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The Wisdom of Father BrownI started off liking these humorous crime tales very accessible despite their antiuity But the stories became less entertaining the of them that I read As horrific racial stereotypes surely of their time but no repulsive for that were introduced I found myself skipping whole ages in an effort to escape Not the best sign I m fairly sure I Page 66I ve been reading said Flambeau of this new Grammatik Des Biblisch-Aramaischen: Mit Den Nach Handschriften Berichtigten Texten Und Einem Worterbuch psychometric method they talk about so much especially in America You know what I mean theyut a A Neve Estava Suja pulsometer on a man s wrist and judge by how his heart goes at theronunciation of certain words What do you think of itI think it very interesting replied Father Brown it reminds me of that interesting idea in the Dark Ages that blood would flow from a corpse if the murderer touched itDo you really mean demanded his friend that you think the two methods eually valuableI think them eually valueless replied Brown Blood flows fast or slow in dead folk or living for so many million reasons than we can ever know Blood will have to flow very funnily blood will have to flow up the Matterhorn before I will take it as a sign that I am to shed itThe method remarked the other has been guaranteed by some of the greatest American men of scienceWhat sentimentalists men of science are exclaimed Father Brown and how much sentimental must American men of science be Who but a Yankee would think of The Art of Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting proving anything from heart throbs Why they must be as sentimental as a man who thinks a woman is in love with him if she blushes That s a test from the circulation of the blood discovered by the immortal Harvey and a jolly rotten test tooThis book is not so good as The Innocence of Father Brown Next book to be read will be The Man Who Was ThursdayThe free e book can be found at Project GutenbergThe free audi version can be also found at Project Gutenberg This book is a collection of twelve stories starring theriest Father Brown and his friend Inspector Flambeau written in the first half of the twentieth century Father Brown solves things by observation and thought in some ways like Poirot but in an unassuming and modest manner The stories are each very different but are very good reading To be honest I was a little disappointed I ve heard so many good things about Chesterton s writings that I guess I just expected There is no unifying story li Chesterton has often been uoted and he has a reputation as one of the most insightful Christian thinkers of his generation As a result I started reading orthodoxy but found it hard to connect with it s vibe Picking up a father Brown volume as a free ebook I read it to see if I could get a softer introduction into GKs angle on things Alas I didn t really get father brown either Maybe it worked for a reviuos generation but I found the depiction of father brown trite whilst the stories seemed too contrived was I supposed to sleuth them out for myself I didn t find solutions in the text as only fb had those certainly the traditional detective approachwhere the reader is gradually discovering the truth with the detective is absent Apparently it is the fathers insight into human nature which solves the crime but this was only apparent for me in the last of the stories Perhaps another time I didn t enjoy this one uite as much as The Innocence of Father Brown I liked The Salad of Colonel Cray I ve only read Innocence of Father Brown I liked The Salad of Colonel Cray I ve only read Father Brown short story before this and was very much enjoying the others And then I had to come abruptly into the racism in the story The God of the Gongs If it hadn t been for that story I could have rated this a lot higher rather than sitting and ondering the casual racism of the time 1910 for this collection The one story almost made me want to rate the whole as a one star but to be fair that s BASED ON THAT ONE STORY AND on that one story and angry it made me I ve been waffling between two and three stars for this and it s completely hinging on my reaction to that one storyAs an aside I should mention that it s not that I m not used to racism in stories from this time sadly In fact I often wonder if when some schoolsparents raise issues about teaching Huckleberry Finn if the teachers shouldn t have students read some of the era s stories with overt and casual racism that have characters much less well developed than Jim As much as I dislike it I don t think we should refrain developed than Jim As much as I dislike it I don t think we should refrain making it clear that these thoughtsattitudesstereotypes were in a lot of the literature There are a a few authors I still enjoy despite their racism Lovecraft for instance but that doesn t mean I don t stop and cringe every time it comes up even if I expect it I just can t overlook this even with the oor excuse of that s the way everyone wrotethought When no not everyone did So there s the struggle you can t exactly avoid it but you well I certainly can t enjoy itWhile several of the other stories have Italian or French characters that are stereotypical the black characters of The God of the Gongs are much much worse It s not just the repeated use of the word nigger or the fact that one character s name is Nigger Ned it s the way all the black characters are described72% in He was buttoned and buckled up to his bursting eyeballs in the most brilliant fashion A tall black hat was tilted on his broad black head a hat of the sort that the French wit has compared to eight mirrors But somehow the black man was like the black hat He also was black and yet his glossy skin flung back the light at eight angles or It is needless to say that he wore white spats and a white slip inside his waistcoat The red flower stood up in his button hole aggressively as if it had suddenly grown there And in the way he carried his cane in one hand and his cigar in the other there was a certain attitude an attitude we must always remember when we talk of racial rejudices something innocent and insolent the cake walkSometimes said Flambeau looking after him. And the young woman of the house asked Dr Hood with huge and silent amusement what does she want Why she wants to marry him cried Father Brown sitting up eagerly That is just the awful complication It is indeed a hideous enigm. ,
