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The Complete Father Brown Mysteries

by G. K. Chesterton

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Series: Father Brown (Omnibus 1-5)

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The TV adaptations of the Father Brown stories never caught my fancy. The actor playing Brown is something of a lump, and cozy mysteries in general set my teeth on edge (lookin' at you, Miss Marple). But, being a Chesterton fan, I picked up an excellent paperback of Wordsworth Editions' The Complete Father Brown Stories at Goodwill a few weeks ago (such deals I get at GW!). A most pleasant surprise to discover that the treacly tone is altogether absent from these stories. I am bit surprised that Chesterton didn't try to create a character in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, for he was indeed a Sherlockian, or Holmesian as the British have it. But Father Brown has no Watson, nor a flat, hardly even a home or circle of friends beyond Flambeau. We learn very little about him personally, we see him in no other contexts besides the mystery; he is present only to enlighten. Another renowned Sherlockian, David Stuart Davies, notes in the introduction to this edition that "these tales conceal a purpose more than just to entertain by presenting a mystery and then solving the mystery: the stories reveal themselves as parables, in which moral theology is presented as detection". That is hardly surprising, given Chesterton's interest in philosophy and theology, and his reputation as a Christian apologist. ( )
  stringcat3 | May 21, 2018 |
Complete bundel van alle Father Brown-verhalen
  Marjoles | Jul 28, 2017 |
Good in bits and pieces, but one does tire of them after a while, and I could certainly have done without Chesterton's casual racism. Definitely some excellent stories, particularly in the first sections, though.
1 vote JBD1 | May 24, 2016 |
These short stories make entertaining bedtime reading but become less and less satisfying when read en masse. All of the stories present a puzzle which Father Brown solves out of the blue. Because there is no reasoning or struggle the solutions trend towards "so what." The stories also lack interesting characters. Finally, there are several racist remarks in some of the stories. ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 13, 2016 |
$50,
  Brenada | Sep 8, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
G. K. Chestertonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ardizzone, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barrière, CharlesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bond, R. T.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Temprano García, MiguelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waugh, AuberonPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

Contains

The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

Padre Brown, il prete poliziotto by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Blue Cross [Short story] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Flying Stars [Short story] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Secret Garden by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Queer Feet [Short story] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Invisible Man [Short Story] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Honour of Israel Gow [short fiction] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

'The Wrong Shape' (in Amazing Adv. of Fr. Brown & in Penguin Classic Crime Omnibus) by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Hammer of God [short fiction] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Sign of the Broken Sword (A Father Brown Story) by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Three Tools of Death by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Eye Of Apollo [short story] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

The Absence of Mr. Glass {short story} by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Paradise of Thieves [short fiction] by Gilbert Keith Chesterton (indirect)

Das Duell des Dr. Hirsch (Pater Brown) by Gilbert Keith Chesterton (indirect)

The Man in the Passage [Short story] by Gilbert K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Mistake of the Machine [short fiction] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

Pater Brown: Der Kopf Caesars by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Purple Wig by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

La Maldición de Pendragon by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Salad of Colonel Cray [Short story] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Strange Crime of John Boulnois [short fiction] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Incredulity of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

"The Doom of the Darnaways" (in The Incredulity of Fr. Brown) by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

"The Resurrection of Father Brown" (in The Incredulity of Fr. Brown) by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

"The Arrow of Heaven" (in The Incredulity of Fr. Brown) by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Oracle of the Dog by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

"The Miracle of Moon Crescent" (in The Incredulity of Fr. Brown) by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

Pater Brown und der Fluch des goldenen Kreuzes, 1 Audio-CD by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Dagger with Wings [short fiction] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

"The Ghost of Gideon Wise" (in The Incredulity of Fr. Brown) by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Secret of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

La spegulo de la loka juĝisto by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Scandal of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

"The Quick One" (in Amazing Adv. of Fr. Brown) by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Blast of the Book [Short story] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

The Green Man [short fiction] by G. K. Chesterton (indirect)

Favorite Father Brown stories by G. K. Chesterton

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To Waldo and Mildred D'Avigdor
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Between the silver ribbon of morning and the green glittering ribbon of sea, the boat touched Harwich and let loose a swarm of folk like flies, among whom the man we must follow was by no means conspicuous - nor wished to be.
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This omnibus "work" contains ALL of the 51 short stories originally published as The Innocence of FB (12 stories), The Wisdom of FB (12 stories), The Incredulity of FB (8 stories), The Secret of FB (10 stories) and The Scandal of FB (originally 8, later 9 stories). Please note that this "complete" omnibus is NOT the same as the "complete" omnibus edition containing 2 additional FB stories (for a total of 53 stories) so please DO NOT combine it with that one or any other common omnibus editions of FB short stories that contain less than 51.
This omnibus "work" contains ALL of the 50 short stories originally published in the first five individual collections of Father Brown stories issued between 1911 and 1935. Note that the fifth "Scandal of" collection was originally published in 1935 with only 8 stories; The Vampire of the Village short story wasn't initially published until 1936 so it was only added as a ninth story to later editions of the "Scandal of" collection. However, "complete" omnibus editions of the FB canon did not include that story until many years after it had been added to "Scandal of". Hence this "complete" omnibus is a DIFFERENT work to later "complete" omnibus editions containing 51 or 53 short stories. Additionally, the UK "complete" omnibus edition did NOT count the "framing" text at the beginning and end of the "Secret of" collection as actual stories while the comparable US edition did, so 48 complete stories in UK eds. = 50 complete stories in US eds.
This omnibus "work" contains ALL of the 53 short stories in the Father Brown canon; the 51 stories originally published as The Innocence of FB (12 stories), The Wisdom of FB (12 stories), The Incredulity of FB (8 stories), The Secret of FB (10 stories) and The Scandal of FB (originally 8, later 9 stories) plus The Donnington Affair (1914) and The Mask of Midas (1936) that normally are not included in other "complete" omnibus editions. Please DO NOT combine it with that one or any other common omnibus editions of FB short stories that contain less than the full complement of 53 stories.
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Immortalized in these famous stories, G.K. Chesterton's endearing amateur sleuth has entertained countless generations of readers. For, as his admirers know, Father Brown's cherubic face and unworldly simplicity, his glasses and his huge umbrella, disguise a quite uncanny understanding of the criminal mind at work.

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Father Brown is an eccentric priest with his own particular way of dealing with crime.

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