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Old 02-21-2010, 07:36 AM   #1
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Post Chesterton, G.K.: Father Brown Omnibus. v6. 21st Feb 2010

The complete "Father Brown" stories of G.K.Chesterton. This omnibus contains the following books:

1. The Innocence of Father Brown
2. The Wisdom of Father Brown
3. The Incredulity of Father Brown
4. The Secret of Father Brown
5. The Scandal of Father Brown

More information (from "Wikipedia"): No real spoilers here, so feel free to read it!

Father Brown is a short, stumpy Catholic priest, "formerly of Cobhole in Essex, and now working in London", with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella, but an uncanny insight into human evil.

He makes his first appearance in the famous story "The Blue Cross" and continues through the five volumes of short stories, often assisted by the reformed criminal Flambeau.

Unlike his more famous co-detective Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown's methods tend to be intuitive rather than deductive. He explains his method in "The Secret of Father Brown": "You see, I had murdered them all myself... I had planned out each of the crimes very carefully. I had thought out exactly how a thing like that could be done, and in what style or state of mind a man could really do it. And when I was quite sure that I felt exactly like the murderer myself, of course I knew who he was."

Father Brown's abilities are also considerably shaped by his experience as a priest and confessor. In "The Blue Cross", when asked by Flambeau, who has been masquerading as a priest, how he knew of all sorts of criminal "horrors", he responds: "Has it never struck you that a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins is not likely to be wholly unaware of human evil?". He also states a reason why he knew Flambeau was not a priest: "You attacked reason. It's bad theology." And indeed, the stories normally contain a rational explanation of who the murderer was and how Brown worked it out.

Despite his devotion, or perhaps, because of it, Father Brown always emphasises rationality: some stories, such as "The Miracle of Moon Crescent" and "The Blast of the Book", poke fun at initially sceptical characters who become convinced of a supernatural explanation for some strange occurrence, while Father Brown, despite, or rather because of, his religion and his belief in God and miracles, easily sees the perfectly ordinary, natural explanation. In fact, he seems to represent an ideal of a devout, yet considerably educated and "civilised" clergyman.

Enjoy!

Edit: 6 NOV 07

Uploaded v2 with significantly improved formatting.

Edit: 31 DEC 07

Created a proper MobiPocket version with library information, etc. Uploaded v3.

Edit: 23 MAR 08

Recreated the book to fix a problem with paragraph breaks. Uploaded v4.

EDIT: 9 Jul 09

Thoroughly proof-read the book against the Penguin edition of "The Complete Father Brown". Fixed several thousand errors as a result, and restored all the missing italics, accented letters, and other formatting which had been lost in the text-only source files. Uploaded v5.

EDIT: 21 Feb 10

Corrected some coding problems which prevented a clean conversion to ePub format. Uploaded v6.
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:11 AM   #2
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I've always loved the Father Brown stories! Thanks. If only Cadfael were in the public domain as well.
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:45 PM   #3
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Thanks Harry! I read a couple of Father Browns when I was ten years old, and I've thought about trying one now to see if I would still like it.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:51 PM   #4
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Thanks. I've heard mention of Father Brown for years but I've never read any of these books.
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:50 AM   #5
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Thumbs down Father Brown Omnibus

Big, big thank you.
I love reading Father Brown stories, but never found more than "The innocence of Father Brown" and "The wisdom of Father Brown" for my little PB360.
Now I finally get to read the rest of them.
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:57 AM   #6
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Many thanks, Harry. A too long-neglected re-read is coming on. Very best wishes. Neil
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:01 AM   #7
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Thank you, looking forward to re-reading,
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Thank you so much!! I have the dead tree book for this, but this is so much more convenient to carry around. They are perfect for intermittent filler reading, as well as immersive reading due to their sheer volume!!!
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:48 PM   #10
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Thanks Harry these books bring back memories of my childhood sitting at a very wooden desks in a drafty classroom as have been educated by Dominica Monks who were very keen on all pupils reading the Father Brown books-took me out of the real world which at times was a real tonic! Rogert
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Thank you so much!! I have the dead tree book for this, but this is so much more convenient to carry around. They are perfect for intermittent filler reading, as well as immersive reading due to their sheer volume!!!
Same here. It has been a favorite of mine for over 30 years. Now I can remove the hard cover edition and use the space for other books. I can also carry it with me on my trips to the far east. Thank you Harry.
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Harry have just started reading these again like so many others I read them all in childhood and are seeing new insights into these tales now that I am much much older!! Much easier to read the omnibus on e reader as not so heavy!! Rogert
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