The Father Brown Stories

The Father Brown StoriesForty Nine Quietly Sensational Cases Investigated By The High Priest Of Detective FictionFATHER BROWNImmortalized In These Famous Stories, GK Chesterton S Endearing Amateur Sleuth Has Entertained Countless Generations Of Readers For, As His Admirers Know, Father Brown S Cherubic Face And Unworldly Simplicity, His Glasses And His Huge Umbrella, Disguise A Quite Uncanny Understanding Of The Criminal Mind At WorkThis Penguin Omnibus Edition Contains The Innocence Of Father Brown The Wisdom Of Father Brown The Incredulity Of Father Brown The Secret Of Father Brown The Scandal Of Father Brown

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 , hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi

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  • Paperback
  • 718 pages
  • The Father Brown Stories
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • English
  • 25 December 2018
  • 9780140097665

10 thoughts on “The Father Brown Stories

  1. says:

    Prima opera di Chesterton che leggo Questa edizione una raccolta di tutti i racconti di Padre Brown, divisa in cinque libri qua tutti riuniti in questo unico volumone Dar un voto ad ogni racconto, per poi fare la media ad ogni libro IL CANDORE DI PADRE BROWN media voti 3 I La croce azzurra 4 5II Il giardino segreto 2 5III Gli strani passi 5 5IV Le Stelle Volanti 3 5V L uomo invisibile 2 5VI L onore di Israel Gow 3 5VII La forma errata 2 5VIII I peccati del Principe Saradine 3 5IX Il martello di Dio 5 5X L occhio di Apollo 2 5XI All insegna della spada spezzata 3 5XII I tre strumenti di morte 4 5LA SAGGEZZA DI PADRE BROWNI L assenza del signor Glass 3 5II Il Paradiso dei Ladri 4 5III Il duello del dottor Hirsch 5 5IV L uomo nel vicoloV L errore della macchinaVI La testa di CesareVII La parrucca violaceaVIII La morte dei PendragonIX Il Dio dei GongX L insalata del Colonnello CrayXI Lo strano delitto di John BoulnoisXII La favola di Padre BrownL INCREDULIT DI PADRE BROWNI La resurrezione di Padre BrownII La freccia del destinoIII L oracolo del caneIV Il miracolo della MezzalunaV La maledizione della croce d oroVI Il pugnale alatoVII La maledizione dei DarnawayVIII Lo spettro di Gideon WiseIL SEGRETO DI PADRE BROWNI Lo specchio del MagistratoII L uomo con due barbeIII La canzone dei pesci volantiIV L alibi degli attoriV La sparizione di VaudreyVI Il peggior crimine del mondoVII La Luna Rossa di MeruVIII Il grande dolente di MarneIX Il segreto di FlambeauLO SCANDALO DI PADRE BROWNI Lo scandalo di Padre BrownII Lo Svelto III La maledizione del libroIV L Uomo Verde V L inseguimento del signor BlueVI Il crimine del comunistaVII La punta di uno spilloVIII Il problema irrisolvibileIX Il vampiro del villaggio

  2. says:

    The omnibus is the exhaustive collection of G.K Chesterton s Father Brown short stories If you ve got a taste for detective stories and clever, British tones, then you ll love it The omnibus is huge and I ve been working through it for about 8 months Take it a story at a time with a cup of hot tea and low lighting

  3. says:

