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La sabiduría del Padre Brown (Father Brown #2)

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Inspirado en un amigo del autor, el personaje del padre Brown -el sacerdote que tras su aspecto anodino, su inseparable paraguas y sus eternos paquetes de papel de estraza, oculta un insólito conocimiento del mal y de la condición humana- es el protagonista de estas singulares aventuras en las que G. K. Chesterton une en el ámbito de la narración policiaca su gusto por la ...more
Paperback, Libros Reno #527, 251 pages
Published 1976 by Plaza & Janés (first published 1914)
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Laura
Page 66:
"I've been reading," said Flambeau, "of this new psychometric method they talk about so much, especially in America. You know what I mean; they put a pulsometer on a man's wrist and judge by how his heart goes at the pronunciation of certain words. What do you think of it?"
"I think it very interesting," replied Father Brown; "it reminds me of that interesting idea in the Dark Ages that blood would flow from a corpse if the murderer touched it."
"Do you really mean," demanded his friend, "
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Scilla
This book is a collection of twelve stories starring the priest, Father Brown and his friend Inspector Flambeau written in the first half of the twentieth century. Father Brown solves things by observation and thought, in some ways like Poirot, but in an unassuming and modest manner. The stories are each very different, but are very good reading.
Batgrl (Not Trusting GR With My Reviews/Shelves Now)
I've only read one Father Brown short story before this, and was very much enjoying the others. And then I had to come abruptly into the racism in the story The God of the Gongs. If it hadn't been for that story I could have rated this a lot higher, rather than sitting and pondering the casual racism of the time - 1910 for this collection. The one story almost made me want to rate the whole as a one star - but to be fair, that's based on that one story, and how angry it made me. (I've been waffl ...more
Angus Mcfarlane
Chesterton has often been quoted, and he has a reputation as one of the most insightful Christian thinkers of his generation. As a result, I started reading 'orthodoxy' but found it hard to connect with it's vibe. Picking up a father Brown volume as a free ebook, I read it to see if I could get a softer introduction into GKs angle on things. Alas, I didn't really get father brown either. Maybe it worked for a previuos generation, but I found the depiction of father brown trite, whilst the storie ...more
Charlotte

This is effectively a collection of short detective novels each with a crime or mystery and often Father Brown just happens to be in the right place at the right time: an element which sadly has a ring of implausibility about it.

The Father Brown stories are often compared to the Sherlock Holmes stories and yet, although they are both amateur detectives there are many differences. While Holmes uses inductive logic (although allegedly deducing the solution), Brown focuses on emotions and human b
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Cheryl
May 15, 2012 Cheryl marked it as skimmed-reference-dnf  ·  review of another edition
It would have helped to have read this closer to the time of publication. For example, knowing what a French Nationalist is would probably make one of the stories much more clear. Still, I love these quick puzzles - the solution itself made sense in every story I did read. I think of them as a bit like a cross between Sherlock Holmes and O Henry. Unfortunately, my copy has a big section missing, so not only did I not have access to two of the stories, I decided to skip some and wait to give a pr ...more
Jam
The phrases are more flowery than I'm used to, but they're so witty and wonderfully subtle, I can't wait to use some of them myself, in real life even.

The book is an anthology of short stories about Father Brown. Father Brown, I imagine, would fit very well as a spy if he ever chose to change vocations. He's described as utterly ordinary, but also undeniable brilliant. He's a lot like Detective Conan and Shelock Holmes. He notices the little details and pieces them together. His stories, howeve
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

This second collection of Fr. Brown lacks the appeal of the first collection. I enjoyed some stories, but found many to be disappointing in that they were short of being actual mysteries in the sense that I had expected them to be. Sometimes crimes were not really even committed and Fr. Brown was presented with more of a puzzle or conundrum to solve. When there is a crime the story will finish with Brown's solution and the police or any legal justice is har
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Chuck
Well, I guess once I start something I have to finish them--this said by someone who has read the Complete Sherlock Holmes more than once. There is a great deal of fun reading a mystery series that you don't know, especially if it is complete (as in anthology of stories published more than 100 years ago). You get to see the development of characters, especially the priest-sleuth Father Brown and his friend, reformed criminal Flambeau. I will say that, while Flambeau seems to grow and change, Bro ...more
robyn
The prose is purple! in this book. Sometimes the situations seem blown up out of all proportion in terms of how frightening or shocking they are. Then again, Chesterton's use of language is so beautiful that I can't mind. He's a gorgeous writer. And his use of paradox is often so surprising as to excuse any tendency toward extravagence.

There are a couple of extremely good mysteries in here, one or two that are merely so-so (in terms of interest, I mean) - all of them are worth reading and some,
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Evgeny
Further adventures of Father Brown, this is the second collection, the first one being The Innocence of Father Brown. I think the best way to describe the detective priest would be male Miss Marple; they use similar method in their investigations - by utilizing their knowledge of human nature.

The twelve short stories included in the book are different in nature, some of them are humorous, some fairly gruesome. On the whole, this collection feels slightly worse than the first one; I think some o
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Joyce
This book was the first work of fiction by GKC that I have read, and it underachieved for me, likely because his non-fictional apologetic work is so sharp and witty.

The short chapters makes the book very digestible, since it is taken in small tidbits.

I enjoyed reading the unconventional thinking that comes through Fr. Brown's sleuthing abilities to show a different side to each of the stories, but I personally would have liked to have invested my time elsewhere (perhaps a book with a more sust
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Doina
I don't really enjoy fictional short stories, and yet I cannot seem to stop reading these kinds of collections. I like G. K. Chesterton's writing voice, and that's what helped me finish these. What I didn't like was the development of the plot in most of these stories. I'm not sure if the author would have developed the plot a little more if these stories were longer, but I didn't really like the way that Father Brown is just a quiet observer, almost fading into the background, and then he comes ...more
F.R.
The thing you spot as you read more of Chesterton’s Father Brown is that – as opposed to, say, Sherlock Holmes – there’s rarely any sense of danger or jeopardy in these tales. It’s rare for Brown to have to stop a murder happening or save the day, and that removal of imminent threat can make these stories seem like academic musings. Yes Father Brown does solve the mystery, but often hours – sometimes even years – after the crime has taken place.

