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08-03-2012, 11:35 AM
Has anyone read him?

Particularly interested in hearing about experiences beyond Father Brown and the most famous novels (the only things I've dealt with so far).

I read somewhere that his book on Thomas Aquinas is one of the most convincing accounts of Catholicism imaginable. What this might mean I just can't fathom, but I intend to!

08-03-2012, 02:12 PM
I've only read Father Brown and The Man Who Was Thursday - which I guess is exactly what you're talking about as an obvious novel. Still, TMWWT is suppposed to be a Christian allegory I guess but I enjoyed reading it more as just a fun and silly adventure.

08-03-2012, 09:18 PM
Love him. Orthodoxy is worth a read:


I read a lot of non-fiction a few years ago - lots of very opinionated pieces but the quality of writing very impressive.
His biog of Dickens is also great.
Man who was Thursday is good fiction and I'd happily read the Father Brown stories over and again.

08-03-2012, 09:57 PM
I want to read The Napoleon of Notting Hill, primarily because of the quote Neil Gaiman uses at the beginning of Neverwhere:
"I have never been to St. John's Wood. I dare not. I should be afraid of the innumerable night of fir trees, afraid to come upon a blood red cup and the beating of the wings of an eagle."

09-03-2012, 12:00 PM
Thanks for the Orthodoxy tip. I downloaded it and will read it on my iPhone.

In the mean time, enjoying The Club of Queer Trades very much indeed.

09-03-2012, 12:27 PM
I fucks wit him.

Related tip: Ed Fesser's book on Aquinas is good.

24-03-2012, 06:34 PM
I really enjoyed The Man Who Was Thursday. I don't know about allegory but the conclusion draws it well above the very entertaining adventure story it follows. I've got quite a few of his books that I am yet to read, but the titles are great : The Flying Inn, A Miscellany of Men, and so on, so yeah, a fan