywood History of the World (1988) 138 exemplares
The Sheikh and the Dustbin (1988) 107 exemplares
Lights on at Signpost (2002) 79 exemplares
Captain in Calico (2015) 67 exemplares
The Three Musketeers [1973 film] (1973) — Screenwriter — 52 exemplares
Flashman / Royal Flash (1969) 29 exemplares
World of the Public School (1977) 14 exemplares
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Royal Flash [1975 film] (2007) — Screenwriter — 10 exemplares
The Return of the Musketeers [1989 film] (1989) — Screenwriter — 6 exemplares
Flashman 5 exemplares
Royal Flash II (1997) 3 exemplares
A Quick Flashman (2005) 2 exemplares
Crossed Swords 1 exemplar
Levemand til hest 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of War (1999) — Contribuidor — 442 exemplares
The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard (1910) — Introdução, algumas edições224 exemplares
The White Company / Sir Nigel (1994) — Introdução, algumas edições84 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Sword and Honour (2000) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
A Feast of Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

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
Prémios e menções honrosas
Order of the British Empire (1999)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (1998)

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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.
Nota 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)


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 | 64 outras críticas | 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 initial amusement, to have patiently to read through the very opposite reaction again & again.

Two satisfying exceptions: The snake pit, where the protagonist (having little choice) shows himself unusually resolute & lethal. & the ending, where he suffers some subtly crafted & humorous consequences for his overall behaviour via two final - cushioned, even cushy, but irreversibly humiliating - developments.

Still. Hardly time optimally spent & I largely regret it.
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SkjaldOfBorea | 64 outras críticas | Jul 30, 2023 |
After having read the twelve Flashman novels and enjoying them immensely, I order this book along with Pyrates, Black Ajax and Mr. American, penned by the same author, to complete the George McDonald Fraser book of work

Unlike most of Fraser’s work, this is non-fiction. The only other non-fiction work of Fraser’s is Steel Bonnets, a book that I found thoroughly unreadable. This book, which details the author’s World War II service in Burma, was significantly better, though not extraordinary by any means.

While I can highly recommend the author’s Flashman body of work, I found most of his other books to be far below the standard set by Flashman.
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santhony | 22 outras críticas | Jun 28, 2023 |



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