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Oddsfish! by Robert Hugh Benson, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Classics

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Interwoven with the accurately portrayed events and places of the time are fictitious characters, including the narrator, Mr. Roger Mallock and his cousin and lady-love Dolly. Sent by Pope Innocent XI to Charles' court as a diplomatic representative of the Vatican, Mallock becomes a trusted confidant of the King and acts upon Charles's deathbed wish to give his confession Interwoven with the accurately portrayed events and places of the time are fictitious characters, including the narrator, Mr. Roger Mallock and his cousin and lady-love Dolly. Sent by Pope Innocent XI to Charles' court as a diplomatic representative of the Vatican, Mallock becomes a trusted confidant of the King and acts upon Charles's deathbed wish to give his confession to, and receive absolution from, a Catholic priest.


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Interwoven with the accurately portrayed events and places of the time are fictitious characters, including the narrator, Mr. Roger Mallock and his cousin and lady-love Dolly. Sent by Pope Innocent XI to Charles' court as a diplomatic representative of the Vatican, Mallock becomes a trusted confidant of the King and acts upon Charles's deathbed wish to give his confession Interwoven with the accurately portrayed events and places of the time are fictitious characters, including the narrator, Mr. Roger Mallock and his cousin and lady-love Dolly. Sent by Pope Innocent XI to Charles' court as a diplomatic representative of the Vatican, Mallock becomes a trusted confidant of the King and acts upon Charles's deathbed wish to give his confession to, and receive absolution from, a Catholic priest.

30 review for Oddsfish! by Robert Hugh Benson, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Classics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    For the first half of the book, I thought that Robert Hugh Benson was not making a good end of his historical novels; by the end I was exerting all the strength I could spare from reading to keep my crying unnoticeable to the others in the room. I do not often cry while reading. It takes very skillful, very true writing to bring me to tears. Therefore I give this story five stars. Read it. I can't say much without giving away the ending, but let's just say that it gives one a lot to think about For the first half of the book, I thought that Robert Hugh Benson was not making a good end of his historical novels; by the end I was exerting all the strength I could spare from reading to keep my crying unnoticeable to the others in the room. I do not often cry while reading. It takes very skillful, very true writing to bring me to tears. Therefore I give this story five stars. Read it. I can't say much without giving away the ending, but let's just say that it gives one a lot to think about! I reverse my first impression and declare that Robert Hugh Benson is solid gold to the very end.

  2. 5 out of 5

    The Hofs

    This only appealed to me while in the depths of boredom of summer. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. My entire family was adequately impressed with Robert Hugh Benson, the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury who was also an Anglican priest before he converted to Catholicism. If you can find it, read it! You wont be disapointed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Fellows

    The story cannot quite bear the weight of all the research, and staggers under masses of information and a cast of thousands of name-dropped historical figures. If the title character had been more glancingly associated with the intrigues of the later years of Charles II's reign, and had more of an arc of his own, it would have been much more satisfactory, methinks. (view spoiler)[Poor Dolly! It was obvious from the start that she was doomed and the narrator would end up a monk. Also, has anyone The story cannot quite bear the weight of all the research, and staggers under masses of information and a cast of thousands of name-dropped historical figures. If the title character had been more glancingly associated with the intrigues of the later years of Charles II's reign, and had more of an arc of his own, it would have been much more satisfactory, methinks. (view spoiler)[Poor Dolly! It was obvious from the start that she was doomed and the narrator would end up a monk. Also, has anyone else noticed that the fathers in Msgr. Benson's novels are either absent or dreadful? I can't recall any decent ones. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Doobes

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karbonforge

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Holster

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan Kuo

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joan Moore

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jaime R

  12. 4 out of 5

    Walter D.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Clare

  14. 4 out of 5

    diane wilson

  15. 5 out of 5

    Enrique

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dawn M Rock

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nancie

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Pratt

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jo Neal

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

  21. 4 out of 5

    Remitriy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carleen

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rita

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kymberly Helton

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barbara J Martinez

  26. 4 out of 5

    Drew

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pam Hasker

  28. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Watson

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chelsi Emmons

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