McAUSLAN IN THE ROUGH by George MacDonald Fraser


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A sequel to Fraser's story collection The General Danced at Dawn -- these seven stories depict life in a postwar Scottish Highland regiment: Fraser is best known for his sprightly Flashman Papers. Lieutenant David MacNeill narrates these tales, some of which revolve around Private McAuslan, the dirtiest and dumbest soldier in the world. But McAuslan is seldom dead center in any story; he lives more by hyperbole and assertion on Fraser's part than by incident and detail. The stories are uniformly beguiling, effortless reading, well lashed with nostalgia for a peculiar military life long gone. The Scots in this regiment fought through North Africa together, and now they're pulling postwar duty on the Sahara (30 years ago, remember). The title story about a golf match between two Scottish teams is the cream of the book and very amusing indeed, as is the continuously rising blister of hot Scot dialogue during the playoff. Fraser's not so much a storyteller as a man bursting with the past and a charming voice that confidently leans right into your ear.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 1974
Publisher: Knopf