Chesterton is far too good a writer not to make the
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Toby
I really enjoyed this one. Father Brown is a little priest who traipses about and somehow always ends up in a mystery of some sort. You thought the Sherlock Homes was good? Well, Father Brown almost always solves a mystery before ever leaving the scene of the crime. He is also crazy with mercy and grace. He often lets criminals to go, just so long as they promise not to to it again. His deductions are amazing. He needs so little to understand the mystery. And of course Chesterton is an absolute ...more
Mary
I read this set of mysteries out loud to my son as part of his summer reading program. Wow! This was an exercise in vocabulary-building! Chesterton was an influential Christian intellectual who wrote on apologetics and philosophy, among other topics. His mystery stories are clever, but they are sometimes a bit hard to follow! Several mysteries end abruptly, and I found myself having to talk through the characters and the plot to discover what had actually happened, and who was guilty! Others, ho ...more
Judy
Still reading those old mysteries. I'm really thinking that I need to snap out of this phase and get onto something else. Maybe I need to talk to someone about this compulsion. However, having said that, I enjoyed these short stories about the wise Father Brown. Oh to have a priest like that at my disposal (sorry David, I wasn't talking about you negatively in any way). He lets people run around chasing red herrings all over the county and then at the last moment Father Brown steps in and makes ...more
Larry Piper
This is a book of short stories, and I wasn't all that intrigued by any of them. Perhaps I'm not a short-story person. Father Brown is a priest (Roman Catholic) who studies human nature. He is, thereby, able to puzzle out conundrums more easily than most...or something like that. Whatever, each story is a little baffling mystery. I didn't find them all that interesting, but perhaps I'm in a state of distraction these days. I had read previously The Innocence of Father Brown and liked it moderate ...more
Lera
I started off liking these humorous crime tales, very accessible despite their antiquity. But the stories became less entertaining, the more of them that I read. As more horrific racial stereotypes (surely "of their time, but no more repulsive for that) were introduced, I found myself skipping whole pages in an effort to escape. Not the best sign. I'm fairly sure I've heard some of these serialised on the radio, and for me that's probably a better medium - idly listening to the better ones, whil ...more
Bill Rogers
In the second Father Brown book G. K. Chesterton is a bit more practiced than in the first, The Innocence of Father Brown . Here Father Brown, frequently aided by his former nemesis Flambeau, investigates crimes and other human puzzles which are interesting and ingenious, if still rather implausible in most cases.

The implausibility arises from some of the elaborate Human Chessmaster moves that would be required for some of the traps to work, or for Brown to disrupt them; but more often it arises
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Marti
ebook collection This is the second volume in the series of the collected Father Brown books. It is somewhat shorter than the first, and set up the same way, with a series of short stories involving Father Brown, and the renowned French detective, Flambeau. Chesterton writes with a wry sense of humor, which does not seem at all dated, in fact, once phrase which I cannot recall right now, struck me as almost modern slang. These stories are tightly crafted, and some seemmore enjoyable than others.
Toula Vass
Having been written around 100 years ago, I found the style of writing a bit difficult to follow in some parts although the short stories were very cleverly plotted with vivid descriptive detail. A thinking person's book, which is a nice change to some of the more modern 'action-packed' novels, I would recommend it to anyone who prefers a book which makes them reflect on life's situations and human nature.
Gheeta
To be honest I was a little disappointed. I've heard so many good things about Chesterton's writings that I guess I just expected more. There is no unifying story line in this book, just a compilation of many tales where the inimitable Father Brown shows up and subsequently solves the problem. I guess I was expecting more character development...or simply something more.
Droid
Lacks much of the charm, grace and general eloquence of ' The Innocence of Father Brown'. As this somewhat bland collection draws to conclusion, the slightly insipid taste turns sour when an unexpected explosion of full-frontal racism erupts across the pages, shattering Chesterton's likeable little priest to pieces. Rather a shame.
arg/machine
Some more classic G.K. Chesterton mysteries. In the public domain, with a free electronic copy available here.
Danika
I have mixed feelings about this short story collection. The God of the Gongs was so racist as to have me put down the book altogether. Other stories are more readable. The final story was irritating, as I felt that there was no way of easily coming to the solution.
Annette
Gentle, often humorous, occasionally very pithy adventures of a Catholic priest cum accidental detective.
Favorite quote: "What we all dread most," said the priest in a low voice, "is a maze with no centre. That is why atheism is only a nightmare."
Colleen
A little long winded, but a complete delight. These are the original one minute mysteries that I loved to read as a child (and as an adult). Bit bit more literary and longer then a minute, but quite enjoyable to go to the birth place of such a fun genre.
Mary
I greater-than three Father Brown. Admittedly, sometimes Chesterton shares the bigotry of his generation, but Father Brown stories always surprise and amuse and, most interestingly, carry some sort of moral thought about the Nature of Man.
Max
I didn't enjoy these stories. The primary reason was Fr. Brown's character. Unless you consider being "child-like" or absent-minded some sort of flaw, Fr. Brown is another one of those saintly characters that really misses the genuineness of real saints, the kind with human imperfections that make them more relatable and lovable. Also, I understand that he's supposed to be a merciful priest, but he seems to always let the criminal get away. In one account that I remember, a man murdered someone ...more
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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, fi ...more
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