The Innocence of Father Brown


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"The Innocence of Father Brown" is the first book of G.K. Chesterton's ingenious, thoughtful and lyrically written mystery short stories featuring the unassuming little priest who solves crimes by imagining himself inside the mind and soul of the criminal and understanding his motives. The stories are full of paradox, spiritual insight, and "Chestertonian fantasy," or seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.




"The Innocence of Father Brown" is the first collection of mystery short stories involving the fictional character Father Brown. Inspired by Father John O'Connor, GK Chesterton's friend and Catholic priest, Father Brown became one of the greatest fictional characters in detective mystery stories. Father Brown was a short unsuspecting priest with glasses who would solve crimes by understanding the human mind and soul of the criminals involved. This was a radically different approach from the imitators of Sherlock Holmes, trying to overdo each other with strange crimes focusing on physical clues. Many stories in The Innocence of Father Brown are filled with paradox, an understanding of human nature, and spiritual insight from the priest with Chestertonís unique style of looking into the ordinary as extraordinary. The Father Brown series has lead to the inspiration of Agatha Christie and many other writers. Alfred Hitchcock admired the Father Brown series as well.--Submitted by Anonymous.





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Donkey's Whistle : Whistler : Spots

Here's the quote with difficulties marked in bold (The priest) "but I saved the cross, as the cross will always be saved. It is at Westminster by now. I rather wonder you didn't stop it with the Donkey's Whistle." "With the what?" asked Flambeau. (the criminal) "I'm glad you've never heard of it," said the priest, making a face. "It's a foul thing. I'm sure you're too good a man for a Whistler. I couldn't have countered it even with the Spots myself; I'm not strong enough in the legs." "What on earth are you talking about?" asked the other. "Well, I did think you'd know the Spots," said Father Brown, agreeably surprised. My question is what could be Donkey's Whistle, and Whistler and Spots.


Connection with Evelyn Waugh

http://www.online-literature.com/chesterton/innocence_father_brown/3/ Here, in "The Queer Feet", is where Evelyn Waugh found the title for Part II of "Brideshead Revisited" Father Brown got to his feet, putting his hands behind him. "Odd, isn't it," he said, "that a thief and a vagabond should repent, when so many who are rich and secure remain hard and frivolous, and without fruit for God or man? But there, if you will excuse me, you trespass a little upon my province. If you doubt the penitence as a practical fact, there are your knives and forks. You are The Twelve True Fishers, and there are all your silver fish. But He has made me a fisher of men." "Did you catch this man?" asked the colonel, frowning. Father Brown looked him full in his frowning face. "Yes," he said, "I caught him, with an unseen hook and an invisible line which is long enough to let him wander to the ends of the world, and still to bring him back with a twitch upon the thread."


The Book

I think this is a great book,I have to read it for my English class in collge just to let you know so I love it and I think it is a nice work.I am sending tis note just to encourage you keep it up.


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No Subject

Its a quite intriguing masterpiece, the way all the facts manifest themselves makes it seem unreal. Yet ultimately the meek and sagacious father always brings the whole story to an end :) Magnificent masterpiece


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