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Preview chestetton Manalive by G. Perhaps the most light-hearted of all Chesterton’s “serious” works, Chseterton pits a group of disillusioned young people against Mr.

Innocent Smith, a bubbly, high-spirited gentleman who literally chetserton into their midst. Chesterron accused of murder and denounced for philandering everywhere he goes, Smith prompts his newfound acquaintances to recognize an important idea in most Perhaps the most light-hearted of all Chesterton’s “serious” works, Manalive pits a group of disillusioned young people against Mr.

Later accused of murder chestrrton denounced for philandering everywhere he goes, Smith prompts his newfound acquaintances to recognize an important idea in most unexpected ways. Paperbackpages. Published November 27th by Dover Publications first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Manzliveplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 25, Jessica Snell rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first time I picked up this book, I was working in a library. I flipped it open and found this conversation: But the cold fact remains: Might as well talk about prudent suicides Who the devil are The first time I picked up chsterton book, I was working in a library.

Who the devil are you that you shouldn’t be unhappy, like the mother that bore you? I, for one, don’t expect till I die to be so good a man as Chsterton am at this minute – a tower with all the trumpets shouting. That was, oh, eight or nine years ago? We finally got our own copy last year, and it’s been sitting on my TBR shelf ever since – but no more!

I gobbled this up yesterday. Reading Chesterton mana,ive always a wild ride, and you’re never sure which way is up when you’re done. This novel’s hero, Innocent Smith, might come the closest to being an incarnation of Chesterton’s general philosophy of life of any of his characters – maybe even more than Fr.

The book starts in a London boarding house the day a wind kicks up, and with that wind comes a man named Innocent Brown, who first energizes everyone, then appears to do something criminally insane. The criminality is investigated, and it turns out that rather than being mad, Innocent Brown is in fact the sanest man that ever lived.

He breaks into his own house because he wishes to learn how to covet his own goods. He threatens suicide-fancying men with death so that they can see that they really prefer life. He pretends to meet his own wife for the first time over and over so that he can see her as he knows she ought to chezterton seen. And, as one character says, he did it all “in order to feel the same interest in his own affairs that he always felt in other people’s.


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Why, the whole aim of a house is to be a doll’s house. Don’t you remember, when you were a child, how those little windows Janalive windows, while all the big windows weren’t. A child has a doll’s house, and shrieks chestegton a front door opens inwards. A banker has a real house, yet how numerous are the bankers who fail to emit the faintest shriek when their real front doors open inwards “. I have found out how to make a big thing small.

I have found out how to turn a house into a doll’s house. Get a long way off it: God lets us turn all things into toys by his great gift of distance. The best part is reading the dialogue that occurs around him, as onlookers try to figure him out.

Michael, the man from the first dialogue I quoted, finally comes to the conclusion that Innocent “has distinguished between custom and creed.

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He has broken the conventions, but he has kept the commandments. Michael’s friend, Gould, then disagrees with him, saying gravely, “I do not believe that being perfectly good in all respects would make a man merry,” to which Michael replies, quietly, “Well, will you tell me one thing?

Which of us has ever tried it? View all 3 comments.

Purtroppo la traduzione, a mio parere approssimativa oltre che datata, banalizza e rende buffo un testo che sicuramente non lo vuole essere affatto. Le situazioni grottesche e surreali, la logica religiosa peraltro ricca di gioia e di vitalo stile peculiare ma per me odioso e l’inconcludenza hanno fatto il resto.

Ho letto su un sito le regole per leggere Chesterton: Prendetelo a piccole dosi; 2. Mi accorgo a posteriori di avere saltato le prime 4 regole.

Poco male, non valuto il libro, che lascio ai molti estimatori, passo oltre e dimentico velocemente Chesterton.

View all 11 comments. Dec 05, Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it Shelves: I prefer Chesterton’s non-fiction to his fiction, but this was still fun. His fiction tends to be more scattered that it needs to be, but it was still worthwhile reading. He just needed an editor who 1. Alas, Chestertonian editors are as rare as Chestertonian writers. Mar 13, Claire rated it it was amazing. This is quite possibly my favorite book. The “message,” storyline, characters, and even simply the choices of descriptive phrasing and wording all champion Chesterton’s favorite topic- the complete enjoyment of the “experiment of being.

It felt like he wrote it not to prove anything or make a great earth-shattering statement, but to celebrat This is quite possibly my favorite book. It felt like he wrote it not to prove anything or make a great earth-shattering statement, but to celebrate joy and life; a celebration which is better enjoyed by one who understands that Chesterton viewed joy and life as ways to praise God rather than simply ways to please yourself.

The characters are better understood if you understand the character of the author. Re-read in The first time I read this book, it took me several weeks. I struggled with the writing style and characters. As this was my pick for my book club this month, I prepped for a long, heavy read Only to fly through it in a little over an hour. How different this book reads when you know where it is going and that it is worth getting there!


This book is so powerful. I can’t wait to lead a discussion on it. Totally recommend, a must read at least once in your life. Challenges and yet readable and fun. Jul 21, Becca Jane rated it it was amazing. Chesterton is definitely my favorite author – he has brought life to my Christian walk. He has a fantastic understanding of the abundance of life chestertkn is present in creation, does a great job pointing out the falsity of modern nihilist thought, and is a genius as he uses paradox to illustrate many of his points.

Stick it out through the first few chapters, and you will be grateful you read this book. Jan 29, Corey rated it it was amazing. Chesterton really outdoes himself in this book. I mean to keep those bullets for pessimists-pills for pale people.

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And in this way I want to walk the world like a wonderful chestertno to float as idly as the thistledown, and come as silent as the sunrise; not to be expected any more than the thunderbolt, not to be recalled anymore than the dying breeze. I don’t want people to anticipate me as a well-known practical joke. I want both my gifts to come virgin and violent, the death and the life after death.

I am going to hold a pistol to the head of the Modern Man. But I shall not use it to kill him- only to bring him to life. I begin to see a new meaning in being the skeleton at the feast.

It isn’t only meant to remind us of a future chesterhon, but to remind us of a present life too. With out weak spirits we should grow old in eternity if we were not kept young by death. Providence has to cut immortality into lengths for us, as nurses cut the bread and butter dhesterton fingers.

MANALIVE manages to be touching, heartfelt, and incredibly life-affirming without resorting–not even for an instant–to saccharinity or melodrama. Of all Chesterton’s works, this book perhaps best encapsulates his personal outlook on cheeterton, and the amount of wit required for writing a novel like this is mind-boggling. MANALIVE is utterly jam-packed with the sort of delicious paradoxes and unconventionally conventional wisdom I’ve come to expect from Chesterton, but this is the first time that the brilliance of his writing chestedton actually given me the chills The closest comparison I can make is that this book feels like a cross between Charles Dickens flawless characterizations and prose and Lewis Carroll inspired lunacy that is so reasonable-sounding, you begin to think YOU are the one who’s crazy.

It’s a crying shame this book has been mostly forgotten.