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British writers have long enjoyed inventing preposterous clubs with eccentric members, unusual qualifications for membership and zany rules of behavior. The brilliant and gifted G. K. Chesterton was no exception, and the entertaining short stories in this volume revolve around just such an institution. In The Club of Queer Trades, candidates qualify for admission by creatiBritish writers have long enjoyed inventing preposterous clubs with eccentric members, unusual qualifications for membership and zany rules of behavior. The brilliant and gifted G. K. Chesterton was no exception, and the entertaining short stories in this volume revolve around just such an institution. In The Club of Queer Trades, candidates qualify for admission by creating a thoroughly original profession and proving they can make a living from it.Six marvelously funny episodes with improbable plots are made especially pleasurable through Chesterton's vivid descriptions of late Victorian London, sly pokes at the legal system, and a characteristic gift for delicious nonsense. In each story, a bizarre crime — such as kidnapping of a respected clergyman in "The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit" — seems in the process of being committed. Actually, the events are all frenzied activities traceable to club members or would-be members. Here are intriguing tales of a little old lady imprisoned in a gloomy private dungeon; of prim and proper matrons bent on committing evil deeds; of a former British army officer and his extremely unusual residence; and a host of other incredible characters and situations.Admirers of Chesterton's work will be delighted to learn that this edition contains all 32 of the author's own original illustrations — the first republication to do so. In addition, a new Introduction on Chesterton's life and art and an appreciation of the special qualities of this work....

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  • Hákon Gunnarsson
    2019-03-13 21:02

    There are very few writers that write detective fiction in the same way as Chesterton. On the face of it, his set up is often quite usual. The Club of Queer Trades has a somewhat similar set up as the Sherlock Holmes stories, an brilliant independent investigator is followed by the narrator, though the Chesterton story does have a one more central character.The difference is that there are no murders in The Club of Queer Trades as there would be in pretty much all traditional detective stories. In fact, there isn't any real crime to speak of in these six stories. They all center around the concept queer trades which has nothing to do with what would be called queer today. It means unusual, or peculiar trades. People that have made up their profession from scratch, and can be called unique in some way. That part of the story is actually quite interesting. The main problem I have with this book is that the central "investigator" is rather annoying. He is way too pompous to be really likeable. If this was the usual detective story I probably would have given up on these stories pretty quick because of him, but this isn't a usual genre entry. For that reason I thought it was worth reading to the end. Some of these "trades" have some become a real professions, others I suspect will never become anything but ideas in this book. So I thought it was fun read.I listened to the LibriVox audiobook, and I have to add that the reader did a good job.

  • Jesse Broussard
    2019-03-09 19:07

    How even to review this? And what exactly is the point? For that matter, what was the point of it being written? It certainly wasn't a necessary book. I don't believe the great Catholic ever sat down and said, "How to save England and the rest of the world? Ah, this will do the trick." And if I'm mistaken, if he did utter such a phrase, it wasn't about this book. Perhaps he simply needed to stretch the legs of his mind--indeed, I shall take that as the excuse (it will serve as well as any other), and now, allow me to invite you to accompany him in his hike, for the air has the smell of salt, yet there are mountains, valleys, dark close woods and expansive vistas unfolding as vast as the very designs of God. How does one take words--I dare say he employed none that I am not on intimate terms with--and craft such glories as this book with them? I love words (and use them interminably), but they do not perform for me the way they do for him. I would give all I own to be able to see the world with the eyes of Chesterton—wait: no, this isn't true. I would not. Were I to receive his vision it would terrify me, and I would probably give all I own to be restored to my blind state. Indeed, what would a man give to restore the roof of the sky if it were at a moment rent away? It is no wonder that we build house-boxes to enclose our souls so that the four corners of the world do not tear them apart. We build fences and post signs and do all we can to make the world a safe, a soft place, when there is nothing quite so suddenly savage or terrible as a dandelion or a daffodil, and a dragon is no more awesome (though grown somewhat less common) than a dragonfly. Yet we seek to finally and fully conquer nature through knowledge: we seek to tame the world with science.But Chesterton did not. He wanted the world to be wild, and he rebelled at the tired, grey apathy of sin that disguises itself in the guise of respectability and wisdom. So, he carried a brace of loaded pistols, a dagger, a sword cane and a cape, and he laughed as loudly and often as a child. For the world was not a safe place, and he was not a safe man.Indeed, Chesterton was a man, who, with N. D. Wilson, would not be afraid that he would fall off a cliff, but that he would jump.

