The Inconvenient Adventures Of Uncle Chestnut

The Inconvenient Adventures Of Uncle Chestnut

by Paul Nowak

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ISBN-13: 9780977223497
Publisher: Eternal Revolution
Publication date: 05/29/2009
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 0.15(w) x 5.00(h) x 8.00(d)

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The Inconvenient Adventures Of Uncle Chestnut 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Tmtrvlr on LibraryThing 10 months ago
In The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut the author introduces young people to G. K. Chesterton through the character of Uncle Chester. I confess I was not familiar with G.K. Chesterton before I found this book, but now that I have investigated a little, I am looking forward to knowing more about this talented 20th Century writer. Just to learn that he wrote a book that led C.S. Lewis to become a Christian has made me interested in him. With four short stories the author tells about a young man¿s relationship with his Uncle Chestnut, an interesting and entertaining character. The stories and interaction between them are both funny and touching. Along with the stories is a chapter on the real Chesterton and some of his quotations. There is also a ¿Words to Know¿ section to assist young readers with some words they may not understand. I enjoyed the book very much. This is a great book for a family member, a gift, and certainly should be in every middle school age classroom.
chris227 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book is a collection of stories remembered by the nephew of writer G.K. Chesterton. Uncle Chestnut used stories to teach his nephew and friends stries about life. He turned simple everyday things and 'inconvenient' mishaps into great adventures. The stories are cute and definitely have a lesson to them but seems very wordy for a childrens book.
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
What do you think that it would be like having a relative known as "Uncle Chestnut"? Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was a wonderful English author and journalist who was known for his rotund figure and exuberant personality. He was nicknamed "Uncle Chestnut" by little Bernard Nicholls. I was first introduced to Chesterton's writings in 1970 when one of his Father Brown mysteries was included in our high school sophomore literature book. It was so fascinating that I still remember "who did it"--it was the postman! I have since read the complete Father Brown stories, of which there were five volumes. After publishing a book of poems in 1900, Chesterton became a regular contributor for a couple of newspapers. As an academic, he was concerned with three main areas of interest: social criticism, literary criticism, and theology or religious argument. Popularly, however, Chesterton is best remembered today for his creative writing: poetry, essays, and short stories. Two plays were not very successful. Unlike a couple of his younger contemporaries whom he greatly influenced, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, "Uncle Chestnut" did not write fantasy that appeals to children. Yet, he loved children. Most of his drawings, poems, and stories for children were very personal, created as gifts for specific children, and left unpublished, whereas his works that have survived were geared for adults even while they praised the ways of childhood. The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut is the first of an intended series that is designed to present G. K. Chesterton in a more familiar light for youngsters as well as time-pressed adults, based upon his own observation, "An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." Author Paul Nowak weaves actual events in Chesterton's life and bits of wisdom from his writings into four fictional stories written especially for young people in which Chesterton is pictured as interacting with a nephew Jack (named for C. S. Lewis, whose nickname was "Jack") and their neighbor Christie (named for Agatha Christie who was a fellow member with Chesterton of the Detection Club). The setting has been moved from England to New Jersey, and the time is a little more recent, probably to make the book more appealing to today's kids, but it is still delightful reading. A few typographical errors in the first print run copy that I had for review have already been corrected for later editions. I shall leave you with this bit of advice from Uncle Chestnut: "Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously." How true!
timetravel More than 1 year ago
In The Inconvenient Adventures of Uncle Chestnut the author introduces young people to G. K. Chesterton through the character of Uncle Chester. I confess I was not familiar with G.K. Chesterton before I found this book, but now that I have investigated a little, I am looking forward to knowing more about this talented 20th Century writer. Just to learn that he wrote a book that led C.S. Lewis to become a Christian has made me interested in him. With four short stories the author tells about a young man's relationship with his Uncle Chestnut, an interesting and entertaining character. The stories and interaction between them are both funny and touching. Along with the stories is a chapter on the real Chesterton and some of his quotations. There is also a "Words to Know" section to assist young readers with some words they may not understand. I enjoyed the book very much. This is a great book for a family member, a gift, and certainly should be in every middle school age classroom.