Monday 24 April 2017

The Shop of Ghosts - G.K. Chesterton

The Shop of Ghosts
G.K. Chesterton

Audio Version

This short story first appeared in the London Daily News, and later in 1909 in the collection Tremendous Trifles. It is interesting the first time I read this story I was a little bewildered. Maybe I did not give it enough attention, maybe I was distracted but I found it lacking, and yet something about the story pulled at me. I came back and read it a few more times, and with each reading I liked it more.  I have found a number of sites that have various text versions of the story, with or without commentary. There is also a wonderful audio version available here. And to be honest I like listening to the story almost more than reading it.

It was interesting seeing Father Christmas meet Charles Dicken, Sir Richard Steele in a shop on the side of the street that spans space and time. 

This little story is worth a read and a listen. And I have found that the more times I read the more I appreciate it. But from the title and the recommendation I received it was not at all what I expected!

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books in the Classic Wisdom Collection:
Be Not Afraid: Wisdom from John Paul II
Christ in Our Midst: Wisdom from Caryll Houselander
Comfort in Hardship: Wisdom from Thérèse of Lisieux
Courage in Chaos: Wisdom from Francis de Sales
Inner Peace: Wisdom from Jean-Pierre de Caussade
Intimacy in Prayer: Wisdom from Bernard of Clairvaux
Life's Purpose: Wisdom from John Henry Newman
Path of Holiness: Wisdom from Catherine of Siena
Peace in Prayer: Wisdom from Teresa of Avila
Secret to Happiness: Wisdom from John XXIII
Secrets of the Spirit: Wisdom from Luis Martinez
A Simple Life: Wisdom from Jane Frances de Chantal
Solace in Suffering: Wisdom from Thomas à Kempis
Strength in Darkness: Wisdom from John of the Cross

The Shop of Ghosts - A Short Story

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