G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936)
The Paradoxes of Mr Pond (1937)
Eight good-humoured mysteries.
“The Paradoxes of Mr Pond is G. K. Chesterton's final collection of detective stories published after his death in 1936. Of the eight mysteries, seven were first printed in the Storyteller magazine. The Unmentionable Man was unique to the book.
The stories centre around a civil servant named Mr Pond (we are not told his first name). He is described as a very ordinary and fish-like man who has a habit of startling those who meet him with outrageous paradoxes of thought; otherwise he is a thoroughly unremarkable and even boring person.
For various reasons he comes to know of, or finds himself in the middle of, a dramatic, usually criminal, paradox…”
The collection contains some memorable lines, e.g.
“Love never needs time. But friendship always needs time. More and more time, until up past midnight.”
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