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Old 01-18-2011, 07:51 PM   #1
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Doyle, Arthur Conan: Rodney Stone. V1. 18 Jan 2011

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non-fiction.

Rodney Stone is a historical novel about boxing during the Regency period, that curiously brings together Lord Nelson and the sport of boxing. Doyle had always been fond of boxing, had reveled in the history of the prize-ring, and in Rodney Stone his enthusiasm and knowledge are apparent.. As usual the action-episodes are first-rate; and as usual the historical personages are not an integral part of the story, but Doyle wanted to reconstruct an age, and so Nelson, the Prince Regent, Sheridan, Fox, Beau Brummell, and others, pop in and out of the pages for the sole purpose of creating a "period piece." Arthur Conan Doyle believed that this book was an important factor in the surge of interest in boxing after the turn of the century.
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Many thanks for uploading this book. The standard of proof-reading and formatting is excellent. I only noticed one very minor typographical error (I'm sorry I didn't note the location) and it did nothing to detract from my enjoyment.

The book itself offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of prize-fighting in the early 19th century, and especially the contrasting lives of the so-called Corinthians (the rich dandies who patronised the sport) and the pugilists themselves. The climactic fight scene is as exciting as anything that Conan Doyle has written. There's also a nice murder mystery to sweeten the plot. Don't be put off by the slow-ish start; once you get past the long opening paragraphs, the story moves along at a good pace.

One minor correction to the above description: The prince mentioned in the description is the Prince of Wales; he didn't become Prince Regent until the formal start of the Regency in 1811 (in the book, he is always referred to simply as the Prince).

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