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Return to Book Page. Preview — The Paradoxes of Mr. The Paradoxes of Mr. Chesterton ,. Martin Gardner Introduction. Pond' is G. Chesterton's final collection of detective stories, published after his death in The main characters in the book are Mr. Also mentioned in more than one chapter are Violet Varney, an actress, and her sister Joan, to whom Gahagan proposes after being suspected of having an affair with Lord Crome's wife in "Ring of Lovers".
Joan, now married to Gahagan, appears in the framing sequence of "A Tall Story". Get A Copy. Paperback , Dover Books on Literature and Drama , pages. Published January 1st by Dover Publications first published More Details Original Title.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Paradoxes of Mr. Feb 16, Stephen rated it it was amazing. This was an amazing book! I enjoyed it almost more than Father Brown. Chesterton's style of writing is both captivating and literate, and this book in particular is worth reading and rereading several times. The character of Mr. Pond is entertaining, and all the supporting characters are very good too. View 1 comment.
This volume consists of eight well-written humorous mysteries - which can be characterized as ingenious, light, escapist fiction, the opposite of thrillers. I was reminded of the Jeeves stories that I read long ago as a child given the correctness and gentility of the characters and the mild disparagement of anyone or anything not British, really the final echo of a non-ironic sense of British superiority in the waning days of Empire, given that the stories were written just before the Secon This volume consists of eight well-written humorous mysteries - which can be characterized as ingenious, light, escapist fiction, the opposite of thrillers.
I was reminded of the Jeeves stories that I read long ago as a child given the correctness and gentility of the characters and the mild disparagement of anyone or anything not British, really the final echo of a non-ironic sense of British superiority in the waning days of Empire, given that the stories were written just before the Second World War and the subsequent British Empire decolonization.
Even so the stories are charming - mostly consist of conversations in which the three main characters the obscure government functionary Pond, his colleague Sir Hubert Wotton, and the dashing young Irishman Captain Gahagan recount stories, in which mysteries are solved through logical deduction, etc.
I can see why the author was popular - since he's a fantastically precise and deliciously understated humorous writer, such that his prose transports you to the genteel world of Victorian palm-filled tea rooms, etc. It's great escapist fiction - entertaining, soothing and so forth.
The following quotes may give you an idea of the author's finely polished style: From "The Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse:" "[Pond describing the Prussian Marshal Von Grock:] He did not scoff at visions; he only hated them. He knew that a poet or a prophet could be as dangerous as an army.
Is it not enough for our kings that they should be our gods? Is it not enough for them to be served and saved? But Friendship always needs time. More and more and more time Love is like that. It is a thing of great moments; and it lives on the memory of moments.
Perhaps it is a fragile illusion; perhaps, on the other hand, it is eternal and beyond time. Half the time they are simply showing off by not showing off. But in Pond it's genuine. Pond, "are just incomplete enough to call out the imagination to complete them.
But they're going to suppress that newspaper. Louis:] And do you think It meant that in ancient Athens a man was sometimes exiled merely for being important; and the votes were recorded by oyster -shells.
In this case he should have been exiled for being important; but he was so very important that nobody could be told of his importance. Sep 28, Leslie rated it liked it Shelves: dad-s-books. Chesterton paints word pictures that are kind of like an Arthur Rackham illustration - realistic, distorted and ethereal whimsy.
He takes ordinary images and pulls out the extraordinary, the humorous, the absurd, and the magical.
And so it goes with the Paradoxes of Mr. They were a bit more forced. The reason is the mechanism Chesterton chose to draw them all togethe Chesterton paints word pictures that are kind of like an Arthur Rackham illustration - realistic, distorted and ethereal whimsy. The reason is the mechanism Chesterton chose to draw them all together: all begin with a paradox uttered by Mr.
Pond, an unassuming and fish-like civil servant. Then his friends laugh at his ability to condense something deep into something so pithy and inexplicable. And then he explains it as though it's obvious. Probably of necessity - it's not an easy thing to keep up - some of the paradoxes or their explanations feel contrived. Anyway, Chesterton still sprinkles lovely alliterations and descriptions of scenery and so forth throughout, which saves them even when they're most contrived Nov 21, Matt Sautman rated it it was amazing.
Called by some as the worst book that G. Chesterton has ever written, I cannot help but disagree wholly. Pond is incredibly charming, an occupant living in a world that does not always take him as seriously as they they should.
This collection of short stories regarding this titular government employee and his tendency to speak within paradoxes illustrates the Wittegensteinan notion that the meaning of the speaker is not always immediately grasped by the person listening to the story. As t Called by some as the worst book that G. As the result, the reader gets treated to such humorous gems as "Naturally, having no legs, he came first in the foot race.
The social commentaries regarding War, Nostalgia, and Culture are equally as stimulating. Aug 27, Garrett rated it really liked it. Pond are almost his parables, and are a concentrated dose of Chesterton's famous addiction to irony, litotes and, well, paradox. The stories are written in his characteristic style, and while they flit between different narrative layers, they are easy to read, and a good thing to.
The reader will find him or herself eagerly digesting the story to find the resolution to Mr. Pond's outrageous statement, which precedes every tale. Not as famous or clever as Father Brown, but another wonderful read from the brilliant, labyrinthian mind of GK.
Feb 26, Francisco rated it it was amazing. Simply delicious, in Chesterton's general tone. Great writing, very good stories especially the three first ones and tons of those witty sentences that make Chesterton one of the best writers ever existing in the Earth.
Aug 06, Bettie rated it it was ok Shelves: radio-4x , summer , published , shortstory-shortstories-novellas , mystery-thriller.
The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond
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