  • MTK
    2019-03-06 16:00

    A collection of little charm-like stories that combine to make a lovely bracelet of a book.

  • Brendan
    2019-03-10 17:09

    Chesterton's book is a series of mystery stories involving a narrator and his friend, the eccentric ex-judge Basil Grant. Each story is about someone who belongs to the Club of Queer Trades--someone who makes his living in an unique way. I haven't read any Chesterton before, but was delighted by the breadth and depth of the mysteries. They had a variety of means and ends, and often didn't involve murder or other sordid crimes. At the same time, the detective Basil Grant becomes a sort of anti-Sherlock, relying more on what he knows about people through his long study of them, rather than through detailed facts and clues. There's an interesting passage about the unreliability of facts: "Facts," murmured Basil, like one mentioning some strange, far-off animals, "how facts obscure the truth. I may be silly—in fact, I'm off my head—but I never could believe in that man—what's his name, in those capital stories?—Sherlock Holmes. Every detail points to something, certainly; but generally to the wrong thing. Facts point in all directions, it seems to me, like the thousands of twigs on a tree. It's only the life of the tree that has unity and goes up—only the green blood that springs, like a fountain, at the stars." ("Death to Major Brown")This anti-rational approach depends on the spiritual approach to the universe. Basil functions like the physiologies (common books from the early 1800s that described residents of the city using broad caricatures), abstracting ideas about the character of people he meets not from any specific facts but rather from the general impression of them as people.This book also features a club that seems to be the inspiration for the movie The Game -- the Adventure and Romance Agency: "Major," said he, "did you ever, as you walked along the empty street upon some idle afternoon, feel the utter hunger for something to happen—something, in the splendid words of Walt Whitman: 'Something pernicious and dread; something far removed from a puny and pious life; something unproved; something in a trance; something loosed from its anchorage, and driving free.' Did you ever feel that?" "Certainly not," said the Major shortly. "Then I must explain with more elaboration," said Mr Northover, with a sigh. "The Adventure and Romance Agency has been started to meet a great modern desire. On every side, in conversation and in literature, we hear of the desire for a larger theatre of events for something to waylay us and lead us splendidly astray. Now the man who feels this desire for a varied life pays a yearly or a quarterly sum to the Adventure and Romance Agency; in return, the Adventure and Romance Agency undertakes to surround him with startling and weird events. As a man is leaving his front door, an excited sweep approaches him and assures him of a plot against his life; he gets into a cab, and is driven to an opium den; he receives a mysterious telegram or a dramatic visit, and is immediately in a vortex of incidents. A very picturesque and moving story is first written by one of the staff of distinguished novelists who are at present hard at work in the adjoining room...." "How on earth does the thing work?" asked Rupert Grant, with bright and fascinated eyes. "We believe that we are doing a noble work," said Northover warmly. "It has continually struck us that there is no element in modern life that is more lamentable than the fact that the modern man has to seek all artistic existence in a sedentary state. If he wishes to float into fairyland, he reads a book; if he wishes to dash into the thick of battle, he reads a book; if he wishes to soar into heaven, he reads a book; if he wishes to slide down the banisters, he reads a book. We give him these visions, but we give him exercise at the same time, the necessity of leaping from wall to wall, of fighting strange gentlemen, of running down long streets from pursuers—all healthy and pleasant exercises. We give him a glimpse of that great morning world of Robin Hood or the Knights Errant, when one great game was played under the splendid sky. We give him back his childhood, that godlike time when we can act stories, be our own heroes, and at the same instant dance and dream." ("Death to Major Brown")One might also suggest that the appeal of ARGs depends on this same dissatisfaction with pre-packaged media entertainment. What doesn't figure here, though, is the rise of mix culture. The ability to remix and create your own media undoes some of the malaise of the modern man.

  • Laura
    2019-03-15 19:14

    FRom BBC Radio 4 - 4 Extra Debut:4 Extra Debut. A retired soldier finds himself threatened by a flowerbed. Stars David Warner, Martin Freeman, Geoffrey Whitehead and Vicki Pepperdine.1. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown.2. The Painful Fall of a Great Reputation.3. The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit.4. The Singular Speculation of the House Agent5. The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd

  • Douglas Dalrymple
    2019-03-01 20:06

    Chesterton’s early work has a strong flavor of Robert Louis Stevenson. The stories collected here, for example, might have made an acceptable addition to RLS’s New Arabian Nights. While enjoyable, however, these tales are not quite of Stevenson’s quality; nor are they as good as Chesterton’s better Father Brown stories. Nonetheless, this was a fun read.

