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The Man Who Knew Too Much [Kindle Edition]

G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 235 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082SSKYU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,058 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Unconnected to Alfred Hitchcock's excellent pair of movies of the same name, GK Chesterton's book is a collection of eight short stories about his melancholy detective, Horne Fisher.

The stories each have a clever twist at their heart to explain how and why a crime was committed, with the twists of a standard up there with the best of other detective fiction of the the time.

But very little other action happens in the stories. They are all very straight forward in their linear progression from event happening through to Horne Fisher taking a gentle amble around and then explaining what happened. Red herrings, extra twists, character development and wild goose chases are all pretty much absent in the swift and direct resolution of each mystery. However, there are regular bitter-sweet moments, with it transpiring that simply arresting and convicting the guilty party is neither ideal nor practical.

I can't quite work out how I would view Horne Fisher if he were real and I met him. Is he a minimalist, enigmatic, intriguing character or rather a bore who can't bear to explain things directly and always needs to apply a bucket load of condescension? Either way, his ability to turn up in so many different places without a clear reason for being there would certainly keep me on my toes.

The books also displays Chesterton's anti-semitic and racist views. In his day those views were commonly held (though in fairness to many of the time, they were far from universally held) but now they stand out for their extremism and nastiness. The plots, though, do not hinge on them so one can still extract the enjoyable from the horribly dated when reading.
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Rubbish !! Rubbish !! Rubbish !! This is an abbreviated copy !!! They don't tell you that. About 90% of the book is missing. Don't waste your life downloading this complete con. Go to Project Gutenberg for 47,000+ free ebooks that you can copy to your Kindle and read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Chesterton's best 18 Dec. 2012
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I found this book disappointing, having been led to expect better from the writer of the Father Brown stories. It seems to be a vehicle for the author's somewhat odd political views - (including some rather shocking anti-semitism.) Also, Horne Fisher, the protagonist, is a dull character compared with Father Brown. He is perceptive but tragic, and serves mainly as a mouthpiece for the author. On the plus side, however, the style of writing is erudite and pleasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous 16 Jun. 2015
By bazquin
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I have never read any GKC before but will certainly read more of his work now.

Very gentle tales and very well written.

What I liked was that there was no violence just good detective work.

It is interesting to see the social differences and patriotism and I wish we had as much pride in our country these days.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dull and convoluted 8 Feb. 2015
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The central character, Horne Fisher, had no personality, very unlikely connections with the rich, famous and every politician.
The stories were supposed to be mysteries which H.F. solved or knew all about, but they were dull dull dull, and I only finished the book from sheer cussedness on my part.
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5.0 out of 5 stars looking for holiday reading 27 Mar. 2014
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looked for anything to complement my usual reading stuff. anything unusual that I perhaps should have read or fun stuff that I would not normally bother with provided it came free or for peanuts. I have not yet read this book, so it was cheap but I can say no more. YET!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing. 31 Mar. 2014
By D. Bull
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I can't complain too much as it's a free novel. The reason i didn't enjoy this book was that I couldn't really get into it because of the style of writing. It didn't seem to flow and often it was difficult to ascertain which character was actually speaking.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A classic to tick off the list. 31 Aug. 2013
By Jubbly
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I have the complete Father Brown series on my kindle and I had heard of this book. The stories are quirky but don't really gel well as stories within themselves it's ok and it passed the time on holiday but I wouldn't keep it to read again.
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