Helen reviews Free Books

The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesterton

Posted on: June 20, 2011

Please do not confuse the Man Who Knew Too Much by GK Chesterton with the Hitchcock or Truffaut films of the same name.

They are completely different and another possible Hollywood deception.

Horne Fisher is the Man and while these detective stories feel a little similar to those of Sherlock Holmes; Fisher doesn’t carry the smug arrogance that Holmes seems to.

In fact, he feels disgusted for what he knows about people’s behaviour and society in general.

A knowledge he uses to solve the variety of crimes committed.

Partnering with his journalist friend, Harold March, we go through a series of eight stories of human betrayal, theft and murder.

All stories are quite poetic and I was left with a sense of sorrow for Fisher and his burden.

It is a short and relatively easy read of about 166 pages and because it is broken up into a series of short stories, it is easy to put down and a joy to pick up again.

As usual, it can be found at Project Gutenberg in a variety of electronic formats.

The printed version can be found at Amazon.com and other booksellers.


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  • Mary: I just finished "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and I have to say that in my 58 years of reading that it is by far the best book I've ever read. I can't believe
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