The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton: " Publisher: Kindle E-Book Edition: ISBN-13: 978-1-78379-097-5 This is the second book of short stories about G. K. Chesterton's fictional detective. Father Brown is a short, nondescript Catholic Priest with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella who has an uncanny insight into human evil. His methods, unlike those of his nThe Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton: " Publisher: Kindle E-Book Edition: ISBN-13: 978-1-78379-097-5 This is the second book of short stories about G. K. Chesterton's fictional detective. Father Brown is a short, nondescript Catholic Priest with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella who has an uncanny insight into human evil. His methods, unlike those of his near contemporary Sherlock Holmes, although based on observation of details often unnoticed by others, tended to be intuitive rather than deductive. Although clearly devout, he always emphasizes rationality: despite his religiousness and his belief in God and miracles, he manages to see the perfectly ordinary, natural explanation of the problem. He is a devout, educated and "civilized" clergyman, who is totally familiar with contemporary and secular thought and behaviour. His character was thought to be based on Father John O'Connor, a parish priest in Bradford, Yorkshire. "Publisher: " Catholic Way Publishing. This Paperback is the ideal small size of 5" x 8....
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The Wisdom of Father Brown Reviews
The second published collection of GK Chesterton's Father Brown short stories. Not as good as the first anthology, The Innocence of Father Brown, but still an enjoyable read nonetheless. While none of the story here could match the sheer excellence of The Secret Garden or The Invisible Man from Innocence, several of them (The Paradise of Thieves, The Purple Wig, and my favorite one The Strange Crime of John Boulnois) easily rank among the top tier of detective shorts that I've ever read. Some of the stories are non-conventional mysteries without any murder, with unorthodox solutions that can be very amusing (particularly the first two stories, The Absence of Mr. Glass and The Paradise of Thieves, which I found quite funny and entertaining). But then, Chesterton's penchant for flowery and round-about prose can also flummox simple-minded reader like me, who is mostly here for the puzzles. This is most evident in The Perishing of the Pendragons and The God of Gongs, which were so convolutedly written with a lot of unnecessary details that I need to re-read them immediately to understand the setting and events. It really didn't help that Gongs is thick with dreadfully racist overtone; frankly, it's never fun whenever Chesterton's distaste for atheism and black men show up within the stories.All in all, a mostly good collection with some fiendishly clever solutions. I kind of wish that Father Brown is less of a genius clairvoyant who can instantly jump to the absurd (but correct) solution without any need for actual investigation, but I do like this passage:“He hated my husband because . . . it is so strange I hardly know how to say it . . .because . . .”“Yes?” said Brown patiently.“Because my husband wouldn’t hate him.”Father Brown only nodded, and seemed still to be listening; he differed from most detectives in fact and fiction in a small point — he never pretended not to understand when he understood perfectly well.
A priest solving mysteries.... interesting and captivating