Il Club dei Mestieri Stravaganti
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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
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...more
Adrienne
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...more
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...more
Julie Davis
#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
...more
Amanda
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...more
Nathaniel
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...more
D'face
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
Miike
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...more
Thom
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...more
Laura
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
Lauren
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.
Brian Robbins
Enjoyable little squib of a book. The stories are each great fun while you read them, but afterwards are like Eyeore's balloon - just a little bit of damp rag remains.
Magda
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
I very much enjoy G.K. Chesterton, and this was no exception. Often a parody of Sherlock Holmes, but very interesting and enjoyable.
Gus
O Chesterton έχει όχι μόνο ιδιαίτερη γραφή, αλλά και πλοκή εν έτει 1905, παντρεύοντας το μυστήριο και το αλλόκοτο με ωραίο χιούμορ!
Todd
Basically six short stories tied around a particular plot device and set of core characters. It is a short, fast read and rather entertaining. It provides a fiction summary of many of Chesterton's individual newspaper column pieces from around that time. One undoubtedly notices that Chesteron must see himself in the mad judge, Basil Grant. Any "morals" presented here are on the lighter note, no heavy philosophy or theology, just an exploration of the odder side of human nature. Worth reading, bu...more
Laura
The club of Queer Trades, just so there’s no confusion, is a club in which only individuals who have invented wholly original methods of earning their living may be a member. : )

The Stories.

The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown. Major Brown doesn’t know what to think. Here he thought he had nary an enemy in the world, but after peeping over a garden fence to see the yellow pansies he was told grew on the other side, he’s not so sure. Because there were pansies. Lots of ‘em. And they were arra...more
Briege
"It is and eccentric and Bohemian Club, of which the absolute condition of membership lies in this, that the candidate must have invented the method by which he earns his living. It must be an entirely new trade. The exact definition of this requirement is given in two principal rules. First, it must not be a mere application of variation of an existing trade. Thus for instance, the Club would not admit an insurance agent simply because instead of insuring men's furniture against being burnt in...more
Rui
Even though I’ve been curious about G.K. Chesterton for quite some time, ever since I’ve read that some of my favourite writers were influenced by his style, I’ve never read anything by him. To tell the truth I was slightly worried I would not enjoy his writing because I’ve also read that he had some rather strong conservative leanings. But a few days ago I found this small book at a very affordable price and decided it was about time I picked it up.
I am pleased I did. Maybe it’s this particular...more
Maurizio Codogno
Chesterton, almeno in Italia, è noto perché Renato Rascel interpretò i racconti di padre Brown, pretino cattolico (Chesterton si convertì dall'anglicanesimo e scrisse anche libri apologetici) che fa l'investigatore piuttosto a modo suo. Ma padre Brown non è l'unico investigatore creato dalla penna di Chesterton. In questo breve libro sono raccolti sei racconti investigativi. con protagonista Basil Grant, un ex giudice cacciato per pazzia conclamata. Basil è un omone, generalmente vestito di bian...more
Chris
I am a big fan of G. K. Chesterson for his unequalled skill in combining Victorian adventure or mystery with whimsy, resulting in stories that can be entertaining and philosophical at the same time. This collection of short stories feature mysteries that are solved once the unique profession of the man central to each "case" as it were, is revealed. This is a fun quick read, a little bit of confectionary for someone who reads a lot, to be read between difficult, serious novels.
Igor
A fun & relaxing read.
The writing is well done, and the ideas funny and original.

The best idea of all in this book, to me, is the idea of the club of queer trades itself.
I'm sure this book could be rewritten regularly over the centuries to make fantastic sequels. I don't see how it'll ever get old!
Catherine
These stories were published over 100 years ago. The language is old-fashioned, but I did not mind that one little bit. The first couple of tales were entertaining, with elements of Sherlock Holmes and Ellery Queen. There are recurring characters who were nicely introduced.

The title was a bit misleading as only the first few short stories had to do with the Club of Queer Trades. I suppose it is not unusual in a collection for the title to take it's name from one of them. But I will admit to bein...more
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...more
Yossa
Fun read. Somewhat of a thriller -- mysterious things happen, but it turns out there's a 'reasonable' explanation for them.
Benjamin
The Club of Queer Trades is not perfectly written and not the best of Chesterton by any means. But I loved reading it and think it belongs in my five-star category. Chesterton's philosophically-loaded comments through the character of Basil are fun and in classic Chestertonian style.
Dylan
My first look at the world of G.K. Chesterton, and I have to say these are alright stories. I found the writings of a bit slow at times, but even in that delightfully absurd situations shined through. Basil Grant is probably one of the funniest character I have ever encountered in fiction, and acts as Sherlock Holmes in the bizarre cases involving the Club of Queer Trades. For those who haven’t read the book, the Club of Queer Trades is a group of people who have created there own professions. E...more
Anna
These are 6 short stories with puzzles and quirky characters and curious events. Chesterton's dry humor is on display.

(The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady)
"Eavesdroppers often hear misleading things"

“I never said a word against eminent men of science. What I complain of is a vague popular philosophy which supposes itself to be scientific when it it really nothing but a sort of new religion and an uncommonly nasty one.”

"Of course, in a sense, science, like mathematics or the violin, can only...more
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