The Trees of Prideby G. K. Chesterton, Fiction

The Trees of Prideby G K Chesterton Fiction We wish you d get rid of what you ve got here sir he observed digging doggedly Nothing ll grow right with them here Shrubs said the Squire laughing You don t call the peacock trees shrubs do you

  • Title: The Trees of Prideby G. K. Chesterton, Fiction
  • Author: G.K. Chesterton
  • ISBN: 9780809598014
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Hardcover
  • We wish you d get rid of what you ve got here, sir, he observed, digging doggedly Nothing ll grow right with them here Shrubs said the Squire, laughing You don t call the peacock trees shrubs, do you Fine tall trees you ought to be proud of them Ill weeds grow apace, observed the gardener Weeds can grow as houses when somebody plants them Then he add We wish you d get rid of what you ve got here, sir, he observed, digging doggedly Nothing ll grow right with them here Shrubs said the Squire, laughing You don t call the peacock trees shrubs, do you Fine tall trees you ought to be proud of them Ill weeds grow apace, observed the gardener Weeds can grow as houses when somebody plants them Then he added Him that sowed tares in the Bible, Squire Oh, blast your began the Squire, and then replaced the apt and alliterative word Bible by the general word superstition He was himself a robust rationalist, but he went to church to set his tenants an example Of what, it would have puzzled him to say.

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    1. This is at one and the same time one of Chesterton's paradoxical mysteries and one of his most pronounced moral landscapes. What I mean by this expression is that the author uses a strange, even eldritch landscape as suggesting a moral evil or imbalance that must be righted. He has used this technique to great effect in The Man Who Was Thursday as well as many of the Father Brown stories. In this case, the moral landscape is dominated by some exotic trees brought from Africa to Cornwall by one o [...]

    2. Brilliant. A fascinating mystery that ultimately leads to a crucial philosophical point. Chesterton's writing requires some effort to appreciate, but few people in history possessed a greater felicity with language than he did--and even fewer possessed a greater mental alacrity. You'd be hard-pressed to find another book that packs so much into four measly chapters.

    3. 3.5 stars - good!I really enjoyed this story, but it was kind of hard for me to get through. It was written in such a way that, if I had had to pick apart the story word by word, I wouldn't have understood it. But after reading a sentence and thinking it over, I'd realize I understood the gist of it. (Does that make sense?) It was rather distracting in the beginning. (This might have been because I started this book after midnight and before I had any refreshing sleep. Once I had had some sleep [...]

    4. A fun mystery. Foreign trees planted in England. Many claim they are haunted and bring death. The owner says that is ridiculous so he goes to spend the night in the trees. He disappears. GKC writes in such a lively way. His descriptions amaze me. A short book that is very worth the read.

    5. If you've read a lot of Chesterton's mysteries, you see many of the twists of this one coming. Upon the first meeting of the poet and the nobleman's daughter, you can guess how that's going to turn out- it's a favorite Chesterton trope. Likewise with the eventual resolution, which I'll admit I didn't have pegged down exactly, but with Chesterton you know that there's going to be something that reveals the story as not exactly how you assumed it to be. I really should have guessed the solution gi [...]

    6. I read this story immediately following "The Man Who Knew Too Much". I enjoyed this much more simply because it was one story. Like the previous collection of stories this one doesn't get off to a quick start. There are lots of character introductions and, as this is one of my main difficulties with stories, I sometimes had trouble keeping them straight. The first chapter establishes the characters and the surrounding aura of the place the characters inhabit. The author does perhaps his best job [...]

    7. Unlike most of Chesterton's fiction that I've read (I humbly put forward that I've read quite a bit), Trees of Pride is surprisingly bare of philosophical or theological subtext. It's a pleasant change for Chesterton, if only because it demonstrates that he did not need to imbue his writing with analogy in order to entertain. The Trees of Pride is a good old fashioned murder mystery, and a good enough one that I couldn't predict the ending, as I am want to try to do. Four stars. A nice little bo [...]

    8. The world of G.K. Chesterton is a strange one -- there are sensible explanations for everything, but they aren't always ones that mere humans can understand. And his novella "The Trees of Pride" is all about the people who intentionally blind themselves to the possibitilies of the world around them.Squire Vane is one of those men who doesn't believe in much of anything, and he definitely doesn't believe any of the stories about his "peacock trees" (which the locals claim spread disease and eat p [...]

    9. An entertaining short read. It has many of the familiar "types" the Chesterton likes to work with in his fiction, such as the non-believing rationalist, the dreamy mystic, etc. However, in the end the truth is found out not by a religious or mystical sort, but an atheist in all but name, and that by working in tandem with another non-believer. Given Chesteton's religious leanings, I Found the final resolution to this short story entertaining and a bit surprising. The main lesson Chesterton sough [...]

    10. The wit and wordplay of Chesterton is one of the reasons I enjoy reading his works so much, this being no exception. The story draws one in and the ending, while it may have crossed your mind, will still be unpredictable. I would have given this book 4 stars, but there are other Chesterton works that are better (particularly The Man Who Knew Too Much, or The CLub of Queer Trades) in the same amount or less writing.I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys wordplay, mysteries, an [...]

    11. It has been impossible for me to find a bad Chesterton book. This one is a great short read that still makes you think about how people perceive other people's beliefs and how they inconsistently take leaps of faith in some aspects and they regard others as superstitious.

    12. Great ReadI chose this rating because I love GK Chesterton and have read many of his books. It was a real page turner.

    13. I really enjoyed this book. Chesterton is such fantastic writer! I liked all the different examples of superstition and pride, even in those who believed they didn't have either.

    14. Wonderful 4-chapter murder mystery. Very standard Chesterton; he manages to be poetic and romantic and a bit of a mystic and then bait-and-switch the reader with a quite rational, scientific ending.

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