    I feel kind of harsh giving this book 2 stars, since I really enjoyed the first five stories, which were the ones I was reading for university In fact, I enjoyed them so much I decided to carry on reading this 700 odd page anthology, even though the required reading for the module was only the first 125pp or so Taken on its own, Book 1, The Innocence of Father Brown , would have easily earned an extra star or two from me Book 2, The Wisdom of Father Brown , was still fun to read, but I found the stories were starting to feel either slightly repetitive, as Chesterton resorted to similar plots as those he used in the first collection, or confusing and unsatisfying in their resolutions I only made it halfway through the second story in Book 3, The Incredulity of Father Brown , before giving up I just wasn t being drawn in by the premise any , especially as Father Brown was by now inexplicably transplanted from his quaint English parish to a globe trotting career as spiritual adviser to the rich and famous in the Americas Seriously, did I miss something there Usually I m loath to give up on a book, but this downturn occurred just shy of the collection s halfway mark, and I decided that on this occasion it was simply an unjustified investment of my time to hang on to the end, 400 or so pages away, just to see if things improved.Not that I m accusing Chesterton of being a bad writer he s funny and his characters are engaging in ways that make up for the odd unbelievable moment or plot hole, the sort that are to be found in any long running detective series But, as the introduction to the volume informed me when I turned to it for answers, the author was writing from Book 3 onwards under some duress Like Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, Chesterton had grown tired of his signature creation and wanted to retire him as with Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, public demand for Father Brown stories eventually wore down the author s resistance but unlike Conan Doyle and Christie, Chesterton does not, to my mind, succeed in hiding his boredom with the series The situations become outlandish as if to make up for the fact that the endearing heart of the original few stories has gone And for me, it just didn t work.I think that perhaps I d have had patience with this series if I d been reading the five or six original collections separately, rather than in one complete volume I love Agatha Christie, particularly the Hercule Poirot series, but I think I d get bored reading all the Poirot stories back to back in a single collection, too this style of presentation does serve to highlight some of the repetitions and escalations that are present in most long running detective series, but that aren t particularly obvious or bothersome if you read them with a decent gap in between I hope to come back to my copy of the Complete Father Brown some day, with fresh eyes and a few other books to read alongside it, to break it up into stand alone short stories as they were originally intended to be read In the meantime, I d recommend anyone who loves detective fiction to go out and find a copy of The Innocence of Father Brown , but to consider reading it and judging it by itself and on its own merits, rather than using this collection as an introduction to the character and the series.

  4. says:

    Oh myhow much do I love Father Brown I don t have a crush on him like I do on Lord Peter Wimsey, but he s so wise and compassionate and unassuming that I wish he was my priest Not that I have a priest, or would really know what to do if I did But that s how much I like him.

  5. says:

    I so enjoy dipping into these time and again One brief story before I have to cook supper one story before bed A story read out loud to change the mood of intractable children one story to remind me again of the forgotten joy of being human.Sometimes I read reviews of older literature and someone is often angsting about the book offending entire classes of people I find I would rather read an old book that assumes women are weak than a new book that assumes they must be sexually aggressive in explicit ways And if I fall into a category that is supposedly offended, why just let me alone to deal with the offense on my own, or accept that I find no offense whatsoever The Father Brown mysteries do get strecthed thin at times There are just too many of them not to At the same time, they are well done, many are nearly perfect in timing, mood, and reasoning The characters are interesting The religious melding of thinking and feeling is SUCH a breath of fresh air in our day of artificial boundaries between science and faith, or thinking and feeling Those boundaries are stupid They are like the man looking at himself in the mirror and deciding that his head is important than his heart, or that his brain is the only thing in his head that thinks Anyway, Father Brown makes for wonderful mystery stories, fantastic doses of irony, finely chiselled humor, and all well supprtive of Christianity, true reasoning, absolute truth, and decent humanity.I am so glad I discovered these.Our paper copy has suffered in its loyal service to our reading needs in the family I am pleased to say that we now have digital copies on the kindle I ve come back to add a little detail because I am working my way through the series again Resurrection of Father Brown continues to be my favorite, or next to fave including The Blue Cross The God of the Gong actually horrified me than last time with the nasty comments about lynching and so on These stories run the gamut Some almost make no sense whatsoever Others shine like jewels on display in a museum.

  6. says:

    Father Brown is simply one of the best characters ever created a blend of brilliance, joy, and simplicity The stories are engaging, the endings are believable, sometimes even solvable, but never obviously predictable or boring With five volumes, there are inevitably certain similarities in some stories, but Chesterton finds a way to make each story unique The first two volumes The Innocence and Wisdom of Father Brown are the best, but some excellent stories are sprinkled throughout the other three volumes, and I didn t think any story disappointed Fans of Chesterton or fans of mysteries of this era Dorothy Sayers Lord Peter Wimsey, Agatha Christie s Hercule Poirot, or slightly earlier Doyle s Sherlock Holmes will love Father Brown.

  7. says:

    Father Brown is to psychology what Sherlock Holmes is to material evidence Re reading these last Fall, I found that the chief pleasure and merit of the Father Brown mystery stories is getting inside the mind of Chesterton himself The stories themselves are uneven in worth I got the impression that Chesterton churned them out, occasionally pausing over insurmountable implausibilities and plot defects but then just moving on with a shrug Even so, they are fully as clever as any television detective episode I ve seen and the nuggets of psychological wisdom are delightful.

