Tales of the Long Bow

G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

These tales concern the doing of things recognized as impossible to do; impossible to believe; and, as the weary reader may well cry aloud, impossible to read about. Did the narrator merely say that they happened, without saying how they happened, they could easily be classified with the cow who jumped over the moon or the more introspective individual who jumped down his own throat. In short, they are all tall stories; and though tall stories may also be true stories, there is something in the very phrase appropriate to such a topsy-turvydom; for the logician will presumably class a tall story with a corpulent epigram or a long-legged essay. (From the book)

Genre(s): Humorous Fiction, Published 1900 onward

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Unpresentable Appearance of Colonel Crane Wayne Cooke
Play 02 The Improbable Success of Mr. Owen Hood Kingsnake
Play 03 The Unobtrusive Traffic of Captain Pierce Adele de Pignerolles
Play 04 The Elusive Companion of Parson White Owlivia
Play 05 The Exclusive Luxury of Enoch Oates Adele de Pignerolles
Play 06 The Unthinkable Theory of Professor Green Devorah Allen
Play 07 The Unprecedented Architecture of Commander Blair Wayne Cooke
Play 08 The Ultimate Ultimatum of the League of the Long Bow Wayne Cooke