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An African Millionaire

Grant Allen

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Leaders and with Orchardsons. This result was first arrived at by a singular accident. Sir Charles wanted a leader—for his coach, you understand—and told an artistic friend so. The artistic friend brought him a Leader next week with a capital L; and Sir Charles was so taken aback that he felt ashamed to confess the error. So he was turned unawares into a patron of painting.

Dr. Polperro, in spite of his too pronouncedly artistic talk, proved on closer view a most agreeable companion. He diversified his art cleverly with anecdotes and scandals; he told us exactly which famous painters had married their cooks, and which had only married their models; and otherwise showed himself a most diverting talker. Among other things, however, he happened to mention once that he had recently discovered a genuine Rembrandt—a quite undoubted Rembrandt, which had remained for years in the keeping of a certain obscure Dutch family. It had always been allowed . . . Read More

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A rogue with two devoted wives (who the final scenes indicate are extremely close so whether V or triad is up to you), a master of disguise, and a wiseass Robin Hood socialist? Heyooo, why have I never heard of this book until now? Yes, most of his antics are slimy and underhanded, but the target he

This series is a little gem. The gentleman thief known as Colonel Clay cons the same South African Millionaire, Sir Charles Vandrift again and again in a series of clever short stories. It is immensely satisfying to read how the pompous Vandrift and his equally demanding wife are tricked out of thei

An African Millionaire (1897) by Grant Allen is one of the first books to feature a "gentleman crook." Colonel Cuthbert Clay (his alias) is a master of disguise and an ingenious con man who sets his sights on the South African Millionaire, Sir Charles Vandrift. Vandrift is a man of dubious morality

This brilliant series of fast-paced rogueries, laced with wicked wit, proves that Victorian authors could be as brisk and funny as a modern newspaper column. Sadly now forgotten, Grant Allen - who wrote between 1877-1899 - is a master of language and under-stated irony. These tales relate the battle

This is a funny book -- satire, but not biting. A millionaire keeps on getting taken by a modern day Robin Hood. And when he finally catches him.... well, you'll just have to read it. Fair to say the millionaire and the 'hood' develop a relationship. Told from the POV of the millionaire's secretary,

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