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  •  Bad anti-heroes (3+ / 0-)
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    cfk, Monsieur Georges, Brecht

    Should really hate Harry Flashman, but can't. Flashman at the Charge is just too funny, and he's always sympathetic to the people his people are subjugating. He may be an arrant coward, but he's no hypocrite, and he sees through the cant of the English Imperialist (while not having the courage to stand up to it -- he is an anti-hero, after all).

    •  I've been meaning to check out Flashman (2+ / 0-)
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      cfk, alefnot

      It's not an easy thing, to write a really compelling scoundrel. I think it takes a fine sense of humor to get away with it.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 02:24:05 PM PST

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      •  He's a scoundrel all right (1+ / 0-)
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        cfk

        Might be worth pointing out that Flashman gets involved (generally by accident or in running away from something else) in most of the major events in British colonial history and Fraser tends to do his homework. I found that having more than passing familiarity with the event enriches the reading considerably (in my case it was Balaclava from Cecil Woodham-Smith's The Reason Why, but I wish I'd known more about the Sepoy Rebellion, 1st Afghan War, the rape of the Summer Palace, etc going in.)

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