The Scandal of Father Brown

The Scandal of Father Brown Another collection of G K Chesterton s ingenious thoughtful and lyrically written mystery stories featuring the unassuming little priest who solves crimes by imagining himself inside the mind and so

  • Title: The Scandal of Father Brown
  • Author: G.K. Chesterton
  • ISBN: 9781600964497
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Another collection of G.K Chesterton s ingenious, thoughtful, and lyrically written mystery stories featuring the unassuming little priest who solves crimes by imagining himself inside the mind and soul of criminals, thus understanding their motives The stories are full of paradox, spiritual insight, and Chestertonian fantasy, or seeing the extraordinary in the ordinarAnother collection of G.K Chesterton s ingenious, thoughtful, and lyrically written mystery stories featuring the unassuming little priest who solves crimes by imagining himself inside the mind and soul of criminals, thus understanding their motives The stories are full of paradox, spiritual insight, and Chestertonian fantasy, or seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary In the title story, a beautiful and married rich woman has taken up with a distinguished poet and Father Brown, rather than reacting as expected, appears to be providing assistance Also includes The Quick One, The Blast of the Book, The Green Man, The Pursuit of Mr Blue, The Crime of the Communist, The Point of a Pin, The Insoluble Problem, and The Vampire of the Village Newly designed and typeset in a modern 6 by 9 inch format by Waking Lion Press.

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    1. The last compilation of Father Brown stories. I have an early edition of the book; the later ones include one more story, The Vampire of the Village. So my edition (available from Project Gutenberg Canada) has eight short stories. This by the way means there are two more stories, The Donnington Affair and The Mask of Midas which are usually not included in any anthologies. I am happy to say the lightheartedness of the first book is back, at least in one story. I am not going to spoil it even by [...]

    2. Δεν υπάρχει καμιά πιθανότητα ο Γκράχαμ Γκρην και ο Σόμερσετ Μωμ να μην είχαν διαβάσει Τσέστερτον. Αυτό όμως δυστυχώς δεν είναι κάτι περισσότερο από ένα προπαρασκευαστικό. Αρκεί όμως σε οποιονδήποτε από ‘σας ταυτόχρονα αγαπάει αυτούς τους δυο συγγραφείς για να διαβάσει Τσ [...]

    3. The reason Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is more famous and celebrated than G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown is that Holmes is just a more compulsive character. He is passionate, unpredictable, capable of calm observation, but also moments of high agitation. As London’s foremost consulting detective, everybody knows who he is and he always puts on a show for them, clearly taking great delight in the big reveal – like a cat which has procured the keys to a cream store. Father Brown o [...]

    4. I love Father Brown's smackdown to a racist:"Well, there was a Dago, or possibly a Wop, called Julius Caesar. He was afterwards killed in a stabbing match; you know these Dagos always use knives. And there was another one called Augustine, who brought Christianity to our little island; and really, I don't think we should have had much civilisation without those two."

    5. I hate to rate Chesterton with only 3 stars, but this wasn't my favorite. Lord Peter is funnier. And some of these stories required a great leap of faith to solve. Just ok.

    6. The Father Brown Stories one either loves them or not and I do.Lecture 69: The Scandal of Father Brownby DALE AHLQUISTAccording to G.K. Chesterton, every character in a novel is only the author in disguise. We certainly have evidence of this from Chesterton’s own fiction. Indeed, one of the standard criticisms of it is that all the characters sound like Chesterton. Perhaps the thinnest disguise Chesterton ever wears in the pages of a book is when he becomes Innocent Smith in Manalive. But one [...]

    7. This book turned up my favorite G.K. Chesterton quotation in the whole Father Brown series: "People who lose all their charity generally lose all their logic." That's a keeper. Other than that, Chesterton is just not my favorite mystery writer. He has a beautiful way of turning a phrase, but I don't think he's at all good at constructing a story. Many of his characters are predictable or repetitive (I learned early to look for the character with odd facial hair, because that was usually covering [...]

    8. I really liked it! Also, conveniently for where I was in my reading life, the short and self-contained chapters were so much better than a longer, more complex plot would have been.

    9. Gilbert Keith Chesterton –uno de los escritores británicos más afamados y esclarecidos del pasado siglo, que incursionó en el ensayo, la narración, la biografía, la poesía, el periodismo y el relato de viajes– creó uno de los personajes más memorables del género detectivesco, del cual escribió más de cincuenta relatos, recopilados en cinco volúmenes; de ellos, leí recientemente “El escándalo del Padre Brown”, una breve pero sustanciosa alhaja.La genialidad del detective-sac [...]

