Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.
– Stephen King
“We who make stories know that we tell lies for a living. But they are good lies that say true things, and we owe it to our readers to build them as best we can. Because somewhere out there is someone who needs that story. Someone who will grow up with a different landscape, who without that story will be a different person. And who with that story may have hope, or wisdom, or kindness, or comfort. And that is why we write.”
– Neil Gaiman in his Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech, The Graveyard Book
“Perhaps some day I’ll crawl back home, beaten, defeated. But not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow.”
– The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”
“Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
Clergy as detectives are both amusing and fascinating, having read F.H. Batacan’s Jesuit heroes Saenz and Lucero in Smaller and Smaller Circles. Batacan must have paid homage to Chesterton, but unlike the high-brow background of the former, Father Brown is a very low-key persona, and emerges a brilliant protagonist in the end. He is known in literary history to be humble and wise, distinguishing himself apart from the arrogance of just intellectual reasoning. His intuition is at fore in his cases, but his awareness of humanity’s evil ways are disclosed in the first short story of the book, ‘The Blue Cross’. His detective skills are more muted in ‘The Strange Crime of John Boulnois,’ the second and last story, but his simple logic had led him to free the accused in an interesting conversation to close this mini modern classic.
Wishing to find a complete digest of all Father Brown cases (Wikipedia says there are 52) soon because of this! God bless your good soul, Father Brown.