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Book Title: Heretics (1906)|
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The size of the: 443 KB
v The author of the book: G.K. Chesterton
Edition: Book Jungle
Date of issue: March 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9781594621369
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Read full description of the books Heretics (1906):Chesterton, let's face it, is thematically ataxic. He can't keep to one idea; in the words of an acquaintance of mine, he sidesteps issues by making sense. Reading Orthodoxy was an experience analogous to hearing an inebriated genius swerve through celestial ideas. The book's only lack is that its subject demands a structure it doesn't provide.
Heretics is a different story. Here Chesterton is truest to his form. He's free to roam the world of his improvised ideas as he surveys what he considers both the heretics and heretical ideas of his time, and he does so marvelously, unsurpassed in wit and well-crafted expression. Nearly every page has at least one quotable line, and nearly every page, because his writing is so joyfully digressive, can be read by itself.
He was known to send first drafts to publishers and have them accepted without complaint, which should be a point that breaks the pride of any literary dilettante. There's something about this freewheeling, one-shot style that permeates his writing with a sense of spontaneity that would otherwise get muffled out through revision, and this results in a conversational feeling that I can't really find anywhere else. It's as if I can feel his spirit firmly in his words, and what strikes me most is how incomparably jovial and egalitarian he is through them. I can imagine him sharing a conversation with a king and a commoner without missing a relational beat. Chesterton is a joy to read not simply because he is a wordsmith and thinker par excellence, but because he's so impartially down to earth. Human. Imagine that.
Read information about the authorGilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, five plays, five novels, and some two hundred short stories, including a popular series featuring the priest-detective, Father Brown. In spite of his literary accomplishments, he considered himself primarily a journalist. He wrote over 4000 newspaper essays, including 30 years worth of weekly columns for the Illustrated London News, and 13 years of weekly columns for the Daily News. He also edited his own newspaper, G.K.’s Weekly.
Chesterton was equally at ease with literary and social criticism, history, politics, economics, philosophy, and theology.
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