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The Doings of Raffles Haw

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Arthur Conan Doyle, best known as the author of Sherlock Holmes, brings us the mysterious Raffles Haw. Robert McIntyre and his sister Laura have fallen on hard times. Their father has been driven into bankruptcy and near madness and alcoholism by commercial reverses and the death of his wife. The family has retreated to a house in the country, living on a small bequest fro ...more
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Published (first published 1919)
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Tony
THE DOINGS OF RAFFLES HAW. (1891). Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. ***.
This was a short novel by Doyle, dashed off to make enough money to finance his trip to Vienna to attend an “eye” symposium. Remember: Doyle was a practicing opthamologist at the time. The story is trivial. A rich man arrives in a small village in England and procedes to build a multistory building to house his collection of riches – jewels, paintings, books, and other objects. The first person he meets is a young woman who is one o
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C.C. Thomas
Jul 26, 2011 C.C. Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
Raffles Haw is the new guy in town and the whole population is atwitter with gossip. When his home is overtaken by workmen and strange boxes are seen coming and going, it only adds to the intrigue. Robert and Laura are his nearest neighbors and are soon delighted to meet this eccentric new addition to the small English town.

When the brother and sister pair find out how filthy rich Haw is they swear to remain untouched by his wealth. That much money, though? What would you do?

This is an interesti
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Stacy
Mar 21, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story and was impressed by the departure from Conan Doyle's usual style. The story is difficult to classify as it had elements of science fiction in it (alchemy and machines that dispensed coffee or wine at the press of a button and floors that receded into a pit), as well as romance, mystery and a moral theme. It closely adheres to the Victorian style of literature which I loved and it seemed that in it, Conan Doyle was striving to get a deeper idea of the motivations of h ...more
Phil Clymer
Sep 10, 2014 Phil Clymer rated it really liked it
This is another gem that has been overshadowed by Sherlock. It is a tale of a young scientist who discovers a key to great wealth, and how the wealth affects both the scientist and those around him.
Scott Harris
Feb 23, 2013 Scott Harris rated it really liked it
A mysterious rich man, a desperate father, an ambitious daughter and the semi-detached and naive hero form the cast of this somewhat surprising Doyle piece. It has mystery, metallurgy and momentum. It is shorter than many of Doyle's other writings so it is a fairly quick read but certainly captures the attention of the reader. On some levels, the beginning makes you thin you are reading a Victorian romance before you realize that Doyle's sense of intrigue has been there all along.
Laura Verret
Quite sad and a bit depressing. An incredibly rich man moves into a neighborhood filled with non-afluent people. The book is a study on the influence that his wealth had and the changes which were wrought in the McIntyre family because of it. It also reveals the secret of Haw's immense fortune. The 'scientific' aspects of the book reminded me quite a bit of Jules Verne's works.
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Pip
Oct 07, 2014 Pip rated it really liked it
An interesting short story about the inevitable draw of money.
Ange
Aug 09, 2012 Ange rated it really liked it
Fun. As the afterword say, it "is a moral tale, a parable."
Юля Буякова
Неплохое произведение о том, что делают легкие деньги с людьми.
Christina
Apr 20, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A story about the effect wealth can have on people.
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record
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