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About the Author
- File Size : 219 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 114 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0082S1PKQ
- Publication Date : May 12, 2012
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1537104357
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,319 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These six stories are supposedly mysteries, but they are more along the lines of odd events with odd explanations. All six stories are connected to the Club of Queer Trades, a highly unusual and eccentric club composed of members who have created unique and original ways of making a living. We "solve" these mysteries in the company of Basil Grant, an ex-judge, who somehow manages to be both edgy and vague at the same time.
These are not Sherlock Holmes mysteries, indeed they explicitly reject the rational and deductive in favor of the intuitive. They are solved off-handedly and almost mystically. The solutions are improbable and droll. Our hero spends a good deal of his page time laughing to himself and his pronouncements are aphoristic and often well beside the point. Mystery lovers did not particularly care for these stories; the hero was not exactly embraced by the reading public; many Chesterton admirers either didn't get or didn't appreciate the joke.
But, I read these stories as simply an opportunity for Chesterton to have some light fun. If you just read it for the occasional throwaway line, or pointed observation, or withering aside, or colorful turn of phrase I suggest you will be quite well rewarded by this curious collection.
I must say, when I finished reading these stories I was depressed. I want more, and will likely try and write some myself both as tribute to Chesterton, and partly to satisfy my desire for more. These characters are endearing and likeable, but the plots and their corresponding twists are downright epic. Who would of thought of an unassuming priest pretending to be a drunk old lady while dressed in drag? Or a garden plot spelling out in beatific blossoms a threat of death? The price is unbeatable, to be sure; but if you have the time, and wish to explore worlds that lay foundations of excellent narration and speculation, then I implore you to read through "The Club if Queer Trade."
Top reviews from other countries
The only negative was the formatting (kindle version) which had very irregular line spacing and seemed odd at first but fine when you get into it.