  • Bettie☯
    2019-02-28 00:03

    4 Extra Debut. A retired soldier finds himself threatened by a flowerbed. Stars David Warner, Martin Freeman, Geoffrey Whitehead and Vicki Pepperdine. From April 2005. Chesterton - The Club of Queer Trades - 6. The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady: Cries for help distract Rupert and Charlie from a pleasant summer evening. Could it be that Basil has an odd vocation of his own? Stars David Warner, Martin Freeman. From May 2005.Thoroughly enjoyed this and can say that Chesterton appeals to my inner wild child; unhappily he is not everyone's favourite cuppa.

  • Richard
    2019-02-25 20:29

    This is a delightful journey. Chesterton plays with a series of outrageously unlikely and seemingly impossible situations with remarkable literary panache and with consummate skill. On the surface the tales have a frothy insouciant elegance but watch out! Every so often Chesterton suddenly and brilliantly weaves in a revelatory moment of genuine aphoristic insight. Amazing book!

  • Dorcas
    2019-03-11 18:20

    Lovers of P G Wodehouse will likely enjoy this as well. I read the first story and part of the second but it's really not my style. But it's free on public domain so give it a go for yourself.

  • Grace
    2019-02-21 22:14

    Chesterton is just brilliant. I marveled as I worked through each of these chapters to see how they would explain themselves. Completely engrossing. I loved Basil Grant! What a cool headed, clear thinking character. I loved how he always had his wits about him as well as his religion. I enjoyed the last chapter where he deals with a couple of blokes who call themselves followers of Darwin. I don't want to give away any of the chapter so I will confine myself to Grant's summation of it. "The Darwinian movement has made no difference to mankind, except that instead of talking unphilosophically about philosophy, they now talk unscientifically about science." Exactly.

  • Jim
    2019-03-01 23:27

    G.K. Chesterton's The Club of Queer Trades is one of those bagatelles the author tossed off early in his career. It is about a unique club:The nature of this society, such as we afterwards discovered it to be, is soon and simply told. It is an eccentric and Bohemian Club, of which the absolute condition of membership lies in this, that the candidate must have invented the method by which he earns his living.The six stories remind me of another Chesterton work written about the same time, The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond. You may have heard the British expression “He'll never set the Thames on fire.” Well, in the first story, someone does just that.The central character is one Basil Grant, who just walked away from being a judge. He is the one who introduces the other characters, Swinburne and his detective brother Rupert, to the strangeness of the world thy live in:We all followed him. We snatched our hats from the hat-stand and our sticks from the umbrella-stand; and why we followed him we did not and do not know. But we always followed him, whatever was the meaning of the fact, whatever was the nature of his mastery. And the strange thing was that we followed him the more completely the more nonsensical appeared the thing which he said. At bottom, I believe, if he had risen from our breakfast table and said: “I am going to find the Holy Pig with Ten Tails,” we should have followed him to the end of the world. Like all of Chesterton's early fiction, The Club of Queer Trades is a joy to read and re-read.

  • Adrienne
    2019-03-05 22:26

    G.K. Chesterton is an excellent author; it's really too bad that more people don't know about him. His works do take a little mental effort to read, but the rewards are always an interesting and well-told story.The Club of Queer Trades is a set of short stories that are related to each other very slightly, by way of the titular Club. It's a very self-explanatory name; to get in to the group, you need to have invented a completely different occupation and to be able to make your living by your newly-invented job. The stories are all narrated by the same man, who, along with his friend Basil Grant, are presented with a series of hard-to-explain circumstances that turn out to relate to the club. The stories are interesting and quick reads, even though Chesterton can't resist putting in a bit of philosophy here and there. In many ways, they remind me of some of the Sherlock Holmes stories, although I think that Basil Grant is not so much a "functional sociopath" like Holmes, but more of an eccentric. He'd be easier to know, for sure.It was a real treat to come back to these stories after having read them many years ago. I'll have to pick up some more of Chesterton's fiction soon.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-17 23:26

