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Il Club dei Mestieri Stravaganti

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Chesterton non è solo l'inventore del popolarissimo Padre Brown, ma anche il creatore della figura centrale del Club dei Mestieri Stravaganti: Basil Grant. Questi è un ex giudice che abita in una soffitta e che indaga su tutti e sei i casi poliziwechi che compongono questo libro.
Mass Market Paperback, Biblioteca Economica Newton, #86, 158 pages
Published 1996 by Newton & Compton (first published 1905)
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Jesse Broussard
How even to review this? And what exactly is the point? For that matter, what was the point of it being written? It certainly wasn't a necessary book. I don't believe the great Catholic ever sat down and said, "How to save England and the rest of the world? Ah, this will do the trick." And if I'm mistaken, if he did utter such a phrase, it wasn't about this book. Perhaps he simply needed to stretch the legs of his mind--indeed, I shall take that as the excuse (it will serve as well as any other) ...more
Brendan
Dec 08, 2008 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2008, audio, mystery
Chesterton's book is a series of mystery stories involving a narrator and his friend, the eccentric ex-judge Basil Grant. Each story is about someone who belongs to the Club of Queer Trades--someone who makes his living in an unique way.

I haven't read any Chesterton before, but was delighted by the breadth and depth of the mysteries. They had a variety of means and ends, and often didn't involve murder or other sordid crimes. At the same time, the detective Basil Grant becomes a sort of anti-Sh
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Laura
Aug 18, 2013 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
FRom BBC Radio 4 - 4 Extra Debut:
4 Extra Debut. A retired soldier finds himself threatened by a flowerbed. Stars David Warner, Martin Freeman, Geoffrey Whitehead and Vicki Pepperdine.


1. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown.
2. The Painful Fall of a Great Reputation.
3. The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit.
4. The Singular Speculation of the House Agent
5. The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd
Richard
Jul 28, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful journey. Chesterton plays with a series of outrageously unlikely and seemingly impossible situations with remarkable literary panache and with consummate skill. On the surface the tales have a frothy insouciant elegance but watch out! Every so often Chesterton suddenly and brilliantly weaves in a revelatory moment of genuine aphoristic insight.

Amazing book!
Dorcas
May 29, 2015 Dorcas marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england-uk, humorous
Lovers of P G Wodehouse will likely enjoy this as well. I read the first story and part of the second but it's really not my style. But it's free on public domain so give it a go for yourself.
Adrienne
Dec 31, 2010 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
G.K. Chesterton is an excellent author; it's really too bad that more people don't know about him. His works do take a little mental effort to read, but the rewards are always an interesting and well-told story.

The Club of Queer Trades is a set of short stories that are related to each other very slightly, by way of the titular Club. It's a very self-explanatory name; to get in to the group, you need to have invented a completely different occupation and to be able to make your living by your ne
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Amanda
Jun 01, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Librivox recording.

The Librivox volunteer was fabulous! The same volunteer did all chapters and was just one of the best I've listened to.

Here's the official summary:

A collection of six wonderfully quirky detective stories, featuring the ‘mystic’ former judge Basil Grant. Each story reveals a practitioner of an entirely new profession, and member of the Club of Queer Trades. (Summary by David Barnes)

The book starts off with the tremendous adventures of Major Brown that leads us to the fi
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Jarrod
Jul 19, 2015 Jarrod rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't enjoy this for so many reasons but I will keep it brief. The Basil Grant character was an insufferably pompous, mercurial in his dispensing of his insights, over zealous, moralizing buffoon. Meanwhile the other characters were largely idiotic 2D straw men designed to reflect Basil's greatness. As for the "queer trades" they were in the most part decidedly disappointing. Chesterton, in his (clearly declared in this work) staunch religiosity, conservatism and bull headed disregard ...more
John
The stories in this collection have a great deal in common with Chesterton's FATHER BROWN mysteries. Like Father Brown, former-judge Basil Grant initially comes across as an odd, ineffectual little man who speaks in riddles and lives with his head in the clouds. But, just as with Father Brown, the seeming nonsense that Basil speaks is actually the very solution that the more literal-minded (and unimaginative) detectives are looking for.
As he so often does, G.K. Chesterton revels in poking fun at
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Sam Kabo Ashwell
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Roberta
Se penso che stavo quasi per rimuoverlo dalla lista dei to-read per fare spazio ad altri titoli mi prenderei a righellate le mani da sola.
Chesterton è geniale e geniale è il suo personaggio Basil, uno Sherlock Holmes molto più sociale di quello vero.
Ottima anche la presentazione in copertina: Le apparenze sono sinistre; il mistero agli inizi della vicenda è dei più cupi e inquietanti; l’evidenza dei fatti sta lì a indicare che una mente criminosa è al lavoro o ha già condotto a termine il lavor
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Julie Davis
Jan 28, 2010 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#7 - 2010

At the beginning of the 20th century, in detective fiction there was Sherlock Holmes and that was all. There were other fictional detectives, to be sure, but they were only bad imitations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous consulting detective. The sleuths offered by other writers would try to outdo Holmes in eccentricity and in solving crimes that were evermore contrived and convoluted.

But in 1905 a book of mysteries came along that finally managed to turn the Sherlock Holmes idea on its h
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Nathaniel
Feb 11, 2013 Nathaniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is comprised of several one chapter fictions written in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, but with a style and moral twist that only Chesterton can impart. A short, yet fun read.

