The Club of Queer Trades

The Club of Queer Trades

eBook - 2013
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A collection of related short stories by British author G. K. Chesterton. Each story is centered on a person who is making his living by some novel and extraordinary means (a "queer trade"). To gain admittance to the Club, one must have a unique queer trade as principal source of income. "Cherub" Swinburne describes his quest for The Club of Queer Trades with his friend Basil Grant, a retired judge, and Rupert Grant, a private detective who is Basil's younger brother. Each of the stories describes their encounter with one of the trades. In the final story, Rupert Grant rescues a lady from her kidnappers but cannot understand why she refuses to be rescued. The answer leads to the unveiling of the mystery of The Club of Queer Trades.
Publisher: [United States] : Copyright Group : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781780007724
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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hania4987 Feb 21, 2014

These are 6 short stories with puzzles and quirky characters and curious events. Chesterton's dry humor is on display.

theorbys Jun 28, 2013

While the English did not produce great intellectual artistic movements like Dada and Surrealism, there is a strong, unique tradition of eccentric, often visionary, and fantastic literature by writers like Dickens, Carroll, Stapledon, Tolkien, Machen, and many more which Chesterton is quite at home in. His writing is particularly witty and offbeat. He, and many of these writers, were favorites of J L Borges who read them in preference to the more illustrious Continental writers, and I think with good reason. Give this small book of short tales a try.

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