The Innocence Of Father Brown

The Innocence Of Father Brown

by G. K. Chesterton
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The Innocence Of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

Father Brown is the most unlikely detective – a short, round-faced priest who is modest and kind. However, he has an astonishing insight into the criminal mind. It is through his astute wisdom that he solves the twelve cases. Read The Blue Cross and find out how Father Brown helps to catch the famous French criminal, Flambeau, who later becomes a most incongruous friend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781842329917
Publisher: House of Stratus, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/06/2000
Series: Father Brown Series , #1
Edition description: New edition
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.07(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

GK Chesterton was born in London in 1874 and educated at St Paul’s School, before studying art at the Slade School. In 1896, he began working for the London publisher, Redway, and also T. Fisher Unwin as a reader where he remained until 1902. During this time he undertook his first freelance journalistic assignments, writing art and literary reviews. He also contributed regular columns to two newspapers: ‘The Speaker’ (along with his friend Hilaire Belloc) and the ‘Daily News’. Throughout his life he contributed further articles to journals, particularly ‘The Bookman’ and ‘The Illustrated London News’.

His first two books, poetry collections, were published in 1900. These were followed by collections of essays and in 1903, and his most substantial work to that point, a study of ‘Robert Browning’. Chesterton's first novel, 'The Napoleon of Notting Hill' was published in 1904. In this book he developed his political attitudes in which he attacked socialism, big business and technology and showed how they become the enemies of freedom and justice. These were themes which were to run throughout his other works. 'The Man who was Thursday' was published in 1908 and is perhaps the novel most difficult to understand, although it is also his most popular. 'The Ball and the Cross' followed in 1910 and 'Manalive' in 1912. Chesterton's best-known fictional character appears in the Father Brown stories, the first of the collection, 'The Innocence of Father Brown', being published in 1911. Brown is a modest Catholic priest who uses careful psychology to put himself in the place of the criminal in order to solve the crime.

His output was prolific, with a great variety of books from brilliant studies of ‘Dickens’, ‘Shaw’, and ‘RL Stevenson’ to literary criticism. He also produced more poetry and many volumes of political, social and religious essays. Tremendous zest and energy, with a mastery of paradox, puns, a robust humour and forthright devotion along with great intelligence characterise his entire output. In the years prior to 1914 his fame was at its height, being something of a celebrity and seen as a latter day Dr Johnson as he frequented the pubs and offices of Fleet Street. His huge figure was encased in a cloak and wide brimmed hat, with pockets full of papers and proofs.

Chesterton came from a nominally Anglican family and had been baptized into the Church of England. However, at that point he had no particular Christian belief and was in fact agnostic for a time. Nevertheless, in his late twenties he began to explore the possibility of a religious belief for himself, which he then discovered already existed as orthodox Christianity. In 1896, he had also met Frances Alice Blogg, marrying in 1901. She was a devout Anglican and her beliefs strengthened his Christian convictions. In 1922 he converted to Catholicism and he explores his belief in many works, the best known of which is 'Orthodoxy', his personal spiritual odyssey. In some ways, 'Orthodoxy' was an answer to earlier criticisms received after the 1905 publication of 'Heretics', which was a collection of studies of the then contemporary writers. The complaint was made that Chesterton discussed these writers’ attitudes to life, but offered nothing in respect of himself. He was an ebullient character, absent-minded, but quick-witted and will be remembered as one of the most colourful and provocative writers of his day.

G.K. Chesterton died in 1936.

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The Innocence Of Father Brown 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4 One of the early, non-professional investigators of crime, Father Brown, as imagined by G.K. Chesterton carry much of a similar tone as the more famous Holmes mysteries of Arthur Conan Doyle. In fact, the two were acquainted, and you can see some similarities in pacing and intelligence. Chesterton is viewed by some as a Christian apologist: and to be honest the early stories here do often dance on the edges with this collection, an almost concerted effort to prove Catholicism is not remotely tied to superstition, myth or fantastical beliefs. If you can move past the preachiness of the good Father and appreciate his almost naïve belief in people and his use of intuition and a lifetime spent hearing confessions, you can enjoy the unique twists demonstrated during his investigations. Seven of these stories are pure murder mystery that highlight some rather complex circumstances, often mired in the prejudices and restrictions that came with the British class system. The Secret Garden is a wonderful example of the twists and turns, and the Father’s rather unique path to the solution. A further two stories don’t have any real culprit, another few are thefts or attempted thefts. With a thorough grounding in place and time, which can mean some racially insensitive comments, the dismissive comments from the upper classes in regards to those who work for them. A wonderful collection when taken as is, just for enjoyment and a quiet escape from the everyday. Narration for this collection is provided by Gordon Griffin, my first introduction to his work, and the narration and performance was wonderful. Clear, precise enunciation that highlights the text and story flow help the stories move smoothly forward. His skill with presentation, awareness of audience and ease of delivery made this a wonderful listen, sure to please listeners who want to delve into mysteries from the early development of the genre. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the publisher via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This version seems to be missing the endings to some chapters.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
Take Sherlock Holmes, lower his intelligence by half (leaving him as still smarter than average) and turn him into a bland Roman Catholic priest who happens to solve a lot of mysteries and you get Father Brown. Some of the mysteries he solves are complex, and the third person narration is occasionally witty (even sarcastic), but I would much rather read Sherlock Holmes or Dupin any day. The author's frequent pot-shots at Protestants/Protestantism are annoying too; some are witty but mostly they just come off as mean-spirited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has some good points. I like the fact that the main character is more like the priests I have known-- not perfect by any means, but certainly not the current fad of portraying them all as hypocritical dogmatists. The brevity of the stories is also welcome. They can each be easily read in one sitting. Generally entertaining in themselves, I found them also to be not unlike fables (parables?) in that each had a small moral to it (even if the moral was as simple as "Be good"). On the negative side, some of the stories are a bit bland. All in all, though, I would recommend the book.
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Too many typos
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Mark Krudwig More than 1 year ago
Chesterton's Father Brown stories are not as complex as those of Christie or Doyle, but they are easy reads on a summer afternoon. It's nice to have a collection of them in one ebook. However, the layout on this ebook is terrible. The lines consistently wrap in odd places on my Nook Color. The font looks like one of the old monospaced typewriter fonts.