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I would have liked to see that too. Other disastrous episodes hinted at in his biography that I would have liked to have seen was his service in the Zulu Wars (there is only a brief mention in one of the books)
Is that quite true? In the Kindle edition at minimum resolution, Fraser's account of Flashman at Isandlwana in the title short story of Flashman and the Tiger runs to about two dozen pages. Arguably the tantalising loose end therein is the far more startling claim that he was also at Rorke's Drift, which I'm not sure is referenced anywhere else in the papers. (Startling, because the running joke is that Flashman is a key participant in every military disaster of the 19th century: the retreat from Kabul, the Charge of the Light Brigade, Harper's Ferry, Pickett's Charge, Little Big Horn etc. That he's at Isandlwana is utterly natural, but Rorke's Drift was a bit less likely. Even though one presumes he just found a corner to hide in.)

On Sangahyando's point about Fraser never writing the US Civil War novel, I've been pretty comfortable with that. It was surely always in the nature of the project that his death would leave gaps. Which could always fit the conceit of the meta-narrative he had constructed around the discovery of the papers. Deliberately leaving an obvious major gap, while dropping lots of hints, then seems entirely in his style. He teased.

To throw in an example myself, is David Peace ever going to finish his Tokyo Trilogy? In most cases, I like to plow through a set of novels as a completed set. Like I did with his Red-Riding Quartet. Yet in this case he seems to have lost interest in the project and shows no sign of writing the third novel.
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Old 08-08-2016, 07:28 PM
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On Sangahyando's point about Fraser never writing the US Civil War novel, I've been pretty comfortable with that. It was surely always in the nature of the project that his death would leave gaps. Which could always fit the conceit of the meta-narrative he had constructed around the discovery of the papers. Deliberately leaving an obvious major gap, while dropping lots of hints, then seems entirely in his style. He teased.
I maybe didn't put things very well in my post -- I just feel that the interview quote as cited there, puts Fraser in a bit of an unpleasant light: seems rather, that he's deliberately spitting in the faces of his fans. I feel that it would have been kinder of him to keep his intentions to himself: going on dropping tantalising hints, while in fact not planning ever to write the American Civil War book, which he didn't want to write. He'd had been aware that his own death, or his going totally senile, would ultimately let him off the hook.
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