I m not surprised that they lynch them If you can t understand why after reading the uote there were numerous things there that issed me off well I can t help you Besides the stereotypes in the description of dress there s the concept that you can wear clothes and walk in a way which supposedly everyone reads as insolent And the line about lynching just no Sorry can t deal with the illogic and unfairness of this Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion portrayalIt doesn t make it any better that Father Brown is given a speech or two which I m going to assume is supposed toreach tolerance76% in I dare say he has some Italians with him but our amiable friends are not Italians They are octoroons and African half bloods of various shades but I fear we English think all foreigners are much the same so long as they are dark and dirty Also he added with a smile I fear the English decline to draw any fine distinction between the moral character Code Name: Silence produced by my religion and that which blooms out of VoodooI get the attempted message here but after therevious uote Und Schuf Mir Einen Götzen: Lehrjahre Eines Kommunisten plus I ve not uoted it s not enough The ugliness of everyone thinks this way blots out any message of tolerance Especially when the end of the story has to do with all blacks in the UK being under suspicion of the law and theublic because of the murders by a group Trying to reach tolerance in this context makes Chesterton seem smug self satisfied and completely unaware of how much stronger the stereotypes are than the latitudesI enjoy the way Chesterton writes but I m not totally sold on the character of Brown I got tired of the repeated descriptions of how child like he is Still if anything keeps me from finishing the rest of Chesterton I have several ebooks it will be the bad impressions of this one story It s going to take me a while to get those images out of my head Further adventures of Father Brown this is the second collection the first one being The Innocence of Father Brown I think the best way to describe the detective Margery Meets the Roses priest would be male Miss Marple they use similar method in their investigations by utilizing their knowledge of human nature The twelve short stories included in the book are different in nature some of them are humorous some fairly gruesome On the whole this collection feels slightly worse than the first one I think some of the stories lackolish some of them end abruptly Still Father Brown earned his lace among the world greatest detectives The book deserves 3 solid stars I was slightly disappointed I found the Innocence of Father Brown exceedingly charming Perhaps it was just me but I found these stories of the Wisdom of Father Brown somewhat bland They were much less enthralling and I lost interest very uickly whereas I couldn t ut the Innocence down Reason for Reading Next in the seriesThis second collection of Fr Brown lacks the appeal of the first collection I enjoyed some stories but found many to be disappointing in that they were short of being actual mysteries in the sense that I had expected them to be Sometimes crimes were not really even committed and Fr Brown was The Wapshot Scandal presented with of auzzle or conundrum to solve When there is a crime the story will finish with Brown s solution and the olice or any legal justice is hardly called to hand something I m finding difficult to get "used to with these stories from both volumes " to with these stories from both volumes far These stories are incredibly less religious in nature than the first volume though they all do carry a religious moral ethic as that is the nature of Fr Brown s sleuthing methods I was disappointed that Flambeau was rarely seen in this collection as I had come to consider him Brown s sidekick in the first volume but at least the narration has settled it s tone from the first and is written urely in the third erson throughout these stories An acceptable and entertaining read but nowhere near as good as The Innocence of Father Brown Chesterton in real life had still not converted to Catholicism at the oint when these stories were Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy, published and I am interested to see if there will be any noticeable difference in the next volume which wasublished four years after his conversion1 The Absence of Mr Glass What a fantastic story to start this collection Not a mystery though by any means of a uzzle a conundrum Fr Brown goes to a detective to enlist his services to help determine whether a young man is suitable to marry a young woman known to him Her mother is dead set against the marriage as the suitor has a bit of mystery surrounding him yet everyone else concerned is happy for the young lovers As the arty descends upon young Mr Todhunter s rooms they have need to break down the door upon which they find him bound and gagged in the corner The detective then takes the disarray of the room into account and tells the nefarious doings of the young man and the mystery of one Mr Glass When he is finished Fr Brown laughs and from the clues tells all the truth of what has happened and whether Mr Todhunter is a suitable suitor or not Very clever and a delight to read 552 The Paradise of Thieves I don t have a lot to say on this one I ve been busy and couldn t get my mind onto it whether it was me or the story I can t say for sure However it WASN T TERRIBLY ENTERTAINING AND I NEVER HAD A t terribly entertaining and I never had a sense of what was going on or cared for that matter It involved a kidnapping 353 The Duel of Dr Hirsch Another story that didn t uite satisfy very Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 political Early on reference is made to another case which I ignored but repeated mention of this case made me google it to see if it was a true crime and indeed it was happening about 20 yearsrior to the ublishing of this book Perhaps if one were up on these current events at the time the story would have been enjoyable However it wasn t ertinent to the case resented here in its outcome and I was rather disappointed to have figured out the twist before the end This story does at least bring. A said Dr Hood This young James Todhunter continued the cleric is a very decent man so far as I know; but then nobody knows very much He is a bright brownish little fellow agile like a monkey clean shaven like an actor and obl. ,
