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Favorite Father Brown Stories by G.K. Chesterton

Chestertons Father Brown character is a Catholic priest who has a deep appreciation of human nature and an uncanny ability to unravel puzzles related to its worst sins, all while remaining unflappable. This edition by Dover includes six stories from different collections, so there is a bit of disconnect when the villain in the first becomes Father Browns companion and friend in the second.(Presumably this is explain in another story thats not included in the collection.)

The Father Brown stories arent mysteries, at least not in the form that modern readers are used to (and since I dont generally read mysteries, I base this on a vague understanding of the genre rather than experience). For instance, the point of view of the stories is a very limited omniscient that occasionally descends into Father Browns head. In this way, Chesterton leaves all the discovery to Father Brown as well as all the explanation. Only at the end of each story do we even know what the crime is, but we finish it satisfied that Father Brown was never stumped by each odd, perplexing situation.

Perhaps its his Victorian roots, but Chesterton has a deft way with atmosphere in these stories. Without ever introducing trolls or magic, he nevertheless transports his reader into strange worlds hidden in plain sight, leaving an eerie, shivery sense that the reader has brushed up against evil. Its no wonder that Neil Gaiman quotes him in his prescript to his novel Coraline. Short, rather dumpy Father Brown never fails to bring the reader through these worlds and out to safety.
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Chesterton's "The Innocence of Father Brown"

Between the silver ribbon of morning and the green glittering ribbon of sea, the boat touched Harwich and let loose a swarm of folk like flies, among whom the man we must follow was by no means conspicuous—nor wished to be. In the cool blue twilight of two steep streets in Camden Town, the shop at the corner, a confectioner's, glowed like the butt of a cigar. His friend and opponent George Bernard Shaw called him a "colossal genius". If we no longer consider G. Chesterton a colossal genius, it is not because we consider him any The Innocence of Father Brown is the first of five collections of mystery stories featuring Chesterton's canny priest.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton started writing when he was still very young. He published hundreds of books and essays. His work consists of novels, short stories, poems and biographies. Furthermore, they are the form of art in which he was most successful. You can call them his masterpiece. The Father Brown Stories consist of five books. Two of them are pre-War.

Chesterton was one of the greatest and most prolific writers of the 20th century. A convert to Catholicism, he is well known for his Father Brown mystery stories and for his reasoned defense of the Christian faith. Learn More. Find a Local Society. Read and discuss Chesterton with others in your community.

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You say: "Holmes is so egotistical, moody, and he overpowers the stories, while Father Brown hovers in the background, quiet, calm, supremely rational. For Chesterton, I enjoyed the religious elements, the literary element, and so forth. But in the end, I did not put Father Brown on a list of favorite reads. I am just not a mystery fan and much as I wished Father Brown to be something other than mystery, in the end it still was a mystery. Loved the Mand Who Was Thursday! I'm not a mystery reader but when I do read a mystery I like them to be, well, kind of like you describe the Father Brown stories.

Share on:. Having read many of the Father Brown short stories before, and after really enjoying the recent screen version, I jumped at the chance to get hold of this TV tie-in omnibus. The little cleric who has such a mild manner, but a keen knowledge of human evil, is one of my favourite detectives, and it was a pleasure to be able to read this complete collection of his stories. As with any long-running series, the quality here is a little varied — for me, early stories The Hammer of God and The Eye of Apollo are two of the greatest crime stories ever written, while a few from the later collections are perhaps slightly weak, at least in comparison to that pair. With that said, the vast majority of the stories are really enjoyable, and to have them all in one volume is wonderful. As long as you bear that in mind, this is a high recommendation for fans of classic crime fiction, and outstanding value for money. For more classic crime, I'm becoming a huge fan of Sax Rohmer's, despite the outdated attitudes.

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  1. Brian C. says:

    Before he began writing his Father Brown stories, G. K. Chesterton had already published one book of detective fiction. In The Man Who Was Thursday.

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