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Language: English
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The author of the book: G.K. Chesterton
Edition: Echo Library
Date of issue: December 18th 2007
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This collection contains eight short Father Brown mysteries. The guy justifiably earned his place among the greatest detectives of all time. He is probably the most harmless of them all. Consider Sherlock Holmes as an example: he never shied away from a little action and was in a fairly good physical shape.

If you recall famous American hard-boiled detectives: Sam Spade, Continental Op, Philip Marlowe, and Lew Archer - these guys took and delivered quite a lot of beating during their investigations.

Father Brown is as timid as they make them: from his description he looks even less prone to violence than a typical old maiden Miss Marple.


As such while almost all of these stories deal with murders they are never about catching the culprit: Father Brown's task is to just expose him/her. The mysteries themselves are quite complicated (some of them I would even call too complicated) with some paradoxes thrown in for a good measure. The resolution of the paradoxes are at times trivial (once they are explained), sometimes implausible, and sometimes why-the-hell-have-not-I-think-about-it type. With all of them I think Chesterton have to be credited with creation some of the tropes even modern mysteries and thrillers still use - I can think of at least two out of the top of my head.

I am done with my praise, now it is time for some criticism. It looks like Chesterton was deeply religious person and he never missed a chance to show how feeble-minded and prone to superstitions the minds of atheists are. In fact the acting Catholic priest Father Brown always appears to be least superstitions of all present characters.

As an atheist the appropriate modern reaction would be to shout to the whole world (which really does not care) that I am offended and rate this book with 1 star. Being old-school I just laughed at it and ignored it; I do judge this book on all its merits.

The writing style makes for slow read - I cannot even figure out the reason for this. The first collection was more lighthearted; the second and this books failed to capture the lightheartedness again. This would be only part of the reason, but this is the only one I can think of.

The rating is 3.5 stars. I though about rounding it down until I finished the last story dealing with evil Bolsheviks; the final words of Father Brown (and through him the author's) were nothing short of prophetic; they were not related to Bolsheviks by the way.

I was very much impressed and as a result the rating was rounded up: 4 stars.


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Ebook The Incredulity of Father Brown -1926 read Online! Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News. He also edited his own newspaper, G.K.’s Weekly.

Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.


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