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THE COMPLETE FATHER BROWN MYSTERIES COLLECTION [Annotated] (Complete Works of G.K. Chesterton Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This complete collection contains all of the Father Brown stories, published between 1910 and 1935. So you will find here - 'The Innocence Of Father Brown' (12 stories), 'The Wisdom Of Father Brown' (12 stories), 'The Incredulity Of Father Brown' (8 stories), 'The Secret Of Father Brown' (10 stories), and 'The Scandal Of Father Brown' (9 stories). Also included are 'The Donnington Affair' (a literary challenge, issued by Sir Max Pemberton in 1914) and 'Father Brown Solves The Donnington Affair' (Chesterton's solution to that challenge.)
For those who may be unacquainted with the oeuvre, the character of Father Brown is a whimsical and quintessentially English creation - a 'detective' quite unlike any other in the history of fiction. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the character and the stories in which he partakes are something of an acquired taste - as indeed are the majority of Chesterton's creations of fiction. I believe the word I'm looking for is 'unique'; certainly, the concocting of this particular detective and the depiction of his numerous investigations are both strikingly different to the approach taken by Conan-Doyle through his realisation of Sherlock Holmes. Father Brown you see is refreshingly human, not superhuman, and these stories are not so much 'whodunnits' as 'whydunnits', with the greatest conundrum of all being often the simple redemption of the various criminal 'sinners'. At the risk of accusations of plagiarism, I will explain myself by quoting from the book's introduction by David Stuart Davies:
'In the Father Brown tales Chesterton was breaking all the accepted rules of detective fiction.Read more ›
The book itself I have no problem with. Its 790 pages provide a very good read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must read. Each story is excellent. Highly recommended.Published 5 days ago by Gail Taylor
great reading material at anytime of the day, lots to go through to keep you busy, a great pick up and down bookPublished 3 months ago by Mr. P. M. Byrne
Easy to follow, light reading short stories - good for a journey, where you get interrupted and can't keep track of a complicated story and long list of characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MS-IOW
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