by G. K. Chesterton
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Manalive by G. K. Chesterton

Perhaps the most light-hearted of all Chesterton's 'serious' works, Manalive pits a group of disillusioned young people against Mr. Innocent Smith, a bubbly, high-spirited gentleman who literally falls into their midst. Accused of murder and denounced for repeatedly marrying his wife and attempting to live in various houses (all of which turn out to be his own), Smith prompts his newfound acquaintances to recognize an important idea: that life is worth living.

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ISBN-13: 9781481895606
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/03/2013
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing and debating, literary and art criticism, biography, Christian apologetics, and fiction, including fantasy and detective fiction. Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox". Time magazine, in a review of a biography of Chesterton, observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories-first carefully turning them inside out." For example, Chesterton wrote "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it." Chesterton is well known for his reasoned apologetics and even some of those who disagree with him have recognized the universal appeal of such works as Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man. Chesterton, as a political thinker, cast aspersions on both liberalism and conservatism, saying, "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." Chesterton routinely referred to himself as an "orthodox" Christian, and came to identify such a position with Catholicism more and more, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism from Anglicanism. George Bernard Shaw, Chesterton's "friendly enemy" according to Time, said of him, "He was a man of colossal genius".

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Manalive 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a ride! Looking for a plot? Don't! Just hang on and let this master of the Enlgish language lead you through the most imaginative of journies! And by the end, you'll have discovered something about yourself that you'd never known/seen before. This is a celebration of the sacramentality of living - the joyful unexpected woven deeply in the fabric of life. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!
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Eric Kyler More than 1 year ago
This is an older text with typos, but nevertheless, it is a great read. It truely makes one ask, 'Am I a manalive, or have I died long before I have died?'
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The poor digitizing of this particular version makes a very bad reading experience. The story is delightful and, of course, written by a master. It is too bad that one cannot enjoy this version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The optical scanning of this book is so defective, it is literally unreadable. I don't think there are two uncorrupted sentences in a row. If the other 500,000 books from Google Books are this defective, I can't even guess why B&N even bothered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Llorona stalks into the new surrounding, her shady pelt dull and caked with dust.