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The Complete Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
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May 24, 12

Read from February 13 to May 24, 2012

Some of these stories are magnificent (by and large, the earlier ones). My favorite one is "The Queer Feet." Just read it and find out. Brilliant. However, as time went on Chesteron seems to have become more and more of a bigot, and this shows in the Father Brown stories. They become annoyingly preachy, and what's even more inexcusable for detective stories: predictably preachy. In the best stories, Father Brown solves the mystery through his transcendental insight and imagination. In the worst ones, he more or less operates via preconceptions and prejudices which end up being confirmed by the story. You can do that, when you write fiction, but it is transparent and makes for very annoying reading. Think of my three stars as an average of five stars for the first half and one star for the second half of the stories.
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