Thursday, January 03, 2008

Farewell, Flash Harry

The Rap Sheet: George McDonald Fraser dies at age 82

Fraser's best-known character, Harry Paget Flashman, VC KCB KCIE, is one of my favorite anti-heroes in all of literature. A cad, a drunk, a bully, and above all a yellow-livered coward, Harry's saving grace was his blunt and hilarious honesty as he described his rise to become, in spite of himself, one of the great military heroes of Victorian Britain. And, along the way, Fraser managed to teach a painless lesson about one of the most fascinating periods of world history.

R.I.P. Mr. Fraser. You will be missed.

Hat tip to Bill Crider .

1 comment:

Cornelia Read said...

Flashman has been my hero for longer than I can remember. Very sorry to lose Fraser!