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Book Title: The Scandal Of Father Brown|
The author of the book: G.K. Chesterton
Edition: UMash Marketing Ltd
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Date of issue: March 9th 2013
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The last compilation of Father Brown stories. I have an early edition of the book; the later ones include one more story, The Vampire of the Village. So my edition (available from Project Gutenberg Canada) has eight short stories. This by the way means there are two more stories, The Donnington Affair and The Mask of Midas which are usually not included in any anthologies.
I am happy to say the lightheartedness of the first book is back, at least in one story. I am not going to spoil it even by mentioning the title, but the buildup was great and so was the payoff. As I said before countless number of times Father Brown is by definition of his job is humanist and rarely bothers with helping catching the criminal (in fact in one of the stories here he just reveal the way the villain vanished into seemingly thin air, but the identity of the guy was left unknown).
I am also impressed by some of the musings by Father Brown (and by extension Chesterton himself). Some of the thoughts still run true today and regretfully too few people these days remember these truths tirelessly fighting for really trivial causes.
So all in all, is the series worth reading? Yes very much so if you like classic mysteries. The character of the Father Brown makes it for somewhat slow read as the action scenes during the investigation are non-existent. The problems themselves almost always contain some element of improbability readily explained by the priest sleuth at the end.
The final rating of the book as well as that of the whole series is 4 stars; I gave the lower rating to the second book only. It was mostly due to change of the atmosphere between that one and the first: it became more gloomy and dark.
The only question I have after finishing practically everything is, when the heck did the main character find time to do his main work? He never seemed to bother. So dear Father Brown, if you ever do your church duties, that'd be great:
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Read information about the authorGilbert 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, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News. He also edited his own newspaper, G.K.’s Weekly.
Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.
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