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Book reviews - The Club of Queer Trades

The Club of Queer Trades


Author: G. K. Chesterton
British writers have long enjoyed inventing preposterous clubs with eccentric members, unusual qualifications for membership and zany rules of behavior. The brilliant and gifted G. K. Chesterton was no exception, and the entertaining short stories in this volume revolve around just such an institution. In The Club of Queer Trades, candidates qualify for admission by creating a thoroughly original profession and proving they can make a living from it.
Six marvelously funny episodes with improbable plots are made especially pleasurable through Chesterton's vivid descriptions of late Victorian London, sly pokes at the legal system, and a characteristic gift for delicious nonsense. In each story, a bizarre crime — such as kidnapping of a respected clergyman in "The Awful Reason of the Vicar's Visit" — seems in the process of being committed. Actually, the events are all frenzied activities traceable to club members or would-be members. Here are intriguing tales of a little old lady imprisoned in a gloomy private dungeon; of prim and proper matrons bent on committing evil deeds; of a former British army officer and his extremely unusual residence; and a host of other incredible characters and situations.
Admirers of Chesterton's work will be delighted to learn that this edition contains all 32 of the author's own original illustrations — the first republication to do so. In addition, a new Introduction on Chesterton's life and art and an appreciation of the special qualities of this work.


US publication: 1905
Detective: n/a
Genre: collections