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A Good Place To Start

The Complete Father Brown (Father Brown Mystery) 1

A Bad Place To Start

The Man Who Was Thursday 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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webtarkeena May 2nd, 2007 05:28 PM PST

Chesterton is a considerably harder read for modern readers than CS Lewis, but well worth the trouble. For starters I would recommend any of the Father Brown books, which have no particular order that need be maintained.
The Man Who Was Thursday is a fascinating and thought provoking book, but Very deep and a bit inaccessible. You might want to start with Father Brown (the mysteries come several to a book and may be read in one sitting) before biting off Thursday.
I have not read any of his non-fiction, but from the selected quotes I've come accross I have no doubt that it would be well worth doing.


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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (May 29, 1874–June 14, 1936) was an influential English writer of the early 20th century. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, poetry, biography and Christian apologetics, but today he is probably best remembered for his Father Brown short stories.

Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox."[1] He wrote in an off-hand, whimsical prose studded with startling formulations. For example: "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it."[2] He is one of the few Christian thinkers who are admired and quoted equally by liberal and conservative Christians, and indeed by many non-Christians. Chesterton's own theological and political views were far too nuanced to fit comfortably under the "liberal" or "conservative" banner. He is not to be confused with his cousin, A. K. Chesterton.

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