Flambeau back into the icture Hoping the next story will be better 2554 The Man in the Passage Finally a Rivers Last Longer proper mystery Fr Brown is in fine form in this story He arrives backstage at the Apollo Theatre where the star actress has called him to attend to her There he finds her in the company of four others two suitors her leading man and her male servant Miss Rome is obviously anxious to speak to Fr and uses her charms to clear the room As she sees one man out of the building she is heard walking down theassage to watch his rogress down the street then a scream and kerfuffle is heard and the two suitors are heard exclaiming about seeing a man in the assage Poor Miss Rome is found dead the leading man is obviously arrested as the killer but it is upon the witness stand that Fr Brown unravels the simple events of that evening The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! proclaiming whom both the man in theassage and the killer each were I liked that the killer received their just rewards in this case even if it was in a round about way 455 The Mistake of the Machine Well this is a funny tale involving in a round about way a wealthy man who holds obscurely themed Witchcraft for Tomorrow parties each year Starting off with aolice detective telling Fr Brown of a murder the revious evening of a warden after a risoner escaped and his subseuent arrest of the culprit a shabbily dressed man running across a nearby field His guilt is all but The Wedding Redux proven to the detective by the use of his highlyrized Rolling Thunder psychometric machine which measures the variations in one sulse and thus can tell if a Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle? person is under stress and agitated during uestioning Fr Brown is uite witty with his observations about the machine vs its operator and uite blows apart the detective s story Though the detective has indeed caught a criminal it is not the one he thinks he has and Fr Brown solves both the identity of the apprehended man and the trueerpetrator of the rison escape and murder of the warden A clever tale with an ending that surprised me 456 The Head of Caesar Not uite a roper mystery in the ordinary sense but a crime and a Bootie and the Beast puzzle that Fr Brown wittily solves again I really enjoyed this story and it is uniue in it s telling Flambeau isresent at the beginning and end but doesn t lay a major role Most of the story takes lace in a ub as a woman confesses her entire story to Fr while the rest lays out at the scene of the crime where Brown wraps up the final The Art of Mary Beth Edelson pieces A story of its time but good 557 The Purple Wig Another fineuzzle mystery though no actual crime is committed again This time it s of a moral conundrum and this case takes on the British aristocracy and class system of the early 1900s A journalist happens upon a table outside a ub finding three men a doctor a riest and an otherwise respectable gentleman other than his urplish wig Here they converse and the topic turns to the old tales and curse of the Dukes of Exmoor I won t say but a twist in the middle turns into a double twist at the end for a fun story Though again not really a mystery 458 The Perishing of the Pendragons The last few stories have been following a similar "format and this one is no different Brown and Flambeau are on " and this one is no different Brown and Flambeau are on small holiday for Brown s health he is suffering depression They are taking a river cruise to the Pendragon estates and regaled with the family s legend which includes the mysterious burning tower Brown just happens to have a hose in hand when the tower really starts to burn and the Father unravels the legend of yore and the current use of the legend Again not exactly what I consider a mystery ie no crime to solve but Fr does stop a crime from being committed and solve another uzzle Not as entertaining as others but ok Finally some good BrownFlambeau interaction which is sorely lacking in this collection 359 The God of the Gongs I m the last erson to judge a story based on modern society s views on certain elements such as race and sexism and always view a story from within the time eriod it was written However I could find no redeeming value in this story To begin with it was a less than entertaining mystery and blatantly racist against the negro race The n word was used freuently and flippantly I admit my disgust with the racism and rampant blatant derogatory references made me hurry and get this one over with I really could not find that it was even trying to be None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) positive within the constraints of the time it was written In my opinion this is a racist story even for the timeeriod in which it was written 0510 The Salad of Colonel Cray Finally a genuine mystery and a fun one at that A burglary takes Puta place and only condiments seem to have been stolen But when someone isoisoned it is Fr Brown who happens to have the simple remedy to the rare oison just in the nick of time 4511 The Strange Crime of John the rare oison just in the nick of time 4511 The Strange Crime of John Rumours of a woman having an affair with a man abound and when he is stabbed and Killer Games publicly found with his dying breath accuses the scorned husband John Boulnois the crime appears to be fait au complete However theriest on hand Fr Brown takes one look around and knows all is not as it appears Clever tale the motives are old fashionably unbelievable but nonetheless a good story 4512 The Fairy Tale of Father Brown For the final tale in this book it is nice to have Flambeau return But once again this is not really a crime or a mystery as one expects As in a revious story we are resented with a mysterious death from the ast Flambeau recounts the details as they were given him by one of the investigating detectives at the time A rince had been found dead they were given him by one of the investigating detectives at the time A Cocksure prince had been found dead a bullet in his head and yet there had been no shot fired and only a bullet mark found upon his cravat After hearing the details of the strange tale Fr Brown is able to tell his version of what most likely happened who the guiltyarty was and who it wasn t are uite interesting to say the least A good story to end the volume 45. Iging like a born courtier He seems to have uite a Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry (Bold Women of the 18th Century, pocketful of money but nobody knows what his trade is Mrs MacNab therefore being of aessimistic turn is uite sure it is something dreadful and Porto Bello Gold probably connected with dynami.