The Penguin Complete Father Brown (Father Brown)
The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown knows human nature and is not afraid of its dark side. Thus he understands criminal motivation and how to deal with it.
The stories included are "The Paradise of Thi...more
There is nothing of the thriller about these mysteries. They are more pretty descriptions, a plot twist, and a philosophical musing, generally. They aren't keep-you-up-late stories, so much as curl-up-with-tea stories. But I like that in them, too.
Only after realizing that each story was just a few pages long, it was just one story after another of some little priest jumping to conclusions and everyone, including the culprit, just assuming God's man knows best and either giving themselv...more
I don't like to think of sin, but Father Brown makes me think of it in the most prosaic way,...more
I'm still a fan of G.K. Chesterton, and I do enjoy his invention of the dumpy little priest (we're never told his first name) who is able to solve crimes because he understands the criminal mind because he has heard it all in confession.
The stories get a little too fantastical for my tastes. Also, in a couple of them, language is used that is unacceptable by today's standards. It...more
I probably won't get to finish it this time around, but when I find a copy at a yardsale I'll know to pick it up. And since the library has it, I may check it out again.
The psychological factors Father Brown underst...more
This is not to say that Holmesian deduction scien...more
" I was seasick," said Father Brown simply. "I felt horrible. But feeling horrible has nothing to do with not seeing things."
Chesterton makes his detective a Catholic priest, l...more
I've been a fan of Chesterton for a long time, ever since reading The Man Who Was Thursday...more
One minor complaint is that I wish there was a little more to each of the stories, that is in terms of how Father Brown puts things together. His explanations are a little hurried at times. Notwithsta...more
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...more
The physical description of our Father Brown creates the "humor" behind each story, too, because he really doesn't seem like a smart detective - on the contrary, Father Brown is just a "small, chubby man, with ey...more
But can you think of another writer who so skillfully melds the Whodunit with moral philosophy and theology?
There is only one writer who would even attempt to do this--he is G.K. Chesterton.
This complete collection of all of the Fr. Brown short stories is a masterwork of intelligent theological fiction. The central character--a short dumpy moon faced...more