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The Innocence Of Father Brown: By G. K. Chesterton & Illustrated (An Audiobook Free!) Kindle Edition
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Another thing troubles me about this book: the racism is pretty rampant. OK, granted they are old stories and racism was much more acceptable in them old days than now. Still, it seems if you are trying to portray a religious man as humane and wise and knowledgeable, you do not have him use the "N" word, or discuss "brown men" as if they were somehow suspect just because they are brown. Or perhaps because they are not Christian, which I think is probably the real reason. Using a Roman Catholic priest as the main character, we can hardly expect to leave religion out of the formula altogether. But the Favorite stories I reviewed earlier did not have quite so many dogmatic comments in them. Father Brown does indeed take it for granted that his church has The Truth. It gets a little tiresome.
I wonder what Father Brown would have done with the investigations into pederasty of the late 20th century?
The `Preface' by Auberon Waugh tells about Chesterton's personality and habits. GKC had sympathy of the people and against the rich rulers (p.viii). His `Father Brown' stories were popular on both sides of the Atlantic (p.x). Chesterton was known for his love of paradoxes, "truth standing on its head to get attention". The `Foreword' by R.T. Bond tells how Chesterton invented the character of Father Brown after a discussion with a curate, who told him about practices unimaginable to Chesterton. Later he heard college students wonder what a curate could know about real life. Chesterton's detective would be ordinary appearing, even dull, individual. Yet he would figure out a mystery that seemingly wiser men could not fathom. Instead of analyzing clues, Father Brown tried to get inside the mind of the murderer to determine his motive and identity. [Today we would call that profiling.] This book contains all fifty-one stories. They are always entertaining and amusing even if some details are now as extinct as a horse and buggy or may seem improbable.
"The Innocence of Father Brown" (1911) has twelve stories.
The Blue Cross; The Secret Garden; The Queer Feet; The Flying Stars;
The Invisible Man; The Honor of Israel Gow; The Wrong Shape;
The Sins of Prince Saradine; The Hammer of God; The Eye of Apollo;
The Sign of the Broken Sword; The Three Tools of Death.
"The Wisdom of Father Brown" (1913) has twelve stories.
The Absence of Mr. Glass; The Paradise of Thieves; The Duel of Dr. Hirsch;
The Man in the Passage; The Mistake of the Machine; The Head of Caesar;
The Purple Wig; The Punishing of Pendragon; The God of the Gong;
The Salad of Colonel Cray; The Strange Crime of John Boulnois;
The Fiery Tale of Father Brown.
"The Incredulity of Father Brown" (1923) has eight stories.
The Resurrection of Father Brown; The Arrow of Heaven; The Oracle of the Dog;
The Miracle of Moon Crescent; The Curse of the Golden Cross; The Dagger with Wings;
The Doom of the Darnaways; The Ghost of Gideon Wise.
"The Secret of Father Brown" (1927) has ten stories.
The Secret of Father Brown; The Mirror of the Magistrate; The Man with Two Beards;
The Song of the Flying Fish; The Actor and the Alibi; The Vanishing of Vaudrey;
The Worst Crime in the World; The Red Moon of Meru; The Chief Mourner of Marne;
The Secret of Flambeau.
"The Scandal of Father Brown" (1935) has nine stories.
The Scandal of Father Brown; The Quick One; The Blast of the Book;
The Green Man; The Pursuit of Mr. Blue; The Crime of the Communist;
The Point of a Pin; The Insoluble Problem; The Vampire of the Village.