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I ve only read one 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 pondering 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 how 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 from 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 poor 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 lossy 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 Meister Eder und sein Pumuckl 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 prejudices something innocent and insolent the cake walkSometimes said Flambeau looking after him I m not surprised that they lynch them If you can t understand why after reading the uote there were numerous things there that pissed 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 portrayalIt doesn t make it any better that Father Brown isiven a speech or two which I m oing to assume is supposed better that Father Brown is iven a speech or two which I m oing to assume is supposed preach 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 dark and dirty he added with a smile I fear the English decline to draw any fine distinction between the moral character produced by my religion and that which blooms out of VoodooI et the attempted message here but after the previous uote 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 the public because of the murders by a The Sacrifice group Trying to preach tolerance in this context makes Chesterton seem smug self satisfied and completely unaware of how much stronger the stereotypes are than the platitudesI enjoy the way Chesterton writes but I m not totally sold on the character of Brown Iot 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 The archduke and the assassin Sarajevo June 28th 1914 going to take me a while toet those images out of my head This book is a collection of twelve stories starring the priest 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 Why Gold? Why Now? good reading 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 put the Innocence down Chesterton has often been uoted and he has a reputation as one of the most insightful Christian thinkers of hiseneration 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 The Athenian Revolution get a softer introduction into GKs angle on things Alas I didn t reallyet father brown either Maybe it worked for a previuos eneration 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 radually 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 started off liking these humorous crime tales very accessible despite their antiuity But the stories became less entert. 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. .

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Ystery 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 pub finding three men a doctor a priest and an otherwise respectable entleman other than his purplish 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 a 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 puzzle Not as entertaining as others but ok Finally some ood BrownFlambeau interaction which is sorely lacking in this collection 359 The God of the Gongs I m the last person 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 period 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 Old Age get this one over with I really could not find that it was even trying to be positive within the constraints of the time it was written In my opinion this is a racist story even for the time period in which it was written 0510 The Salad of Colonel Cray Finally aenuine mystery and a fun one at that A burglary takes place and only condiments seem to have been stolen But when someone is poisoned it is Fr Brown who happens to have the simple remedy to the rare poison just in the nick of time 4511 The Strange Crime of John Boulnois Rumours of a woman having an affair with a man abound and when he is stabbed and publicly found with his dying breath accuses the scorned husband John Boulnois the crime appears to be fait au complete However the priest 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 Archies One Way 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 previous story we are presented with a mysterious death from the past Flambeau recounts the details as they wereiven him by one of the investigating detectives at the time A prince had been found dead with a bullet in his head and yet there had been no shot had been found dead with a bullet in his head and yet there had been no and only a bullet mark found upon his cravat After hearing the details of the tale Fr Brown is able to upon his cravat After hearing the details of the strange tale Fr Brown is able to his version of what most likely happened who the L'épreuve des hommes blancs guilty party was and who it wasn t are uite interesting to say the least Aood story to end the volume 45 I didn t enjoy this one uite as much as The Innocence of Father Brown I liked The Salad of Colonel Cray Page 66I ve been reading said Flambeau of this new psychometric method they talk about so much especially in America You know what I mean they put a pulsometer on a man s wrist and judge by how his heart Making Fine Spirits goes at the pronunciation 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 beenuaranteed by some of the Mel Bay Bucky Pizzarelli Master Jazz Guitar: Solo Collection 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 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 soood 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 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 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 ruesome On the whole this collection feels slightly worse than the first one I think some of the stories lack polish some of them end abruptly Still Father Brown earned his place among the world reatest detectives The book deserves 3 solid stars To be honest I was a little disappointed I ve heard so many Arbeit good things about Chesterton s writings that Iuess I just expected There is no unifying story line in this book just a compilation of many tales where the inimitable Father Brown shows up and subseuently solves the problem I Los trucos de los ricos: 92 trucos para multiplicar tu dinero, proteger tu patrimonio y reducir tus impuestos legalmente guess I was expecting character developmentor simply somethin. Iging like a born courtier He seems to have uite a pocketful of money but nobody knows what his trade is Mrs MacNab therefore being of a pessimistic turn is uite sure it is something dreadful and probably connected with dynami. Aining 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 pages in an effort to escape Not the best sign I m fairly sure I ve heard some of these serialised on the radio and for me that s probably a better medium idly listening to the better ones whilstetting on with something else 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 presented with of a puzzle or conundrum to solve When there is a crime the story will finish with Brown s solution and the police or any legal justice is hardly called to hand something I m finding difficult to An Triail get used to with these stories from both volumes so 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 purely in the third person throughout these stories An acceptable and entertaining read but nowhere near asood as The Innocence of Father Brown Chesterton in real life had still not converted to Catholicism at the point when these stories were published and I am interested to see if there will be any noticeable difference in the next volume which was published 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 puzzle a conundrum Fr Brown The PTSD Behavioral Activation Workbook: Activities to Help You Rebuild Your Life from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (A New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) 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 party descends upon young Mr Todhunter s rooms they have need to break down the door upon which they find him bound andagged 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 Encyclopedia of Famous Suicides 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 areat sense of what was I Ran for My Life 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 political Early on reference is made to another case which I ignored but repeated mention of this case made meoogle it to see if it was a true crime and indeed it was happening about 20 years prior to the publishing 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 pertinent to the case presented here in its outcome and I was rather However it wasn t pertinent to the case presented here in its outcome and I was rather to have figured out the twist before the end This story does at least bring Flambeau back into the picture Hoping the next story will be better 2554 The Man in the Passage Finally a 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 the passage to watch his progress down the street then a scream and kerfuffle is heard and the two suitors are heard exclaiming about seeing a man in the passage 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 proclaiming whom both the man in the passage 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 parties each year Starting off with a police detective telling Fr Brown of a murder the previous evening of a warden after a prisoner escaped and his subseuent arrest of the culprit a shabbily dressed man running across a nearby field His uilt is all but proven to the detective by the use of his highly prized psychometric machine which measures the variations in one s pulse and thus can tell if a 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 blows apart the detective s story Though the detective has indeed caught a criminal it is not the he thinks he has and Fr Brown solves both the identity of the apprehended man and the true perpetrator of the prison escape and murder of the warden A apprehended man and the true perpetrator of the prison escape and murder of the warden A tale with an ending that surprised me 456 The Head of Caesar Not uite a proper mystery in the ordinary sense but a crime and a puzzle that Fr Brown wittily solves again I really enjoyed this story and it is uniue in it s telling Flambeau is present at the beginning and end but doesn t play a major role Most of the story takes place in a pub as a woman confesses her entire story to Fr while the rest plays out at the scene of the crime where Brown wraps up the final pieces A story of its time but ood 557 The Purple Wig Another fine puzzle 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.

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