Books: At It Again

ROYAL FLASH: FROM THE FLASHMAN PAPERS 1842-3 AND 1847-8. Edited and arranged by George MacDonald Fraser. 257 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

It will be remembered, perhaps reluctantly, how in the first volume of his monstrously entertaining mock memoirs, published last year, Harry Flashman employed his talents as a poltroon and bully to escape the general slaughter of the First Afghan War (1841) and returned to London an apparent hero. Now that we have another installment to hand, Flashman and his clever "editor," George MacDonald Fraser, must be credited with escape from a rather different but no less dire fate. The second book is...

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