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The Collected Raffles Stories

by E. W. Hornung

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Series: Raffles (Omnibus)

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This entertaining collection of crime stories presents the adventures of one of fiction's most enduring characters, the hyper-elegant A.J. Raffles, man-about-town, thief, and "finest slow bowler of his generation." With his partner in crime, Bunny Manders, Raffles preys on the rich, the greedy, and the unspeakably vulgar. His talents are exercised not only in London, but as far afield as Italy, Australia, and South Africa at the height of the Boer War. Throughout these exciting yarns the emphasis on panache, with intensifying suggestions of fallibility, goes to the heart of late Victorian attitudes and values.… (more)
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While the collection, particularly the first section, was quite interesting and novel- I did not feel a true affinity with the stories. The characters were the best parts, but the plots sort of went wayward and the style a little stringent and archaic at times. For these reasons, this collection gets its rating.

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  DanielSTJ | Apr 17, 2020 |
British, Crime, Fiction
  CarltonC | Nov 20, 2008 |
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This entertaining collection of crime stories presents the adventures of one of fiction's most enduring characters, the hyper-elegant A.J. Raffles, man-about-town, thief, and "finest slow bowler of his generation." With his partner in crime, Bunny Manders, Raffles preys on the rich, the greedy, and the unspeakably vulgar. His talents are exercised not only in London, but as far afield as Italy, Australia, and South Africa at the height of the Boer War. Throughout these exciting yarns the emphasis on panache, with intensifying suggestions of fallibility, goes to the heart of late Victorian attitudes and values.

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