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3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  269 Ratings  ·  22 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 1936)
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Feb 16, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 28, 2015 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dad-s-books
Chesterton paints word pictures that are kind of like an Arthur Rackham illustration - realistic, distorted and ethereal whimsy. He takes ordinary images and pulls out the extraordinary, the humorous, the absurd, and the magical. And so it goes with the Paradoxes of Mr. Pond.

I did not find them so seductive as those in The Man Who Was Thursday, or the earlier tales in The Innocence of Father Brown. They were a bit more forced. The reason is the mechanism Chesterton chose to draw them all togethe
Aug 27, 2014 Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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May 18, 2017 Michael Joosten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although, I suppose, technically a collection of mystery short stories, The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond don't quite read like detective stories. This is a negative, if you find yourself solving the paradox a bit before the characters do and you were expecting an Agatha Christie-level puzzle. But, if you aren't approaching it that way, if you are approaching it from the point of view of someone who enjoys Chesterton's unique perspective wherein paradoxes are the heart of his metaphysics, then it *is* a ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Bbrown rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2016 Ci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book as a pleasurable digression from other more ponderous essays. This is a collection around a Mr. Pond, who has a paradoxical reputation among his friends, but in fact who is simply stating truism in the most shortened fashion.

The central idea is to confront the dominant genre of detective stories along the Sherlock Holmes' line of inquiry. Things are not what they seemed to observers; each of us brings our own mental framework to interpret what we saw. The complex interaction
Matt Sautman
Nov 21, 2015 Matt Sautman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Called by some as the worst book that G.K. Chesterton has ever written, I cannot help but disagree wholly. Mr. Pond is incredibly charming, an occupant living in a world that does not always take him as seriously as they they should. This collection of short stories regarding this titular government employee and his tendency to speak within paradoxes illustrates the Wittegensteinan notion that the meaning of the speaker is not always immediately grasped by the person listening to the story. As t ...more
Zuerst muss ich mal die ausgesprochen schöne grafische Gestaltung der gebundenen Ausgabe hervorheben. Jede Seite erscheint in einem individuellen Look, feiner Leineneinband in einem extravaganten Schuber, fadengeheftete Seiten, also kurz um ein Traum für alle bibliophilen Leser.
Trotz der schönen Verpackung, konnte mich der Inhalt nicht völlig überzeugen. Die Geschichten sind durchweg recht humorig (wenn auch auf typisch englische Art), sowie von reichlich skurrilem Personal bevölkert. Aber der
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
Jul 12, 2012 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 15, 2007 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shortstories
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.
Nov 03, 2011 arg/machine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2016 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anything the great GKC wrote must deserve 3 stars. This doesn't get any extra, because although his wonderful style is there, the characters do not come to life - I can't 'see' Mr Pond, or the captain, and the puzzles don't always work. A pleasant enough read but not a book I'll revisit.
Feb 26, 2013 Francisco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 08, 2015 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites ever, I find the character of Mr. Pond to be more appealing than that of Sherlock (though I have only read two Sherlock stories).
Aug 17, 2008 Ange rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was quite good. Basically short stories all evolving around Pond's seemingly paradox's. Fun.
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Radio adaptation of GK Chesterton's detective stories.
Manuel Crespo-Rodríguez
Mr.Pond takes the whole thing of paradoxes to a new level.
Feb 13, 2013 Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple, short, riddle like detective stories.
Jul 16, 2015 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the mysteries I thought they'd be, nor are they exceptional short stories. It's my first Chesterton, so I'll have to give another story a try before rendering judgement on the author.
Douglas Wilson
Jan 31, 2016 Douglas Wilson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I love Chesterton's non-fiction, top drawer stuff. But I must confess that I sometimes find his fiction tedious and contrived, with fun spots here and there. Oh, well.
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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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