- Tapa blanda: 387 páginas
- Editor: Ignatius Pr (1 de noviembre de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1586174894
- ISBN-13: 978-1586174897
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In Defense of Sanity: The Best Essays of G.K. Chesterton (Inglés) Tapa blanda – nov 2011
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G.K. Chesterton was a master essayist. But reading his essays is not just an exercise in studying a literary form at its finest, it is an encounter with timeless truths that jump off the page as fresh and powerful as the day they were written. The only problem with Chesterton's essays is that there are too many of them. Over five thousand! For most GKC readers it is not even possible to know where to start or how to begin to approach them.So three of the world's leading authorities on Chesterton - Dale Ahlquist, Joseph Pearce, Aidan Mackey - have joined together to select the best Chesterton essays, a collection that will be appreciated by both the newcomer and the seasoned student of this great 20th century man of letters.The variety of topics are astounding: barbarians, architects, mystics, ghosts, fireworks, rain, juries, gargoyles and much more. Plus a look at Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austen, George MacDonald, T.S. Eliot, and the Bible. All in that inimitable, formidable but always quotable style of GKC. Even more astounding than the variety is the continuity of Chesterton's thought that ties everything together. A veritable feast for the mind and heart.While some of the essays in this volume may be familiar, many of them are collected here for the first time, making their first appearance in over a century.
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Just so with the non-fiction, but to a smaller degree, for non-fiction cannot help belonging to a period, and being, in that sense, hopelessly dated. Here again, though, it happens that the particular period of GKC (Edwardian England) and our particular period have a great deal in common, and nowhere is this more evident than when reading GKC. Of course, no one is going to pick up a random book and just start reading, as they might a novel passed on by a friend. So three friends who are also friends of Chesterton's, if a century later, have ganged up to pass on their favorite bits. And yes, they are bits, for Chesterton was a master of the short essay-- yes short. In his own day, they were brief columns in newspapers, or a couple pages in magazines. Hmm, I'm thinking right about now, that might not be so bad. Most of the brief bits were later gathered into books, this being a way to sell books to readers who might have read a few columns and be thirsting for more.
So, oddly enough, anyone who quotes a short bit of Chesterton today probably got it from one of these longer collections of short bits. But who wants to track down all these non-fiction collections, which run into dozens of books in the case of such a prolific author? Someone needs to find the best brief bits in those books and drag them into one book. Someone has. Or rather, three someones have. Three someones pulled together 67 favorite bits into this 380 plus page collection (yes that averages to about 5 or so pages each), and, as in the newspapers of a hundred years ago (and some later), put them once again in the view of the casual reader. Not only that, you get brief introductions by the three someones as to why they love these essays.
I also love the essay, and was first introduced to it in "On Lying in Bed" (which ranks, I might add, as one of the best essays I've ever read). But decide for yourself, it's no. 8 in this volume. Which, incidentally, is ideal for those who've read some GKC novels and wonder if they dare try the non-fiction, and if so, where to start? Readers absolutely new to GKC might get addicted to not only Chesterton, but the form of the essay. And as for those of us who already have both addictions, we simply say "Thank You".
The essays dispense with much of his discursiveness. He gets to the point and stays on topic. Each essay reflects him iin some way.
I was delighted with his defense of Jane Austen (one of my favorite authors) and Charles Dickens.
There are 67 essays in this volume, enough to take several months to dip in and savor. Ahlquist et al have done a wonderful job of selecting these essays. They demonstrate the eclectic nature of Chesterton's interests. He is always logical and rational in his arguments. Always shows a common sense approach to his topic. In many of his essays he is arguing with someone about some point. I appreciate his logical, unemotional, progression of thought.
For those who have trouble reading the Chesterton books because of their discursiveness, they will enjoy these 'distilled' versions of Chesterton.