Once again, that supreme anti-hero of the Victorian era, the one and only Harry Flashman, is ready to rise to the occasion no matter what depths of dishonor he must plumb. Lusting after a clergyman's wife, smuggling opium to Hong Kong, coupling with an Amazonian woman river pirate, groveling before a ruthless warlord, becoming the sexual plaything of the most beautiful and evil woman in the world, and cheerfully participating in yet another British rape of an ancient culture, this is the inimitable Flashman at his very worst. And, as all Flashman fans know, that means he's at his irresistible best in this, his most exotic and erotic, uninhibited and hilarious adventure yet.
What did you love best about Flashman and the Dragon?
The humor, adventure and risqué digressions.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
And how. Flashy's perils are never ordinary. In 1840 China, he has much to fear at every turn, but naturally, his wits and good fortune (especially based on his allure for ladies of every stamp) see him through.
Which scene was your favorite?
The Summer Palace interludes.
Any additional comments?
The thing about Flashman is that he's a rogue, a coward and a knave. But he spins a terrific yarn and the history behind all of his stories is sound. If you're sensitive or easily offended, don't even think about reading GMF. All the Flashman books are ridden with racism, sexism and imperialist superiority. Read these for the history and the fun, but know that they are the most politically incorrect novels to come out of the later 20th C.
the narrator is outstanding the whole series is an escape from this ridiculous world.
David Case is the only one who should ever read this book aloud! His performance is amazing! No one will ever be his equal!
If you're a fan of historical fiction, I find Flashman to be almost impossible to beat. Now, you're not going to tear up or get too terribly attached to any of the characters, but if you're looking a fun romp through time and battle (with a more than a few romps in the bed mixed in) Flashman is simply capital.
I had read this particular Flashman book years ago and was pleasantly surprised to enjoy it again so much in audio form.
The descriptions of life, locations and battles were as usual, top notch.