  8. says:

    I notice that it has taken me two months exactly to read this omnibus of all the Father Brown stories Father Brown is unlike any other detective in fiction His approach to solving crime usually murders is to imagine himself as the murderer I had planned out each of the crimes very carefully, went on Father Brown, I had thought out exactly how a thing like that could be done, and in what style or state of mind a man could really do it And when I was quite sure that I felt exactly like the murderer myself, of course I knew who he was And when you spoke merely in defence of your friend no, sir, I can t imagine any gentleman double crossing another under such circumstances it would be a damned sight better to be a dirty informer and sell men s blood for money But in a case like this Could you conceive any man being such a Judas I could try said Father Brown.It is quite obvious from his writing that Chesterton was a brilliant man He is sometimes difficult to follow impossible, in fact, for a casual reader The reader must read carefully to understand his meanings But his writing is not only cerebral, but beautifully descriptive and poetic, if sometimes a bit dark or gruesome, but always his descriptions set an atmosphere.It was one of those rare atmospheres in which a smoked glass slide seems to have been slid away from between us and Nature so that even dark colours on that day look gorgeous than bright colours on the cloudier days the blood was crawling out from under his fallen face like a pattern of scarlet snakes that glittered evilly in that unnatural subterranean light the tree tops in front of them stood up like pale green flames against a sky steadily blackening with storm, through every shade of purple and violet The same light struck strips of the lawn and garden beds and whatever it illuminated seemed mysteriously sombre and secret for the light The garden bed was dotted with tulips that looked like drops of dark blood, and some of which one might have sworn were truly black .It is not a surprise that Chesterton s writings as saturated, as it were, with his religious beliefs doubly so since his hero is a Roman Catholic priest Father Brown s character is complex and sometimes seems to hold contradictory views He upholds traditional values, and so would be today classified Conservative And yet he is very much on the side of the so called common people the workers, the poor, the rag dressed beggars Most would today call that a Liberal view And yet in Chesterton s Christianity, that is the orthodox view it follows the teachings of Christ.I deliberately read this slowly I allowed myself two or three stories per day, and I think this is the most effective and beneficial way of reading it I didn t read from it every day, and thus I didn t tire of so many stories back to back.One final note this book was published in 1899, and it contains many slang words relating to ethnicities that are considered offensive and taboo today There are points at which Father Brown s character makes statements that a modern reader will interpret as racist I tried not to judge this book published over 100 years ago by my modern sensibilities If you have less tolerance for this sort of thing, you might want to skip it Honestly, there was one story that was so bad that I skimmed over it The God of the Gongs in The Wisdom of Father Brown had virtually no redeeming features That is why I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 because while I try not to judge older writings for this aspect, still, it lessens my enjoyment.

  9. says:

    Father Brown is one of my favourite fictional detectives because G K Chesterton embodied him with a wonderful sense of time and place The strength of Chesterton s Father Brown stories lie in their diversity brilliant, contemplative and bizarre sometimes all at once consistent cleverness and wide range of themes far depth then I usually expect from mysteries The Complete Father Brown is a volume packed with so much top notch quality material that one read really only captures the surface I now understand completely why Chesterton s Father Brown was so transformative for the mystery genre especially when other authors like Agatha Christie seem superficial by comparison.

  10. says:

    Wow I picked up this book because I was enjoy mysteries that are neither cozy nor thrillers, so I find that older mysteries are to my taste However, I didn t really enjoy these at all While I thought some of the solutions were problematic, as in The Invisible Man , and I was put off by the fact that people kept getting killed right under Father Brown s nose, my main problem was with the tone of the stories A short, incomplete list of people who might be offended by these stories include women, Jews, black people, Asians, Protestants, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, pagans, Italians, Americans, union members, actors, Communists, intellectuals, Celts, Scottish peoplebasically, if you are not a white male English Catholic, you might want to be prepared for something insulting to be said about you at some point I realize that these stories were written before WWII, but jeez.On the plus side, these are blessedly short, tightly written stories that won t take up too much of your time They re so easy to read that I finished the whole book, despite several headdesk moments I also like the character of Father Brown, a kindly priest who understands the criminal mind because his religion s emphasis on the sinful nature of all mankind Chesterton is very imaginative author, and some bits are quite funny I liked the emphasis on redeeming the criminals in these cases in so many mysteries, it s just toss them in the poky and be done with it So, you might enjoy these if you can look past the outdated stereotypes.

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