3 edition of Flashman and the Dragon found in the catalog.
|Statement||HARPER COLLINS 1 PAP|
|Publishers||HARPER COLLINS 1 PAP|
|LC Classifications||February 6, 2006|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 96 p. :|
|Number of Pages||92|
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Flashman, who has a gift for languages, among other things, manages to get himself into the thick of the non-stop action. The burning of the summer palace and the unnecessary deaths of so many Chinese just so that the princes can go on believe in their make-believe stories of the Chinese superiority make for some serious reading. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all.
We meet Lord Elgin, son of the one who took the marbles from Greece, as he leads an allied expedition of European powers to treaty with the Chinese and open up China to trade.
In Canton, Flashman manages to convince that he was trying to stop the shipment. The damage done to Manchu superiority by this expedition, involving thousands of British and French soldiers and leading to much Chinese Imperial loss of face, ranks as one of the most important events in human history, for it sowed the seeds of the eventual downfall of the empire.
The sugar that makes the historical medicine so easy to take is the arrested development of Flashman as a character. Flashman says, "He wasn't much of a general; it was notorious he'd never read a line outside the Bible; he was so inarticulate he could barely utter any order but 'Charge! Towards the end of the book, there's even an eloquent historical analysis of the looting and destruction of the Summer Palace which manages to be extremely informative and melancholy whilst never losing the general rhythm and tone of the story.
But he discovers that his cargo is actually far more dangerous - guns being run to supply the Taiping. I really can't put my finger on what I like about it. Characters [ ] Fictional characters [ ]• If I had my way, there'd be a permanent statue of Flashman on the Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square, with a bevy of lovingly-sculpted stone beauties writhing at his feet.
It recounts Lord Elgin's decision in 1860 to raze the SummerPalace at Peking, and it depicts the manner in which the order was carried out. " He later says she was one of three women he ever felt more than lust for excluding Elspeththe other two being and. Oh, don't get me wrong the story contains the usual breathless adventures and Flashman and the Dragon we've come to expect from Flashy.
Coward, scoundrel, lover and cheat, but there is no better man to go Flashman and the Dragon the jungle with. She offers Flashy 1600 quid and a shivering hint of physical delights to deliver her ton of opium up the Pearl River to Canton. - the "Private of the Buffs" who refuses to kow-tow to a local mandarin.
For me, they are a chore to read.
They promote Fraser well out of the thriller class and into the ranks of historical novelists.
Plot introduction [ ] Presented within the frame of the supposedly discovered historical Flashman Papers, this book describes the bully Flashman from.
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