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The Club of Queer Trades

G. K. Chesterton

Book Overview: 

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.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The Major and she are living as happily as birds, in an absurd villa, and the former has taken to smoking. Otherwise he is unchanged—except, perhaps, there are moments when, alert and full of feminine unselfishness as the Major is by nature, he falls into a trance of abstraction. Then his wife recognizes with a concealed smile, by the blind look in his blue eyes, that he is wondering what were the title-deeds, and why he was not allowed to mention jackals. But, like so many old soldiers, Brown is religious, and believes that he will realize the rest of those purple adventures in a better world.

Chapter 2. The Painful Fall of a Great Reputation

Basil Grant and I were talking one day in what is perhaps the most perfect place for talking on earth—the top of a tolerably deserted tramcar. To talk on the top of a hill is superb, but to talk on the top of a flying hill is a fairy tale.

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Community Reviews

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...more

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...more

Bizzarra e divertente questa piccola raccolta di storie, devo però dire di averla trovata un po’ ripetitiva e contraddittoria, come il solitario ma estroverso protagonista. È stato curioso assistere ogniqualvolta dove andasse a parare la “stravaganza” di turno, anche se non sempre il mestiere in...more

Originale e divertente, si è rivelato un libro da leggere senza troppe pretese. E magari trovarvi qualche idea per un lavoro.

Inventarsi dei mestieri stravaganti (ma anche remunerativi ed insoliti) può sempre tornar utile, no?

Sono sei racconti, collegati tra loro e con gli stessi protagonisti, am...more

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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, thou...more

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

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...more

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