The sequel of The Amateur Cracksman is right here, and E.W. Hornung rises higher than ever through his depiction of Raffles - the gentleman thief - and his trusted sidekick, Bunny. Instead of just focusing on Raffles' life of crime, this book is more about the actual adventures of the two, creating a droll atmosphere, while telling the tale of many pursuits they engage in that don't necessarily have anything to do with stealing.
Raffles, Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman is the second book in the Amateur Cracksman series that brought Hornung some serious fame and recognition, particularly when the relationship between Raffles and Bunny is viewed in contrast with that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson - the famous characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Hornung's brother-in-law.
In this series, however, Hornung strays away from mimicking Holmes and Watson, and adds a few exciting new dimensions to his characters. While keeping the humorous passages at their best - or perhaps even improving on his "performance" from the first book - the author engages in a series of tales that are as diverse as they are exciting, and manage to paint a picture of Raffles that most readers would not have assumed possible. He even places Raffles and Bunny in serious danger in a few instances.
If you haven't read the first Raffles book, you should definitely consider it before this one, as the stories are closely interconnected, and enjoying Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman will be even easier when the continuity of the books is maintained.
For those who are fans of Hornung's works, you might already be aware of the fact that his Raffles stories are among not only his own most popular humorous tales, but the most well-received throughout the early 20th century, even under the condition of competing against the most skilled humorists of the 1920s.
Book year: 1996
Book pages: 184
Book language: en
File size: 882.51 KB
File type: epub
Published: 22 February 2020 - 18:00