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Flashman and the Angel of the Lord av George…
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Flashman and the Angel of the Lord (urspr publ 1994; utgåvan 2006)

av George MacDonald Fraser (Författare)

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Captain Harry Flashman's covert missions for Her Majesty's Secret Service have taken him all over the globe--Afghanistan, Borneo, Madagascar, Indian and China--but never before has he encountered so formidable a challenge and attempted to rise to it with such hilarious ineptitude as in his latest adventure.… (mer)
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Titel:Flashman and the Angel of the Lord
Författare:George MacDonald Fraser (Författare)
Info:HarperCollins (2006), 496 pages
Samlingar:George Macdonald Fraser, Ditt bibliotek, Favoriter
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Flashman and the Angel of the Lord av George MacDonald Fraser (1994)

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    The Good Lord Bird av James McBride (Lirmac)
    Lirmac: Another fictionalised account of John Brown and Harper's Ferry.
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By the time of this, the tenth Flashman book, I'd have thought there'd be nothing further that this series could do to surprise me. And, in a way, I'd have been right: Flashman and the Angel of the Lord is a classic Flashman adventure. However, I still experienced surprise; not at the book, but at the apparent general consensus among reviewers on this and other websites that Angel of the Lord was a poor addition to the series.

I was a bit wary about this one, given all the naysaying about it, but it was bloody fantastic as usual. What do people want? Rip-roaring adventure? (Antebellum USA: check.) Fantastically-drawn characters? (Joe, Annette, the welcome return of John Charity Spring: check.) Well-realised real historical figures? (John Brown, Allan Pinkerton, even Abe Lincoln: check.) Luscious ladies and all sorts of bedroom-based depravities? (Miranda, Annette, Hannah: check.) Shameless poltroonery from our beloved Flashy? (On page 328, he reminds us he has no more of the milk of human kindness than you'd put in a cup of tea." So check.) Well-researched historical fiction (erm, antebellum USA again, and one of the most legendary raids in history: Harper's Ferry. That's a check.) A deliriously funny romp? (is there anything more humorous than Flashman indignantly squirming under the yoke of not one, not two, but three different factions?) You get the picture. It's not the best of the Flashman series, but then again, that is a very high bar. Damn your eyes, if you don't enjoy this then just what have you been doing for the last nine books?

(And I can't get the song 'Glory, Glory, Hallelujah' out of my head. It took me a moment to recall the tune from the basis of the lyrics given to us by Flashman (and his adorable great-grandchildren), and then all but smacked myself for not recognising it sooner. Not only did it later morph into 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic', but a rousing adaptation of it was given by the paratroopers in the best TV mini-series of all time, Band of Brothers ("Gory, gory, what a hell of a way to die/And he ain't gonna jump no more!"), and it is a well-known chant of my hometown football club, where it is known as 'Glory, Glory, Man United'.)

"What the deuce was I, Harry Flashman, V.C., and soon to be knighted by Her Majesty, en route from India to England, doing toting a tittering whore down a reeking lane in America's capital city? Well, the wind bloweth where it listeth, you see, and if it carries you up several flights of back stairs, along corridors where the air has been replaced by cigar smoke and the carpet fairly squelches with tobacco juice, and at last into a dimly lit salon whose ornate gilt-and-plush décor would do credit to a Damascus brothel, why, you must make the best of it and get her stripped and on the bed before your luck changes." (pp109-10)" ( )
  MikeFutcher | Jun 3, 2016 |
If you have been keeping track, the Flashman papers are now in the years 1858 to 1859. Flashman is thirty six years old and back in America where old enemies remember him and new enemies are out to blackmail him. He's not back by choice, though. Someone from his past had an old score to settle. So here's Harry, knee deep in the conflicts of slavery...again. This time he's working with "the angel of the Lord," John Brown of Harper's Ferry fame. Yes, THAT John Brown.
Interestingly enough, Fraser decided to scale back the sex scenes for this particular installment. In addition to not having many opportunities to shag the lady next door, Flashman appears to be growing up some. To some he doesn't appear to be as cowardly or as shallow...He still tries to get out of getting out of the October 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry but as usual, is unsuccessful. ( )
1 rösta SeriousGrace | Dec 17, 2015 |
I've never brought this up before, but do you realize there's a similarity between Fraser's Flashman, and Terry Pratchett's Rincewind the Wizzard?
Well, maybe you have to be there, and maybe I've got to stop reviewing these two authors one after the other? Flashman comes face to face with the famous American Abolitionist, John Brown. I was surprised to discover that Brown was in reality a very conscious martyr for the Cause! Ah, the media were a poison even in the run-up to the Civil War. It's a good Flashman story. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 24, 2013 |
Our intrepid hero, Harry Flashman, is back for volume ten of the Flashman Papers, a narrative of the life and times of one of the most ne’er-do-well wastrels to ever grace the pages of a published autobiography.

The first five Flashman novels were presented in chronological order. Several installments thereafter acted to fill in gaps in the story. From a chronological standpoint, the adventures of this novel immediately follow those contained in Flashman in the Great Game, wherein we left Flashman on the heels of his wholly unintentional heroics displayed in the great Indian Mutiny of 1857. Harry decamps to South Africa, on the way home to England, where he is hijacked and kidnapped by his old nemesis, Captain John Charity Spring. Spring arranges for Flashman’s transport to the United States, where he expects Flashman to be arrested and arraigned for his exploits which were covered in a previous installment, Flash For Freedom.

As in the previous Flashman novels, our Harry is revealed as the premier coward and opportunist of his era; faults which he quite willingly admits and even boasts of. Much as a prior day Forrest Gump, he has a way of finding himself among the most powerful and famous personages of his era, as he takes part in the great events of the period, in this case, John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry.

Aside from uproarious fun and games, the Flashman series is set against historical events and actually serves as an educational experience. On to volume eleven of the Flashman Papers. ( )
1 rösta santhony | Jun 18, 2013 |
In effect a sequel to Flash for Freedom, one of the best in the series. This is not so good--Flashy himself is almost a bystander --but it does give a vivid picture of John Brown as a man who deliberately chose martyrdom ( )
  antiquary | Feb 13, 2013 |
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Captain Harry Flashman's covert missions for Her Majesty's Secret Service have taken him all over the globe--Afghanistan, Borneo, Madagascar, Indian and China--but never before has he encountered so formidable a challenge and attempted to rise to it with such hilarious ineptitude as in his latest adventure.

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