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About the Author

Robert Hugh Benson (18 November 1871 – 19 October 1914) was an English Anglican priest who joined the Roman Catholic Church (1903) in which he was reordained priest in 1904. He was lauded in his own day as one of the leading figures in English literature, having written the notable book Lord of The World. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1179203569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1179203560
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Klecan on January 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
This fifth and last novel by Benson re the English monarchy did not measure up to the other four, all of which are superb. Oddsfish seems tired or tiresome, and it was difficult to care much what happens to any of the characters. To those who have read and loved any of the other four in the series as I have, I would say skip Oddsfish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.E. Kaye on January 15, 2014
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This is another splendid book carefully crafted by Fr. Benson, and as another reviewer put it, a real "screen tapper"! This was my fourth Benson novel, and all of them don't just engage, they grab. I liked that this novel is written as a first person narrative, as it gives us all of the main character Roger Mallock, with his youthful doubts, dreams, follies and ideals. He is likeable and wholly believable, a complicated mix of man of action and aesthete. But what shines forth most brightly is Roger's capacity to love, even, and especially, when it is undeserved. But don't think that the above comes at the expense of action--no! There is plenty of suspense, intrigue, tragedy and thrills. Curl up with a cuppa and enjoy the ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mountrath on August 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Another excellent novel by Robert Hugh Benson. Covers one of the periods of anti-Catholic hysteria in England. Set near the end of the reign of Charles II. Evidently old hatreds never die - it was recently noted that still no Catholic may be king and/or be married to a Catholic. This novel seems to be very accurate historically and is well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gayle L. Schnepp on March 28, 2013
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This is probably the best laid-out and plotted book of Benson's. For a tale of the 17th century, it's got all the "modern" elements of tension and suspense. If it was a "real" book I'd say it was quite a page turner....I guess for the Kindle edition it would have to be a screen-tapper or something like that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darby O'Gill on June 30, 2012
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I disagree with the Oregon reviewer.This is a fine book and gives insight into the real hatred of the Catholic Faith rampant in the English Royalty. God Bless King Charles II .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ford on January 1, 2013
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Nineteenth and early twentieth century writers, if they were good, were usually quite good at description and establishing time and place. Benson is one of the good ones. He writes of a time little visited in the imagination, the late 17th century and describes England under Charles II. Particularly, he describes the situation of Catholics and their hope for equal footing with the ruling Protestants. The politics, religious issues, the society are well portrayed. Like most early 20th century writers, Benson's pace is slower than the novelists of today. With patience, the reader will be rewarded.
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