    Another Librivox recording.The Librivox volunteer was fabulous! The same volunteer did all chapters and was just one of the best I've listened to.Here's the official summary:A collection of six wonderfully quirky detective stories, featuring the ‘mystic’ former judge Basil Grant. Each story reveals a practitioner of an entirely new profession, and member of the Club of Queer Trades. (Summary by David Barnes)The book starts off with the tremendous adventures of Major Brown that leads us to the first queer trade. Each chapter thereafter is a little story on it's own, detailing another queer trade.The club of queer trades itself is an exclusive club where the members must have their own trade that is unusual and has not been thought of before. Also, they must make their living at this trade in order to join the club.I listened to this while driving and doing chores. I loved it!Librivox recordingGutenberg Text

  • Jarrod
    2019-03-11 17:24

    I really didn't enjoy this for so many reasons but I will keep it brief. The Basil Grant character was an insufferably pompous, mercurial in his dispensing of his insights, over zealous, moralizing buffoon. Meanwhile the other characters were largely idiotic 2D straw men designed to reflect Basil's greatness. As for the "queer trades" they were in the most part decidedly disappointing. Chesterton, in his (clearly declared in this work) staunch religiosity, conservatism and bull headed disregard for reason and science, was utterly unpersuasive. This work seems to have been written as an attempt to criticize Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes character and his dedication to science and reason and for me failed utterly in this object. I am sorry but archaic morality, intuition and subtle mysticism are not believable devices by which mysteries can be solved. 2/5.

  • Janelle
    2019-03-09 17:12

    These stories were a bit formulaic however that didn't stop me enjoying them or Chesterton's wit and humour. I listened to the Librivox audiobook and the narrator was terrific.

  • Nicola Mansfield
    2019-03-16 00:18

    A short collection of quaint stories featuring Basil Grant, an eccentric, a former judge and current hermit. The narrator is his friend and tells us of conundrum's that Basil gets himself involved in and must solve. Halfway through Basil's brother Rupert who is an amateur detective and even more eccentric joins in the fun. Much more light-hearted than Father Brown stories. None of the stories features the club of queer trades but we are introduced to it in the first story and each subsequent story has a tie to the club.1) The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown - A highly interesting tale of mistaken identity and man's natural need to seek out adventure. Just long enough to get interested in the characters and the solution to the mystery was good fun. Loved the brief tongue-in-cheek mentions of both Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown. Great story to start the collection. (5/5)2. The Painful Fall of a Great Reputation - This was a bit tedious to read being mostly a conversation, or two, solely consisting of witty repartee. Said repartee being the plot of the story it is not out of place but much of it is of its own times making parts hard to "get" for a modern reader. However, there were quite a few quotable gems as is usual to be found in Chesterton's writings. (2/5)3. The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit - So this time around our narrator relates his own story as he is visited by a vicar with a most outrageous story of being forced at gunpoint to dress up as a little old lady. Basil comes in near the end to solve the shenanigans going on and we are introduced to a new trade worthy of the Club. (4/5)4. The Singular Speculation of the House-Agent - This is a farce. As usual, we have our narrator and Basil, but joining them this time is Basil's brother Rupert who is even more of a character than Basil. Rupert is an amateur detective and is suspicious of everything, putting facts together and coming up with totally wild deductions. This time he's just met Basil's adventurous friend and immediately distrusts him and tries to convince Basil he is a thief and a scoundrel. It was a lot of fun but I figured it out way before the characters did. (4/5)5. The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd - A strange story of a man who goes mad after a lot of witty repartee questioning his profession. He then ends up with a job worthy of the Queer Trades Club. Silly, really (3/5)6. The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady - The narrator and Basil hear a womaning moaning to be let out but when they find and try to rescue her she refuses to leave her prison. This starts off the finishing events which ties all the previous stories together and we finally get a glimpse of "The Club of Queer Trades". (4/5)

