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Club of Queer Trades (Wordsworth Collection) (original 1905; edition 1998)

by G. K. Chesterton

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Title:Club of Queer Trades (Wordsworth Collection)
Authors:G. K. Chesterton
Info:NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company (1998), Paperback, 128 pages
Collections:Your library, @Home
Tags:Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories

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The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton (1905)



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It is always a pleasure to re-read this beautifully craft collection of co-detective stories; the prefix here could stand for the two brothers Basil and Rupert Grant, but more interestingly for the stories themselves: they are (as hinted in http://www.chesterton.org/lecture-7/) dual to classical detective fiction. We won't find the classical unraveling of a crime through a clever use of the presented facts, but a clever presentation of facts, which will be unraveled by Basil showing that there was actually no crime at all.

Basil Grant and the whole set read like the bright opposite Horne Fisher and the dark "The man who knew too much". ( )
  eparejatobes | Jan 25, 2017 |
There are a few good quotes in this collection of short stories with a common theme and main characters. If you guess the mystery in the story, however, there is not enough left---say, character development or moral questions---of much interest. A Club member must "have invented the method by which he earns his living." The stories are about the members and the queer trades they have come up with.

The stories are:
The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown
The Painful Fall of a Great Reputation
The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit
The Singular Speculation of the House-Agent
The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd
The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady

Some quotes:
"A fine chap, that Major; when one hasn't a touch of the poet one stands some chance of being a poem." [p. 24, "The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown"]

"Truth must of necessity be stranger than fiction," said Basil placidly. "For fiction is the creation of the human mind, and therefore is congenial to it." [p. 67, "The Singular Speculation of the House-Agent"]

I had met Grant [for the first time]... and exchanged a few words about the weather. Then we had talked for about an hour about politics and God; for men always talk about the most important things to total strangers. It is because in the total stranger we perceive man himself; the image of God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of the wisdom of a moustache. [p. 90, "The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd] ( )
  raizel | Dec 6, 2016 |
A parody of the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories, these tales are light and amusing. I prefer his Father Brown stories, but these were fun. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
  Bruno_Estigarribia | Mar 31, 2014 |
published-1905, radio-4x, under-1000-ratings, summer-2013, amusing, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, mystery-thriller, victoriana
Recommended for: BBC radio listeners
Read from August 10 to 24, 2013

4 Extra Debut. A retired soldier finds himself threatened by a flowerbed. Stars David Warner, Martin Freeman, Geoffrey Whitehead and Vicki Pepperdine. From April 2005.


GK Chesterton - The Club of Queer Trades - 6. The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady: Cries for help distract Rupert and Charlie from a pleasant summer evening. Could it be that Basil has an odd vocation of his own? Stars David Warner, Martin Freeman. From May 2005.

Thoroughly enjoyed this and can say that Chesterton appeals to my inner wild child; unhappily he is not everyone's favourite cuppa.
  mimal | Aug 26, 2013 |
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Foreword by Gilbert Adair

Also has the essay "A Defence of Detective Stories"
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Unique professions—
"Queer Trades"— bring innovative
mayhem to London.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486255344, Paperback)

6 whimsical short stories by brilliant, witty, English author, poet and critic. Improbable plots, marvelously funny episodes, evocative descriptions of late Victorian London distinguish delightful tales focusing on a club devoted to completely original and unusual professions. First republication to include all 32 of Chesterton's own original illustrations.

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Equally well-known for his sophisticated philosophy tracts and his top-notch detective fiction, G.K. Chesterton was himself something of a literary jack-of-all-trades. This beloved collection of detective stories and mysteries is based on a club that is only open to those who rely on unusual or extraordinary lines of work as their main source of income. A fast-paced, purely enjoyable collection that is sure to tickle the fancy of classic detective fiction fans.… (more)

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