Tremendous Trifles

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The thirty-nine short essays that make up Chesterton's delightful book are the result of "sitting still and letting marvels and adventures settle on him like flies.'' Actually, the author does move around quite a bit-to Germany, France, and on foot in England when he tires of waiting for a train. Everywhere he goes, Chesterton looks at ordinary things and asks us to see how extraordinary they are: the contents of his pockets, the items in a railway station, pedestrians in the street. What appear to be trifles are...
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Overview

The thirty-nine short essays that make up Chesterton's delightful book are the result of "sitting still and letting marvels and adventures settle on him like flies.'' Actually, the author does move around quite a bit-to Germany, France, and on foot in England when he tires of waiting for a train. Everywhere he goes, Chesterton looks at ordinary things and asks us to see how extraordinary they are: the contents of his pockets, the items in a railway station, pedestrians in the street. What appear to be trifles are actually tremendous, and he uses them as a springboard to expound on Christianity, the nuclear family, democracy and the like, with supreme clarity and wit.

The essays gathered here are a testament to G. K. Chesterton's faith-not specifically his faith in religion or a higher power, but in the ability to discover something wonderful in the objects, the experiences, and the people that cross our paths every single day. With his unique brand of humor and insight, he demonstrates how the commonplace adds enormous value to the landscape of daily life. Full of both good sense and nonsense, Chesterton's commentaries-first published nearly a century ago-remain fresh today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426425721
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 10/11/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Geboren am 29.05.1874 in London; gestorben am 14.06.1936 in Beaconsfield.

Chesterton war der Sohn eines Auktionators. Er besuchte die Kunstschule und arbeitete als Karrikaturist und Journalist. Ab 1900 war er hauptberuflich Schriftsteller. Er heiratete 1901. Chesterton betÃĪtigte sich in allen literarischen Sparten. Bekannt geworden ist er ist er vor allem durch seine Detektivgeschichten des "Father Brown".

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Table of Contents


Tremendous Trifles     3
A Piece of Chalk     8
The Secret of a Train     14
The Perfect Game     19
The Extraordinary Cabman     24
An Accident     29
The Advantages of Having One Leg     34
The End of the World     39
In the Place de la Bastille     44
On Lying in Bed     49
The Twelve Men     54
The Wind and the Trees     59
The Dickensian     64
In Topsy-Turvy Land     69
What I Found in My Pocket     74
The Dragon's Grandmother     79
The Red Angel     85
The Tower     90
How I Met the President     95
The Giant     101
A Great Man     107
The Orthodox Barber     112
The Toy Theatre     117
A Tragedy of Twopence     123
A Gab Ride Across Country     128
The Two Noises     134
Some Policemen and a Moral     138
The Lion     144
Humanity: an Interlude     149
The Little Birds Who Won't Sing     156
The Riddle of the Ivy     162
TheTravellers in State     167
The Prehistoric Railway Station     173
The Diabolist     178
A Glimpse of My Country     184
A Somewhat Improbable Story     190
The Shop of Ghosts     197
The Ballade of a Strange Town     204
The Mystery of a Pageant     211
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    Done, though with errors

    Generally excellent book of essays by G.K. Chesterton, first published about1909. Known as the "Prince of Paradox", Chesterton defended orthodox Chistianity by turning conventional wisdom inside out.
    One warning though: Chesterton was conventional in at least one unfortunate way. In two essays, "The Dickensian", and "The Tower", he uses a racial term unacceptable today but apparently useable in the England of his day.
    Otherwise a great collection.

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