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The Reavers

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A book by George MacDonald Fraser

The late author of the beloved Flashman Papers (Flashman on the March, etc.) offers a 16th-century tale of swordplay and gleefully anachronistic wordplay along the Scottish borderlands. Fraser does a Highland fling with the English language as he unfolds … see full wiki

Author: George MacDonald Fraser
Publisher: Anchor
1 review about The Reavers

"It was a dark and stormy night...."

  • Apr 15, 2009
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It takes a very self-assured author to begin a book with what is perhaps the most ridiculed opening sentence on all of literature. The late Mr. Fraser was certainly that; after all he wrote 12 Flashman novels (I wish that there were more!), and numnerous other books, both fiction and nonfiction. Who better to mock convention?

This book is an incredible mishmash of literate writing, bookish puns, wild swinging between 15th and 21st century dialogue, and some interesting nods to other books and movies (e.g. James Bond, etc.) and quotes from the likes of W.C. Fields, et al.

I found myself laughing uproariously at times, and annoying my family by reading some of the book to them. At times it overreaches in trying to be too amusing, but I forgive Mr. fraser for that because of the enjoyment I have had over the years from his writing.

This book won't be to everyone's taste, but if you're an admirer of the author of Flashmanm, and you enjoy silliness and intelligence mixed together, I heartily recommend this book.

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