  • Sam Kabo Ashwell
    2019-03-10 00:18

    Episodic. To qualify for the titular club, you must have invented your profession -- the emphasis is on weird niches rather than world-shaking innovation. The everymannish narrator plays Watson to Basil Hart, a retired judge, in various mysteries which always lead to the discovery of a new member for the club.Basil Grant is an ex-judge, involunarily retired because he is too commonsensical. He is obviously a sort of commentary on Sherlock Holmes: where Holmes is always right because of his command of rational empiricism, Basil is always right because he is a fine judge of character and solidly pragmatic, although he is Holmesian in that he always rejects the most obvious explanation. He has a Holmes-like foil in his younger brother Rupert, who is frequently dashing off to solve crimes which turn out not to be crimes and apprehend criminals who Basil has known all along are good but eccentric.About half of the Queer Trades boil down to being hired out to sneak actors and theatrics into mundane life, either to deceive the client's social circle (one company detains unwanted guests; a man poses as a buffoon, allowing his client to deliver cutting wit from a script) or to entertain (the Adventure and Romance Company draws its clients into picturesque mysteries); the general pattern is that what appears like melodrama and adventure turns out to be prosaic.Basil, it eventually transpires, is the President of the Club of Queer Trades; his trade is as a judge in an honour-system, situation-ethics system for offences that are unethical or nasty but not actually criminal: "for selfishness, or for an impossible vanity, or for scandalmongering, or for stinginess to guests or dependents." Combined with his guiding principle of detection -- that there are Good People and Wicked People, and the difference can be discerned at a glance by an experienced eye -- this doesn't come across as wonderful an idea as Chesterton appears to think it is. The fact that it's a light work and doesn't wrangle overmuch with the idea doesn't help.Chesterton has a pleasant enough prose style, but the stories don't really satisfy as stories; some scenes are extended to the point of padding, various strings are left untied, and the prosaic explanations for each mystery -- usually relying heavily on coincidence -- are often not any more credible than the Conan Doyle-ish outcome that you're led to expect.The most interesting thing about this is its awareness the basic premises of its genre are not apolitical.

  • John
    2019-02-23 17:01

    The stories in this collection have a great deal in common with Chesterton's FATHER BROWN mysteries. Like Father Brown, former-judge Basil Grant initially comes across as an odd, ineffectual little man who speaks in riddles and lives with his head in the clouds. But, just as with Father Brown, the seeming nonsense that Basil speaks is actually the very solution that the more literal-minded (and unimaginative) detectives are looking for.As he so often does, G.K. Chesterton revels in poking fun at the Sherlock Holmes school of deduction. In Chesterton's world, knowing a bunch of facts won't get you anywhere. The important thing is understanding people--both as individuals and as a societal whole. Chesterton takes great pleasure in deviating from Conan Doyle's formula, but, in THE CLUB OF QUEER TRADES, he does somewhat borrow Doyle's tactic of writing from the first-person perspective of a sidekick. For me, THE CLUB OF QUEER TRADES is superior to any of the FATHER BROWN collections for two reasons: (1.) each story is more consistently entertaining the whole way through, and (2.) Basil's wild antics are a good deal more amusing than Father Brown's quiet brilliance. I also prefer it to any of the SHERLOCK HOLMES collections, but that's just me. The scope of Chesterton's wit never ceases to bowl me over...especially the way he tosses out brilliant philosophical insight as easily as breadcrumbs.

  • Julie Davis
    2019-02-24 18:25

    #7 - 2010At the beginning of the 20th century, in detective fiction there was Sherlock Holmes and that was all. There were other fictional detectives, to be sure, but they were only bad imitations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous consulting detective. The sleuths offered by other writers would try to outdo Holmes in eccentricity and in solving crimes that were evermore contrived and convoluted.But in 1905 a book of mysteries came along that finally managed to turn the Sherlock Holmes idea on its head. The book was The Club of Queer Trades by G.K. Chesterton. His detective, Rupert Grant, is a Sherlock Holmes-like private eye who investigates crimes and chases crooks with great self-assuredness in his powers of deduction. But he is always wrong. The hero of these stories is not Rupert, but his older brother, Basil Grant, a retired judge. In each case, Basil proves to Rupert hat there has been no crime and no crooks. (Read the entire lecture on this book, of which the above which has been an excerpt, here.This book was a delight from beginning to end, and I'm not really a G.K. Chesterton fan. I listened to the Librivox recording which was wonderfully read by David Barnes.

  • Roberta
    2019-03-12 17:03

    Se penso che stavo quasi per rimuoverlo dalla lista dei to-read per fare spazio ad altri titoli mi prenderei a righellate le mani da sola.Chesterton è geniale e geniale è il suo personaggio Basil, uno Sherlock Holmes molto più sociale di quello vero. Ottima anche la presentazione in copertina: Le apparenze sono sinistre; il mistero agli inizi della vicenda è dei più cupi e inquietanti; l’evidenza dei fatti sta lì a indicare che una mente criminosa è al lavoro o ha già condotto a termine il lavoro.. Citate il rasoio di Occam o Dylan Dog, ma il concetto rimane lo stesso: anche la situazione più strana ha una spiegazione, basta cercarla senza fermarsi alle apparenze.Secondo me è ottimo anche l'ordine in cui i sei racconti sono proposti, perché portano il lettore ad accettare situazioni leggermente sempre più strane. Quando sono arrivata all'ultima storia, in cui Basil e un quasi professorone del British Museum saltellavano serissimi per il giardino, ho dovuto posare il libro e ridacchiare.

