Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

One Can Go Off People

I thought it would be fun to re-read some of the Father Brown stories (in conjunction with watching the TV show) and so it is- because they're colourful and clever- but also I'm gritting my teeth. Chesterton was a polemicist- which is a fancy name for pub bore- and is always banging on about his blasted opinions. He once accused H.G. Wells of having sold his birth right as a story teller for a pot of message- and if there was ever a case of the pot calling the kettle black...

Yes, everything modern is wrong and it would be so much better if we reverted to being medieval Catholics- now get on with it and solve the murder, please?

Hardest to take is the anti-semitism. One expects the odd unthinking flicker of prejudice from writers of this vintage and one steels oneself in advance- but with Chesterton it's persistent. He's always dragging Jews into his stories for no better reason than to make snide remarks about them.

It's unusual for me to fall out of love with a favourite author, but I think I just did.

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