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4.0 out of 5 stars Black humour at its best
I loved reading 'The Wrong Box', and found myself laughing out loud several times. Whilst the plot itself is farcical, and gets ridiculous towards the end, this is more than compensated for by the clarity and seamlessly funny structure of the writing itself.
Published on 13 July 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars A farce with a gruesome edge
Morris Finsbury stands to gain a lot of money if his Uncle Masterman dies, but none if his Uncle Joseph dies first. So when Joseph seems to have died in a railway accident, he pretends he's still alive - with the sort of farcical consequences you'd expect. The premise is promising, but the book itself is mixed. The opening chapter's rather laborious as it sets up the...
Published on 5 Dec. 2011 by Bob Ventos


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2.0 out of 5 stars A farce with a gruesome edge, 5 Dec. 2011
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Morris Finsbury stands to gain a lot of money if his Uncle Masterman dies, but none if his Uncle Joseph dies first. So when Joseph seems to have died in a railway accident, he pretends he's still alive - with the sort of farcical consequences you'd expect. The premise is promising, but the book itself is mixed. The opening chapter's rather laborious as it sets up the situation at length, then the next few chapters - properly introducing the pompously oratorical Joseph and the nervous Morris - rocket along. But for me the pace slowed and petered out when it should increase, and several characters behave in ways too daft to be believable even in this genre (and even when they're drunk, as they often are). The idea of a smashed-up body to be disposed of felt a bit gruesome, too, for the otherwise light-hearted material, and the final denouement isn't that great. The romance of Gideon and Julia is nice though, and it has a few good jokes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black humour at its best, 13 July 1999
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I loved reading 'The Wrong Box', and found myself laughing out loud several times. Whilst the plot itself is farcical, and gets ridiculous towards the end, this is more than compensated for by the clarity and seamlessly funny structure of the writing itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting discovery, 20 Feb. 2012
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I like the way RLS writes and was very surprised to find out that he had written the Wrong Box.Not his best work by any stretch but worth a read for all that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Oct. 2014
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Easy to read - recommedn to all ages
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