  • Nathaniel
    2019-03-03 21:26

    This book is comprised of several one chapter fictions written in the vein of Sherlock Holmes, but with a style and moral twist that only Chesterton can impart. A short, yet fun read. "What I complain of is a vague popular philosophy which supposes itself to be scientific when it is really nothing but a sort of new religion and an uncommonly nasty one. When people talk about the fall of man they knew they were talking about a mystery, a thing they didn't understand. Now that they talk about the survival of the fittest they think they do understand it, whereas they have not merely no notion, they have an elaborately false notion of what the word means. The Darwinian movement has made no difference to mankind, except that, instead of talking unphilosophically about philosophy, they now talk unscientifically about science."

  • Mitch
    2019-03-10 17:21

    This title was really just fine in its day. Now, not so much.The book is a series of short mystery stories linked by a unique British club. As in all short story collections, some are better than others.I enjoyed G.K.'s writing style (a bit archaic now, but I love the interesting way his characters speak to one another) and his obvious love affair with the eccentric. Then again, he would often introduce oddities and then obviously hold off explaining them for far too long- not wanting to resolve the mystery before the story took up more pages, I guess. He also had a few plot holes and occasional predictability that undercut his storylines.Nevertheless, an enjoyable read if not undertaken too seriously.

  • Eneas Caro
    2019-02-24 16:11

    So Chesterton invented the concept of "escape rooms"? I must say, he's a great imaginer and a creative mind of exceptional splendour. I simply had encountered feelings regardless his neverending victorian prose, leaving nothing to the imagination. In modern day we take it upon ourselves to imagine what only writers like to etch out in front of us, but Chesterton -and I understand this was the norm back then- explains in many words what could be said in few. Tells us what to feel and what to see instead of hinting at it. I do say, if he were alive today, he would have a much different reception.Independently of this, the stories created were delightful and enterntaining, and I very much enjoyed this books thusly overall.

  • D'face
    2019-03-20 18:15

    A collection of short stories revolving around a retired and eccentric judge Basil Grant who solves mysteries in a way similar to Sherlock Holmes. There are some clever ideas included here, a business built around creating life threatening adventures for its bored and affluent clients, a famous life of the party fellow is exposed as a fraud, a witness to a crime gives a true address which cannot be found by the police despite the abode being provided by a reputable house agent, a language created in dance.Enjoyed these by Librivox during a long summer vacation in Mandurah, Western Australia.

  • John Owen
    2019-03-01 00:21

    An early (1905) collection of short stories by G.K. Chesterton, featuring the same characters, all revolving round the titular "Club of Queer Trades". In many ways, this is a precursor of Chesterton's much more successful Father Brown stories, in that a problem is stated, followed up, then solved, not always in a very logical way. If you're a completist for G.K.C.'s work, then seek this out. If you've not read him before, look for "The Man Who Was Thursday" or a collection of the Father Brown stories, which are much better written and still worth reading.

  • Miike
    2019-02-17 19:05

    I think Chesterton is the most overlooked and underrated author in the English language. This is a beautiful edition of one of my favourite books. The quality of writing is so good that it may take some time to read other more modern books. After reading this you may need to read Dickens to come down. This is a crime thriller and the use of the word queer relates not to its current use but means unique or singular. The club is made up from those who have an occupation shared by none. It's a well crafted crime thriller which I read in one sitting.

  • Anne Lee
    2019-03-10 18:17

    Wildly improbable but enjoyable - the version I read was published by Dover Books and included Chesterton's illustrations. Still it's pretty prescient - anticipating gaming and adventure parks and delightfully anarchic in the best sense.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-11 18:21

    I throughly enjoied the dry humor, irony and twists. It was surprizing and a little predictable but still very good. The imagination the G.K. Chesterton has amazes me. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  • Jeff Hobbs
    2019-02-17 16:04

    Read so far:The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown --3The Painful Fall of a Great Reputation --The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit --The Singular Speculation of the House-Agent --The Noticeable Conduct of Professor Chadd --The Eccentric Seclusion of the Old Lady --

  • Konstantinos
    2019-02-25 21:10

    O Chesterton έχει όχι μόνο ιδιαίτερη γραφή, αλλά και πλοκή εν έτει 1905, παντρεύοντας το μυστήριο και το αλλόκοτο με ωραίο χιούμορ!