"What I complain of is a vague popular philosophy which supposes itself to be scientific when it is really nothing but a sort of new religion and an uncommonly nasty one. When people talk about the fall of man they knew they were talking about a mystery, a thing they didn't understand. Now that they talk about the
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Mitch
This title was really just fine in its day. Now, not so much.

The book is a series of short mystery stories linked by a unique British club. As in all short story collections, some are better than others.

I enjoyed G.K.'s writing style (a bit archaic now, but I love the interesting way his characters speak to one another) and his obvious love affair with the eccentric.

Then again, he would often introduce oddities and then obviously hold off explaining them for far too long- not wanting to resolve
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D'face
Feb 08, 2011 D'face rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories revolving around a retired and eccentric judge Basil Grant who solves mysteries in a way similar to Sherlock Holmes. There are some clever ideas included here, a business built around creating life threatening adventures for its bored and affluent clients, a famous life of the party fellow is exposed as a fraud, a witness to a crime gives a true address which cannot be found by the police despite the abode being provided by a reputable house agent, a language create ...more
John Owen
An early (1905) collection of short stories by G.K. Chesterton, featuring the same characters, all revolving round the titular "Club of Queer Trades". In many ways, this is a precursor of Chesterton's much more successful Father Brown stories, in that a problem is stated, followed up, then solved, not always in a very logical way. If you're a completist for G.K.C.'s work, then seek this out. If you've not read him before, look for "The Man Who Was Thursday" or a collection of the Father Brown st ...more
Miike
Nov 13, 2012 Miike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think Chesterton is the most overlooked and underrated author in the English language. This is a beautiful edition of one of my favourite books. The quality of writing is so good that it may take some time to read other more modern books. After reading this you may need to read Dickens to come down.
This is a crime thriller and the use of the word queer relates not to its current use but means unique or singular. The club is made up from those who have an occupation shared by none. It's a well
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William Leight
This is a rather strange book. Chesterton has a couple of interesting ideas -- a detective who scorns facts and works by impressions, a club for those who have invented their method of making a living -- and some moderately amusing stories, but he insists on forcing the whole thing into a religious/philosophical framework whereby our hero ends up as a kind of Christ figure. It's vaguely reminiscent of Narnia (though the Narnia stories are a lot stronger): a perfectly decent story idea ruined by ...more
Paola
A pleasant light read, though I found it at time too predictable, and at times too exaggerated. Needless to say, though, very well written.
Neil
Dec 08, 2015 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surreal and whimsical.Very good.
Simon
Jan 25, 2016 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written 18 years before his conversion to Christianity and decades before the conception of his most widely read works, GK Chesterton's "The Club Of Queer Trades" is an inchoate, albeit charming book that shows the prolific author early in the developments of his now renown philosophy and rhetoric. Foreshadowing his later masterpieces like "Manalive!", "The Man Who Was Thursday", and most especially the sublime "Father Brown" serial, "The Club Of Queer Trades" follows an ex-judge, Basil Grant, a ...more
Thomas
Mar 18, 2014 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
While The Man Who Knew Too Much featured a detective who, for one reason or another, was never able or willing to reveal the culprit behind the crime, The Club of Queer Trades' detective is always there to prove that no crime had actually been committed at all. The two form nice companion pieces, the former taking a more ominous tone compared to the general silliness of this collection.

Apparently The Club of Queer Trades was one of the first popular detective stories to deviate from simple mimi
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Jeff Hobbs
Read so far:

The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown --3
The Painful Fall of a Great Reputation --
The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit --
The Singular Speculation of the House-Agent --
The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd --
The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady --
J D Murray
I think I like Chesterton less than I thought I did.

I love The Man Who Was Thursday (don't I? dare I reread and find out?), but I think I left The Napoleon of Notting Hill too long; too many years of anticipation before you finally get round to it can spoil a book.

I liked this one, but I didn't love it. There's a mystical Establishment dropout detective who's clearly conceived as Chesterton's irrationalist answer to the ultra-rational Holmes. Put like that, I ought to love it.

I didn't love it. B
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Mario Hinksman
An intriguing set of short stories involving a common theme of unusual professions who are all part of the Club of Queer Trades. Basil Grant, a highly intelligent but slightly mad retired judge and his brother Rupert encounter a broad range of characters on the streets of late Victorian London. These include an unusual early estate agent and a woman locked in a cellar who does not want to be rescued. The writing is lively and witty. The version I read also includes a short defence of the detecti ...more
Lauren
Oct 26, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I throughly enjoied the dry humor, irony and twists. It was surprizing and a little predictable but still very good. The imagination the G.K. Chesterton has amazes me. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Neil Denham
Dec 03, 2013 Neil Denham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not anywhere as funny as the author thinks it is, characters constantly laughing and much tedious morality. Once you have heard the first story you know where each one is going.
Tony
THE CLUB OF QUEER TRADES. (1905). G. K. Chesterton. ***.
This was an early work by this author that brought together a series of stories featuring private detective Rupert Grant and his brother, Basil. The odd thing about Basil was that he was apparently insane, although it turns out that his weird approaches often led to quick solutions to crimes. On top of his mental state, he was also a judge. Interesting stories, but highly confusing. None of the tales approached the qualities of the Father B
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Magda
Sep 26, 2012 Magda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, literature
Καλά, ακόμα κι αν ήταν μόνο για την μετάφραση του πεντζίκη και πάλι θα ήταν εξαιρετικό. Αλλά, φυσικά, είναι και ο τσέστερον! Τι άλλο χρειάζεται;
Robert
Sep 13, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoy G.K. Chesterton, and this was no exception. Often a parody of Sherlock Holmes, but very interesting and enjoyable.
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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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