The Complete Father Brown (Father Brown #1 - 5)
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
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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
I don't like to think of sin, but Father Brown makes me think of it in the most prosaic way, ...more
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
It is interesting that the most well known of Chesterton's writings today are these slight short story mysteries and not his more serious literary, theological or political writings. But then again, perhaps it is both inevitable and not so lamentable, for these stories contain the germ of all his other writing in parable form. So while readers may be voting with their eyes to read the lesser work, they are still drinking from the same deep pool of thought, and that ...more
Father Brown makes for a fascinating counterpoint to Sherlock Holmes. Whereas Holmes uses cold logic and hard facts to solve mysteries, Father Brown relies on his intuition, his knowledge of the human condition, and his ability to imagine himself in other people's shoes. Holmes is tall and lean, while Brown is short and stocky. Holmes projects a sense of unmatchable competence, whereas Brown initially strikes people as a bumbler, possibly even a fool. Holmes is d ...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
But the plots are impeccable, the humor is great, the observations in other instances are sharp and about our own culture the book shows a lot of wisdom. I couldn't put it down. Father Brown is a lovable, wonderful character.
I am glad ...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.
The stories were mildly enterta ...more
I loved these offbeat and eccentric twists on the detective story, for their jumbled yet judiciously assembled plot styles, and most of all for their painterly perceptions and presentations of humanity and his environs. GK Chesterton may have an awkward name to say, but he translates the world freely and colourfully to the page.
The Christian-centric internal world we inhabit while living alongside Father Brown is rarely alienating to ...more
The first thought that struck me was that Father Brown does not exist in the real world. Nowadays authors spend much time in giving a sense of place, in giving their chara ...more
But appearances, G.K. Chesterton reminds us, are deceptive. "The Complete Father Brown Stories" brings together the complete collection of stories about the kindly, eccentric detective who has an uncanny cleverness that nobody guesses. Chesterton wraps each story in his warm, sometimes entrancing writing and a very odd assortment of c ...more
Father Brown is a likable codger and he gets the case solved quick.
There is a great variety of settings in these stories and GK Chesterton has an understated descriptive style.
The denouements are the reason to read these stories and I'd say the majority really pay off.
However the reason I'm only giving Father Brown 3 is because there is a lot of national stereot ...more
This is not to say that Holmesian deduction scien ...more
It is very rare indeed that an author resorts to justifying the intellectual capabilities of his protagonist in the words of the protagonist himself. Then again Father Brown is no conventional amateur. He is an extraordinarily brilliant and imaginative priest who draws on the wisdom of his experience in the confessional and parish life. First time readers might ...more