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  1. says:

    This was very fun The Wrong Box is one of the lesser known works by Robert Louis Stevenson, and I happened to own a copy Actually, I ve owned a copy for a decade, so it was high time to get to it DThe book revolves around a bunch of relatives two brothers, their cousin and uncle, his ward, etc And all of them are up to no good There is a grand piano, a misplaced corpse, a dying business and a huge sum of money so, naturally, shenanigans ensue The characters are comic in their self centeredness, attempts to get the upper hand end in hilarious situations, and the book flies by in a moment It was a quick, light read, nostalgic in its naivety of humor Loved it


  2. says:

    Body, body Who s got the body The Wrong Box 1889 is a hilarious mystery spoof by Robert Louis Stevenson and his stepson Lloyd Osbourne It revolves around Masterson and Joseph Finsbury, two brothers who are the last surviving beneficiaries of a tontine A tontine is a rather diabolical investment scheme subscribers pay into a fund that is then invested for the lifetime of the participants It is a winner take all scheme meaning that the only one to benefit is the last man or woman standing This, of course, puts all sorts of temptation in the way of the participants and or their heirs especially once the numbers start to dwindle naturally I, mean, after all if you have to live to be 100 in order to outlive the competition just how much are you going to be able to enjoy the spoils And one s sons or nephews might also think it a good idea to shuffle the competition and you last, of course off the playing field so they have an opportunity to enjoy it for you.Michael Finsbury is Masterson s son He is a successful lawyer who isn t afraid to skate a little close to the wind if necessary to get a client off and win a case Morris and John Finsbury are nephews and wards of Joseph Because Joseph was not the best of businessmen and managed to fritter away what little money he held in trust for his nephews, Morris has gotten the old man to sign over his winnings from the tontine should he outlast Masterson So than ever, Morris spends his days watching over dear Uncle Joseph just to be sure that he doesn t catch a cold that turns into pneumonia and leads to death before tontine He also has a vague feeling that his Uncle Masterson is really dead and Michael is just pretending the old boy is still alive and kicking while he waits for Joseph to keel over Once that happens, he Michael will produce a tame doctor who will verify Masterson s death after Joseph s and Michael will scoop the pot This must be avoided at all costs.Morris decides that the best plan would be to head to the country with Uncle Joseph and keep him all cozy at the seaside where he can breathe the lovely country air and be just as healthy as can be Plans go awry when there is a train smash up and an elderly dead body is found in the rubble with bruised face and wearing what seems to be Uncle Joseph s coat Morris and John are in despair there goes their inheritance So they decide to stash the body in an out of the way cottage until Morris comes up with a plan to ship uncle s body to himself in a huge barrel The barrel gets mislabeled and the body winds up going on an unexpected journey from barrel to packing crate to piano and back again Who has the body And is Uncle Joseph really dead Is Uncle Masterson really dead Who is going to inherit all that money This is an absolutely delightful story the black comedy is a little unexpected from Stevenson, but it is hilarious Watching Morris drive himself quietly crazy as he tries to outsmart Michael and track down his missing uncle is great fun Who would have thought that the most prominent and interesting character in a book would be a dead man who won t sit still long enough for you to get a really good look at him Not that the other characters aren t interesting, they are Stevenson always provides great characters and those in The Wrong Box meet his standards Highly recommended.First posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please request permission before reposting Thanks.


  3. says:

    21 JUL 2014 download here JUL 2014 in looking for information about William Dent Pitman, author of The Quincunx Case, I discovered this exact name, William Dent Pitman, featured as a character in The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and his step son, Lloyd Osbourne I have a feeling this author is a combination of Stevenson and Osbourne and they were each having a fun time with us readers I presented this question to Bettie, whose vast knowledge of books is unparalleled I will cross post this to my review of The Wrong Box 22 JAN 2017 reading this with the 19th Century Literature group at Yahoo So far, this is a fun read 2 FEB 2017 a dark comedy about greed Morris and to some extent, John, his brother are always looking over the fence at what like will be like when everyone is dead and the tontine belongs to them well, really Morris believes it belongs to him alone , they have lost sight of common sense and the leather business The Wrong Box is a silly refreshing read enjoy


  4. says:

    Romanzo molto carino, una commedia degli errori piena di equivoci e di imprevisti che per Stevenson fa funzionare come un meccanismo ad orologeria.Alla base di tutto, una scommessa la cui posta che andr al fratello che riuscir a sopravvivere pi a lungo Il problema sono i rispettivi nipoti che hanno messo gli occhi sul malloppo Complice un incidente ferroviario e uno scambio di etichette sul bagaglio, si verranno a creare situazioni molto divertenti e paradossali Zio Robbie si dimostra per l ennesima volta un grande autore


  5. says:

    Spassosissima e intricatissima commedia degli equivoci piena di personaggi buffi, cialtronerie e situazioni assurde.Un romanzo di Stevenson purtroppo poco conosciuto, ma che meriterebbe pi notoriet e sarebbe anche perfetto per una trasposizione cinematografica o per una miniserie tv.


