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Flashman and the Mountain of Light (1990)

de George Macdonald Fraser

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With the mighty Sikh Khalsa, the finest army ever seen in Asia, poised to invade India and sweep Britannia's ill-guarded empire into the sea, every able-bodied man was needed to defend the forntier -and one at least had his answers ready when the call of duty came; "I'll swim in blood first!" Alas, though, for poor Flashy, there was no avoiding the terrors of secret service in the debauched and intrigue-ridden Court of the Punjab.… (més)
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Títol:Flashman and the Mountain of Light
Autors:George Macdonald Fraser
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Flashman and the Mountain of Light de George MacDonald Fraser (1990)

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I won't pretend that I've ever needed leave to bolt. I hadn't been given the precious gift of life to cast it away in back alleys, brawling on behalf of fat rajas and randy widows, and I was going like a startled fawn and rejoicing in my youth…" (pg. 180).

Another great Flashman adventure – one of the best. We've had Flashman the scoundrel before, Flashman the lecherous, Flashman the lucky, Flashman the hilarious. This was all of those things and yet it was also something new: it was Flashman doing his duty. Of course, it helps that doing his duty demands, on this occasion, lechery, guile and other damned underhand things besides, including conspiring with a Sikh general to think of ways to lose a battle on purpose...

As ever, Mountain of Light displays all the great qualities that I've come to expect from the Flashman books. It involves a return to India, scene of Flashman's greatest adventures (in my opinion), and that country's uniquely indefinable spirit of exotic adventure acquits itself well here too. It even has as a fairly prominent character the real historical figure of Josiah Harlan, who was inspiration for Kipling's 'The Man Who Would Be King' and consequently for the 1975 film adaptation starring Michael Caine and Sean Connery – one of the best adventure films of all time (I'd put money on it being a favourite of Fraser's, too). There's a lot more espionage and intrigue than in previous books, as Flashman is serving as a diplomatic agent for British interests in the Punjab and doing it as only he can (hint: it involves bedding a voluptuous Indian queen).

It's also, as ever, cracking historical fiction. Fraser's Flashman books are exceptional at introducing us to events and campaigns of the Victorian era which don't figure prominently in the history books, and Mountain of Light is no exception. It gives a gripping account of the First Anglo-Sikh War, a peculiar and yet extremely violent war with all the trimmings: bloodthirsty enemies, incompetent commanders and stirring cavalry charges. And with the future of British India at stake, b'gad. Great ending too: Catch! It's ripping storytelling and a great experience. To appropriate and rejig the words of the Duke of Wellington (who knew Flashman for a scoundrel): By God! I don't think it would have done if I had not been there!
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  Mike_F | Jun 3, 2016 |
Harry Flashman is back again! It almost seems like he won't go away. The year is 1845 and this time Flashy is a spy for Her Majesty's Secret Service! When we last left Flashy he was in Singapore. I have to admit, the start to Flashman and the Mountain of Light was a little slow this time around. It took me two chapters before I really got into it. If you are looking for Fraser's trademark sex and violence, Flashman and the Mountain of Light does not disappoint. It just takes a little longer to get to. For the historians out there, Fraser covers the Sutlej Crisis and of course, the Mountain of Light or Koh-i-Noor, one of the largest diamonds in the world. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Nov 28, 2015 |
Oddly enough, I recall very little of this one, though I believe it explains how Flashman go the Koh-i-nur diamond and how Kipling got the idea for The Man Who Would Be King ( )
  antiquary | Feb 15, 2013 |
Arch-cad Flashman rogers his way around the Punjab. In the process he (rather reluctantly) saves India for John Company. ( )
  John5918 | Aug 31, 2012 |
Our intrepid hero, Harry Flashman, is back for volume nine 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. This “packet”, like its three immediate predecessors, acts to fill in a previous “gap” in the Flashman timeline. From a chronological standpoint, the adventures of this novel immediately follow those contained in Flashman’s Lady, wherein we left Flashman on the heels of his escape from Ranavalona, the mad queen of Madagascar, that following his rescue of his wife, Elspeth, from South Sea pirates. Believing himself to be returning to merry, old England, Flashy is diverted instead to India, where the services of the Afghan hero are desperately needed to quell the restless natives.

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, quelling the Sikh Rebellion of 1845-46 and securing the Koh-i-Noor, the greatest jewel then in existence.

Aside from uproarious fun and games, the Flashman series is set against historical events and actually serves as an educational experience. On to volume ten of the Flashman Papers. ( )
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Three essential ingredients go to make up a Flashman plot. These are: a ravenous and fascinating heroine, a spine-chillingly sadistic villain and a historically based exotic or legendary figure... This mixture, enriched with lechery and treachery, makes a galloping read and culminates in the fourth great Fraser quality: a full-dress pitched battle. In this case two battles: the great engagements at Ferozeshah and Sobraon by which Britain became master of the Punjab. How Flashman or Fraser find time for the libido and its exercise among all this is more than I can fathom, but Victorian values have been overdue for revision and satire these many years.
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"Now my dear Sir Harry, I must tell you," says her majesty, with that stubborn little duck of her head that always made Palmerston think she was going to butt him in the guts, "I am quite determined to learn Hindoostanee."
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You’ll have heard it said that the British Empire was acquired in a fit of absence of mind – one of those smart Oscarish squibs that sounds well but is thoroughly fat-headed. Presence of mind, if you like – and countless other things, such as greed and Christianity, decency and villainy, policy and lunacy, deep design and blind chance, pride and trade, blunder and curiosity, passion, ignorance, chivalry and expediency, honest pursuit of right, and determination to keep the bloody Frogs out.
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With the mighty Sikh Khalsa, the finest army ever seen in Asia, poised to invade India and sweep Britannia's ill-guarded empire into the sea, every able-bodied man was needed to defend the forntier -and one at least had his answers ready when the call of duty came; "I'll swim in blood first!" Alas, though, for poor Flashy, there was no avoiding the terrors of secret service in the debauched and intrigue-ridden Court of the Punjab.

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