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The Club of Queer Trades by G.K. Chesterton
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Dec 31, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: book-count-2010, mystery, own-it
Read in December, 2010

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 newly-invented job. The stories are all narrated by the same man, who, along with his friend Basil Grant, are presented with a series of hard-to-explain circumstances that turn out to relate to the club. The stories are interesting and quick reads, even though Chesterton can't resist putting in a bit of philosophy here and there. In many ways, they remind me of some of the Sherlock Holmes stories, although I think that Basil Grant is not so much a "functional sociopath" like Holmes, but more of an eccentric. He'd be easier to know, for sure.

It was a real treat to come back to these stories after having read them many years ago. I'll have to pick up some more of Chesterton's fiction soon.
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