    10. Being a huge G. K. Chesterton fan, I am sad that I have now finished all of Chesterton's Father Brown stories. There may be some unpublished or unreleased tales that I have been unable to unearth as of yet, but I think that most of them have been collected over the years. In this last collection of Father Brown episodes, Chesterton continues to have his protagonist solve crimes by observation and use of a knowledge of human nature, albeit sometimes Chesterton's views intrude on the good Father's [...]

    11. What has Father Brown gotten himself into, now?In the first story from which the book takes its name, Father Brown is staying in a hotel where a love triangle is reaching its culmination and Father Brown is in the very middle of it!The other stories are just as clever in this last of the Father Brown books. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A very interesting series. The sharp-witted short-sighted dumpy little priest from England who relies on human nature and his experiences and friendship with [...]

    12. Nine short stories are collected in this volume, in which the unassuming, placid Father Brown solves puzzles, most often murder mysteries. These are not mysteries that the reader is given a full opportunity to solve. Aside from "The Blast Of the Book," a winking look at what people assume and believe, and "The Green Man," a smart tale based on a slip of the tongue, the strength of these tales is in description and dialogue, especially Brown's wistful ruminations of people, not in revealed clues. [...]

    13. Here are some short detective stories to rival Agatha Christie. A wonderful book, I recommend for everyone you likes detective novels. Personally I love the way Chesterton writes.One thing I noticed is how perfect Father Brown is. It seems that all the great detectives out there have some obvious flaw; Sherlock Holmes was a drug addict, smoker, and a rather rude, unfriendly, very arrogant person. Poirot admitted to having a major flaw in his pride. But Father Brown is humble, courteous to a faul [...]

    14. "The Scandal of Father Brown", by G.K. Chesterton, is a series of 9 stories from the 1930's. (The book was published in 1935.) As I mentioned in my reviews of previous Father Brown collections, I think their idea of "short" stories back then was a little different from mine today, since this group seemed to average about 30 screen pages each. But generally, I again enjoyed this look back in early 20th-century mystery fiction, even though the prose could be a bit turgid at times, and even though [...]

    15. Chesterton writes in a fashion we might call formalist. His hero is always cool and calm. He solves crimes with erudition and observation. His nemeses are psychics, lawyers, men of letters. The charm in these tales is in their respect for the classic mystery tradition. The language seems almost baroque to the modern reader.But Father Brown never disappoints. With care and calculation, he always gets his man. Cloudy day at the beach. A perfect escape to another era.

    16. A fun little read. Though I noticed a long time ago that a lot of these mystery writers have the tendancy to cheat. Usually by including things in the solution that you had no idea about because they were never mentioned. A few I figured outright. Father Brown is a pretty decent character. He seems to be able to figure things out a tad too easily without actually having to do anything to come to his conclusions. And he never seems to actually work.

    17. I love detective stories, particularly when the story's detective is full of clever remarks and intriguing paradoxes. After reading books like Orthodoxy and Heretics, Father Brown sounded a whole lot like Chesterton, very smart and very likable. Recommended for Sherlock Holmes fans.ough I'll bet a lot of you smart ones will figure out the endings. But the stories are still fun to read.

    18. El padre Brown no es para todos los gustos, pero vale la pena darle una oportunidad. Son historias cortas de intriga muy distintas a las de Conan Doyle o Agatha Christie, apenas hay acción, todo es muy intelectual, y el estilo de Chesterton también es peculiar. POr eso mismo vale la pena leerlo: es una clase de literatura policíaca muy diferente a la que estamos acostumbrados a leer. Sorprendente.

    19. I finished all of the Father Brown stories, a bittersweet event. The stories are great, Chesterton has wonderful prose, and his observations concerning people are insightful. I wish there were more to read; will just have to read Chesterton's other fiction. Man Who Was Thursday was a great story.

    20. Chesterton, G.K.The Penguin Complete Father BrownIn compilation only.1) The Scandal of Father Brown2) The Quick One3) The Blast of the Book4) The Green Man5) The Pursuit of Mr. Blue6) The Crime of the Communist7) The Point of a Pin8) The Insoluble Problem9) The Vampire of the Village

    21. This book was enjoyable. A highly poetic book of detective stories. The world of Father Brown is surreal, to say the least. I enjoyed many of his thoughts, and the solution to the eponymous first story.

    22. I was pleasantly surprised by the King of the Paradox's take on the detective novel -- no chain of deductive reasoning for Father Brown, just a trap that springs shut in the opening paragraphs and pages of delightful reveal for the reader.

    23. I think the highest praise that I can offer is that when I came to the last story in this last collection of Father Brown tales my immediate thought was "darn it, I've run out of them!"

    24. G.K. Chesterton's unassuming little Padre is amazing. These stories are perfect little bite size mysteries that can be enjoyed by all, Catholic and otherwise.

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