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The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G.K. Chesterton
Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Paradoxes of Mr. The Paradoxes of Mr. 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 oas 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”. PaperbackDover Books on Literature and Dramapages. Published January 1st by Dover Publications first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Paradoxes of Mr.
Pondplease sign up. Be the first to ask a mr.ppond about The Paradoxes of Mr. Lists with This Book. 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. 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: 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.
The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond
It is a thing of great moments; and it lives on the memory of moments. Perhaps it is a fragile illusion; paraddojas, 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. 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 pxradojas importance. Sep 28, Leslie rated it liked it Shelves: Chesterton paints word pictures that are kind of like an Arthur Rackham illustration – realistic, distorted and ethereal whimsy.
He takes laas images and pulls out the extraordinary, the humorous, the absurd, and the magical. And paradpjas 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 Paradojjas illustration – realistic, distorted and ethereal whimsy. The reason is the mechanism Chesterton chose to draw them all together: 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 dee 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.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Posthumously published, Chesterton’s last crime novels. View all 4 comments. May 18, Michael Joosten rated it really liked it. Although, I suppose, technically a collection of mystery short stories, The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond don’t quite read like detective stories.
This is a negative, if you find yourself solving the paradox a bit before the characters do and you were expecting an Agatha Christie-level puzzle. Sep 13, Dee rated it it was ok. I really disliked Chesterton’s writing style, it’s extremely long-winded with paragraphs that run for entire pages.
I wouldn’t read Chesterton again I think. Feb 19, Smallllama rated it it was amazing. My favorite short story of all time, “Ring of Lovers,” is in this book. Dec 29, Nina Ive rated it liked it. I only read the three horseman as I couldnt find a listing for it by itself as a short story. Jan 02, Bbrown rated it liked it Shelves: I always enjoy reading Chesterton, even if it isn’t the best Chesterton.
Pond brings the paradoxes that Chesterton loves so much to the fore through the titular character of Mr. Pond is not as interesting a character at Father Brown or Gabriel Syme or the plethora of other characters that populate GKC’s fiction.
While the protagonists of Four Faultless Felons also deal in paradoxes, their delivery felt more natural, while Pond’s poor communications co I always enjoy reading Chesterton, even if it isn’t the best Chesterton. While the protagonists of Four Faultless Felons also deal in paradoxes, their delivery felt more natural, while Pond’s poor communications come off as more blatant mystery setups than what Chesterton usually writes. A few of the mysteries are clever, and even the ones that aren’t particularly clever have some good witty lines for which Chesterton can always be relied upon.