  6. says:

    Los fil sofos deber an, sin duda, molestarse en investigar con paciencia si los hombres son o no capaces de acostumbrarse a la suerte Y suerte es justamente lo que les falta a los personajes de esta desopilante aventura Ah, Bobby, c mo me gustan tus historias El relato comienza describiendo la tontina, un juego financiero creado por el italiano Tonti, una especie de banca compuesta en donde varios depositarios colocan una suma de dinero Cada participante vive su vida y l ltimo en quedar vivo, recolecta el total del dinero invertido m s intereses Ambicioso, verdad De esta manera el padre de los hermanos Joseph y Mastermann Finsbury, anota a dichos hijos en el concurso, quienes con el pasar de los a os llegar n a ser los jugadores finales El conflicto empieza cuando los sobrinos del t o Joseph, Maurice y John, se encuentran en aprietos financieros provocados por la mala gesti n de la casa de cueros que manejan Sumando a esto una herencia denegada, a os de resentimiento y personalidades tan diferentes como graciosas, dan como resultado un relato que entretiene y divierte sin perder originalidad.Comentar m s detalles ser a arruinar la trama, ya que es una de esas historias que al leerla suponemos que nos dirigen a una direcci n, para encontrarnos luego en un camino totalmente imprevisto y sin embargo satisfactorio Posee muchos giros y vueltas y es sobre todo un libro que califico como suspenso gracioso Me encontr en varias oportunidades riendo en voz alta En un historia corta muy ligera que se puede disfrutar r pidamente Se la recomiendo a todos los que gusten de leer relatos de misterio bizarro La necesidad es la madre de todas las artes humanas


  7. says:

    giggles absurd mayhem pure entertainment


  8. says:

    En una carta fechada el 17 de septiembre de 1889, Rudyard Kipling le escrib a a su confidente Edmonia Hill la siguiente afirmaci n He recibido Aventuras de un cad ver , de R L Stevenson, y me re demencialmente cuando la le Ese hombre tendr s lo un pulm n pero te hace re r con todo tu ser Y s , s que ya he rese ado a Stevenson en otras ocasiones, pero a un autor que tiene reconocimientos de ser una influencia may scula de gente de la talla de Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Proust, Conan Doyle, Henry James, Pavese, Hemingway, el propio Kipling, Jack London, Nabokov y G K Chesterton por mencionar s lo a algunos nunca sobrar volver a tratarlo Y m s si es una obra de un humor negro tan fino como Aventuras de un cad ver.Un dato curioso de la novela es que fue la primera de tres en las que Stevenson trabaj con la colaboraci n de su hijastro, Lloyd Osbourne De hecho, Osbourne hizo el primer borrador, que Stevenson luego revis un par de veces, hasta dejarlo listo para la imprenta Sobra decir que la obra es de tal calidad que una de dos u Osbourne tambi n era excelente escritor, o Stevenson reh zo la novela y se debe apuntar que es de la etapa final de su escritura juvenil, tambi n Sea como sea, es un texto que se disfruta de principio a fin Ah, por cierto, a Stevenson le detectaron una enfermedad pulmonar desde muy joven, lo que provoc que mudara su residencia a California, primero, y luego a Samoa, en busca de lugares para sobrellevar su afecci n Pero dudo que tener un solo pulm n sea una afirmaci n literal.


  9. says:

    Robert Louis Stevenson is a household name, whose works include Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde He only lived from 1850 to 1894 and this little number was published in 1889, so represents one of his final achievements delivered at the height of his powers There s a co writer, Lloyd Osbourne, but he must have been reasonably good too because I can t tell which passages are Stevenson s and which are not The story feels as if it was written by one mind, holding it in the hollow of a single hand with no hint of committee input.RLS is generally thought of as an author of dramatic adventures, but this is a departure because it s a macabre comedy, a farce if you like He must have been a serious man with a sarcastic sense of humour that was dying to tunnel its way out of the starched shirt Excuse the quotation from memory, as the book is no longer to hand, but some of the lines are just as applicable today, things like Julia often made acquaintances in Bournemouth and would have greatly preferred allowance and less uncle There s also an incident at the railway ticket office which bordered on brigandage , which sounds familiar and still topical to me Then, after a supposed murder, failure to declare the death followed by desecration of the corpse and forgery of its signature, the legal profession can be so petty There s also a massive double train wreck, metal and mutilation, where one of the shell shocked survivors declares I think there may have been some sort of accident Despite dozens of excellent moments, I marked it down from a four to a three star rating not because I didn t think it was great stuff but because the language can be stilted, there are slow sections that could have been cut down to keep the action rolling, then it goes a bit wrong near the end and reads like a rush for the finish post That aside, the core idea is terrific so I m not underselling this.The tontine idea this is based on is such a wonderfully, exquisitely pointless venture that even though it originated in Italy, I can easily imagine the Victorian English seizing on it and making it their own It s brilliant of course, brilliant, but pointless I think I need that in my life In brief, imagine the parents of thirty children putting in a block of money for investment The last surviving child after ninety or so years wins all of the capital and the interest, which has accumulated over the course of their long lifetime Naturally, they will be as good as dead when they get it and too much of an invalid to enjoy spending anything, so the whole scheme becomes ridiculous, just a way to put wealth out of circulation for up to a century It s a good excuse for the author to show the size of the group depleting in different entertaining ways, but this wasn t explored as well as it might have been.I can see themes in this book that have been re used in popular culture, such as the body in the piano turning up again fifty years later in The Green Man Alistair Sim and I d say it had some influence on Death of a Salesman and permeated into the roots of detective theatre.The people for whom a tontine contract is not ridiculous are the children nephews nieces of the last two survivors as it s the grandchildren of the original funders who are the true beneficiaries, not the original children at all, there s the rub, and they have every incentive to prod the oldies to a premature demise.The Wrong Box is black humour, it s vicious, insulting, full of greed, cruel and utterly immoral, just like money itself There can only be one winner in this story and that s the reader I hope you like it as much as I did.


  10. says:

    Quiz no sea el relato que m s me ha gustado de este autor, pero no hay duda de que es muy divertido Ir nico hasta la ltima p gina y siguiendo las bases de la comedia de enredo


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