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Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II

Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II


Book Overview: Quartered Safe Out Here: A Harrowing Tale of World War II

George MacDonald Fraser--beloved for his series of Flashman historical novels--offers an action-packed memoir of his experiences in Burma fighting the Japanese during World War II.

"An excellent popular historian." --Time Magazine

In this rattling-good memoir, novelist, historian, and screenwriter Fraser vividly recounts the nerve-racking frontline action he saw while serving as a nineteen-year-old soldier during what turned out to be the last great land campaign of World War II--the British army's ferocious campaign against the Japanese in Burma. The realism of his story, combined with the skills of a talented novelist, create a book of sentiment and excitement. This is unforgettable reading, both for fans of Fraser's novels and for anyone interested in one of the great battles of World War II.

Fraser offers a firsthand glimpse at the camaraderie, danger, and satisfactions of service. A substantial epilogue, occasioned by the fiftieth anniversary of V-J Day in 1995, adds poignancy to a volume that eminent military historian John Keegan described as "one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War."

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Publication DateAugust 05, 2014
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George MacDonald Fraser, celebrated British author and screenwriter, is universally revered for his prodigious literary contributions since the 1960s. Fraser, born in Carlisle, England in 1925, harnessed his own experiences as a soldier in Burma during World War II and as a journalist in Scotland and Canada to inform his richly authentic narratives and evocative settings. Notably, Fraser’s successful writing career took a decisive turn when he wrote the first of his series 'Flashman Papers' in 1969, which soon gained immense popularity owing to its historical accuracy, humor, and rivacious protagonist. Fraser's oeuvre extends well beyond novels, encompassing various genres such as screenplays, short stories, non-fiction works, and autobiographies. In the world of film, he is distinguished for his work on iconic movies including the James Bond film "Octopussy," and "The Three Musketeers." His capacity to seamlessly integrate historical events with fictive narratives delivers a distinctive edge to his work, earning him critical acclaim and a broad reader base. Aside from his prominent career as an author and screenwriter, Fraser's life and works have greatly influenced the literary world, especially in how historical fiction is written and perceived. His passing in 2008 left an indelible mark on literature, but his lifetime of accomplishments continues to inspire generations of writers and readers worldwide. His unique literary voice, profound relevance of narratives, and deft characterization resonate in his timeless works, etching George MacDonald Fraser as one of the most significant authors of the 20th century.

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