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The Complete Father Brown (Father Brown Mystery) (edição 1987)

por Gilbert Keith Chesterton (Autor)

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All the Father Brown stories from five classic volumes--in one definitive edition With his cherubic face and unworldly simplicity, his glasses and huge umbrella, Father Brown is one of the most unforgettable characters in literature.The Complete Father Brown Stories brings together all the stories featuring G. K. Chesterton's amateur sleuth--plus two additional cases, "The Donnington Affair" and "The Mask of Midas," that were discovered in Chesterton's papers after his death. An introduction by Chesterton scholar Michael D. Hurley sheds new light on the beloved detective series. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.… (mais)
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Título:The Complete Father Brown (Father Brown Mystery)
Autores:Gilbert Keith Chesterton (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (1987), Edition: Reprint, 720 pages
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The Complete Father Brown Mysteries por G. K. Chesterton

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When Chesterton is on, he's on. There are two stories here that are, in my opinion, incredible literary works of their own - "The Sign of the Broken Sword", which is maybe the only mystery I've ever read that does the "detective cracks a cold case from folklore and legends" plot well, and "The Head of Caesar", which could easily be stripped of the detective story trappings and presented as an out-and-out short horror story.

However, reading dozens of these back-to-back-to-back lays a lot of things very bare. Father Brown's lack of a life outside "priest who appears in the nick of time to solve a mystery", and his lack of eccentricities, make him come across as a flat character to me. Sherlock Holmes isn't someone who has much of an inner life, but his various eccentricities make him fun to read. Likewise, a lot of modern detective novels (thinking of Tana French, Adrian McKinty, etc here) lack what Chesterton (in what I freely acknowledge is a good joke) calls "opium smoking and acrostics". I developed a theory reading this that you need to have one or the other to keep things going - either you need to be able to see inside the detective's head, or they need to be such an enjoyable character that that lack of introspection doesn't matter. Chesterton kind of gesticulates towards this at the beginning with an interconnected narrative about Brown and Flambeau, but once that gets settled the roteness of the stories becomes really apparent.

In the end, I think that the highest highs of this make up for the lowest lows, but I don't know if I'd want to push myself through something like this again. I *am* interested to watch the TV show (part of the reason I read this), however, as I think that there's potential to do something interesting with the material in a different format. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
For the life of me, I am mystified that this independently published "book" could convey the real import of the Father Brown mysteries. With so many good editions of these wonderful stories available, I was suckered into buying this one for my library. The book is very difficult to read. It is clear there was no format editing. Pagination is crazy. For example, if a story ends with space at the end of the story, the compilers of this monstrosity begin the next story with "The Queer Feet." It is a story featuring Flambeau wishing to steal silverware from an exclusive social club, "twelve true fishermen." The story begins in the middle of the page. The book is illustrated lavishly with non-sequiturs such as etchings of the signing of the Constitution!
That being said, this beloved character deals less with individual mysteries than it does with the mystery of human nature. If your library contains a real copy of these charming sketches, it is well to remember that Connan Doyle was primarily focused on the solution of cunning puzzles, whereas Fr. Brown is content to use his puzzles to elucidate an underlying philosophy.
About the BBC series, I love it even though, the priest presented there has little in common with his literary patronym. I am a Catholic priest. I wish I could be half as good a priest as Mark Williams (the BBC star).
  Bob1968 | Jun 26, 2020 |
I decided to read this because I love the TV show. I was greatly disappointed. The stories were not very engaging, and unlike Sherlock Holmes stories did not leave the reader in suspense, dangling clues. They were short and undeveloped. Great potential, solid writing, poor execution.

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  LilyRoseShadowlyn | Dec 24, 2019 |
I've something of a weakness for British mystery/spy fiction, especially the late 19th/early 20th centuries. Can't really say where it originated, but it has been a regular part of my fiction diet for the past several years (I seem to toggle between mysteries/spy thrillers and science fiction as my go-to choices for "relaxation reading.") I've been alternating reading Chesterton's Father Brown stories, which I've never read before, with Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes' stories, which I've never read in toto before.

I suppose that Sherlock Holmes is probably the more famous of the pair, but, as far as the quality of the stories themselves, the edge clearly goes to Father Brown. Chesterton is simply a witty writer, with an inerrant eye for the comical. In some ways, I suppose the character of Father Brown, with his rather stupid demeanor, was meant as a foil for the energetic Holmes, but Chesterton knows how to draw out the hilarity of the character.

Clearly, the stories are meant simply as "entertainments," as novelist Graham Greene described some of his lighter works. However, I was struck throughout how seriously the idea of sin was handled (something of a shock for stories that could be so funny). The stories are light-hearted and playful but never flip when it comes to the realities of human life.

Chesterton was a great Christian apologist like C.S. Lewis, writing classics such as "Orthodoxy" and "Heresy." But I dare say his Father Brown stories may do as much or even more to defend the great Christian revelations about the nature of human life and the human world. And they do it with so light a touch that you barely recognize the echoes of the catechism in each and every of Father Brown's "solutions."

Which leads me to my only suggestion for those who wish to read Father Brown: those who really wish to enjoy the Father Brown stories should commit to reading them all (and preferably in published order). It has puzzled me a good bit that I can't honestly say that I have a "favorite" Father Brown story or provide a list of the "top five/ten" of the stories, something that is quite typical of other mystery authors. There are two reasons for this. First, they are all of so equal a quality, it would feel foolish to choose one above the others; each story is so carefully wrought, it is impossible to imagine any Father Brown story being written in any other way than Chesterton chose to write it.

The second and more important reason, though, relates to the subtle "catechetical" nature of the stories. There's not progress here in the sense of linear plot development (Father Brown is appreciably no different in the last story than he is in the first, something that is NOT true of Sherlock Holmes) but there is a kind of satisfying completeness to the series. Fortunately, though, given the literary form chosen (the short story), reading the entirety of Father Brown is not as intimidating as it sounds. I've been at this for roughly two years with significant gaps of time (months) where I read no Father Brown story. But at no point did I ever feel like I had to "reacquaint" myself with Father Brown. It's not just that he's drawn in such unforgettable ways ("face as plain as a dumpling"), but that he, like the principles of Truth he follows, remains unchanging, certain, good, kind, and even innocent. Father Brown is the incorruptible face of Truth in a world of Lies. ( )
  Jared_Runck | Jul 5, 2018 |
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 |
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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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All the Father Brown stories from five classic volumes--in one definitive edition With his cherubic face and unworldly simplicity, his glasses and huge umbrella, Father Brown is one of the most unforgettable characters in literature.The Complete Father Brown Stories brings together all the stories featuring G. K. Chesterton's amateur sleuth--plus two additional cases, "The Donnington Affair" and "The Mask of Midas," that were discovered in Chesterton's papers after his death. An introduction by Chesterton scholar Michael D. Hurley sheds new light on the beloved detective series. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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