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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  207 ratings  ·  13 reviews
`Эту книгу, изданную после смерти автора, отличает изощренность языка. Автор взыскателен к самому себе. Его герой, мистер Понд, произносит с таинственной простотой: `Конечно, раз они никогда ни в чем не были согласны, им не о чем спорить` или `Хотя все хотели бы, чтобы он остался, его пытались удержать`, и затем рассказывает историю, изумительным образом иллюстрирующую эт ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published 1999 by Амфора (first published 1937)
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Stephen
This was an amazing book! I enjoyed it almost more than Father Brown. Chesterton's style of writing is both captivating and literate, and this book in particular is worth reading and rereading several times. The character of Mr. Pond is entertaining, and all the supporting characters are very good too. I especially like "The Three Horsemen of Apocalypse" and "When Doctors Agree" Very good indeed!
Garrett
The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond are almost his parables, and are a concentrated dose of Chesterton's famous addiction to irony, litotes and, well, paradox. The stories are written in his characteristic style, and while they flit between different narrative layers, they are easy to read, and a good thing to. The reader will find him or herself eagerly digesting the story to find the resolution to Mr. Pond's outrageous statement, which precedes every tale. Not as famous or clever as Father Brown, but an ...more
Bbrown
I always enjoy reading Chesterton, even if it isn't the best Chesterton. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond brings the paradoxes that Chesterton loves so much to the fore through the titular character of Mr. Pond. Unfortunately Mr. Pond is not as interesting a character at Father Brown or Gabriel Syme or the plethora of other characters that populate GKC's fiction. While the protagonists of Four Faultless Felons also deal in paradoxes, their delivery felt more natural, while Pond's poor communications co ...more
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Radio adaptation of GK Chesterton's detective stories.
Uma Shankari
Wonderfully plotted short mysteries by a 20th century writer who also offers some brilliant insights into human nature. Matthew has already reviewed the book, so I'll just use this space to record my favourite part:

"Love never needs time. But friendship always needs time. More and more and more time, up to long past midnight."

A bit later: "But Love is like that. It is a thing of great moments; and it lives on the memory of moments. Perhaps it is a fragile illusion; perhaps, on the other hand, it
...more
Matthew
Fabulous stuff, very wittily plotted short stories. Takes a bit of attention to read bc Chesterton is an early 20thC journalist from the Uk, steeped in the classical tradition, his writing is a bit more dense but very lyrical, and his plots are complicated and take time to build up. But well worth it, and he inserts philosophical musings on all sorts of things -- friendship, men, women, love, conversation, etc -- into the writing, via the enigmatic story-teller Mr Pond.
Meg
Cute, old school Sherlock Holmes type detective stories. Everyone worth a character is male, the action revolves around wordplay and storytelling. Nobody doing much jumping around.

The writing is good. For once I have to stop and actually read the words that make up the sentences. I forgot I like that, part of the reason I so enjoyed Moby Dick while in Spain, so much language to loll about in rather than chasing the action and skimming dialogue.
arg/machine
Published in 1936, The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond is G. K. Chesterton's final collection of detective stories. Now in the public domain with a free electronic copy available here
Francisco
Simply delicious, in Chesterton's general tone. Great writing, very good stories (especially the three first ones) and tons of those witty sentences that make Chesterton one of the best writers ever existing in the Earth.
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Ange
It was quite good. Basically short stories all evolving around Pond's seemingly paradox's. Fun.
Manuel Alejandro
Mr.Pond takes the whole thing of paradoxes to a new level.
Heath
Simple, short, riddle like detective stories.
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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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