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Brave New Family: G.K.Chesterton on Men and Women, Children, Sex, Divorce, Marriage and the Family Paperback – Sep 1992

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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (Sept. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089870314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898703146
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,726,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By c on 26 July 2013
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Again, this is a plagium in a large extent of GKC phrases or assseverations of his, with some introducing and explanatory pages by the 'author', a Catholic priest traveling worldwide. IT is not, as it could be, an ellaborate synthesis, theory or doctrine of GKCs vision of the Family: we must not forget that one of his illuminating 'stars' down here was ... the Boy !!!
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By AGC on 1 July 2013
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I bought it in May 2013... meaning more than 1 month ago.
I won't try to buy again, unfortunatly.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
How to save the family. 28 Mar. 2000
By Tim Drake - Published on Amazon.com
A compilation of G.K. Chesterton's writings on men and women, children, sex, divorce, marriage, and the family, Chesterton's essays are as appropriate today as they were when they were written.
Chesteron, as only Chesterton can, defends the sacredness of marriage and the home so desperately in need of salvaging today.
Broken into short chapters, the book is easily read and very enjoyable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Compilation Most Excellent 1 Mar. 2008
By Matthew K. Minerd - Published on Amazon.com
While I could say much about the sundry subjects discussed among the varied essays which were compiled for this small delight, covering topics from the Home to Family to Children to Birth Control, I think it would be more appropriate to give my lauds for the single theme which seems to run through all of the collected essays. Namely, like so much of Chesterton's works, these selections are wholly united on common sense and a realization of awe for the simple beauty of the world as it is given to us. Through all the essays on the family, Chesterton asserts the panoply of human interaction which is concomitant with the fairy-tale which is the family, an institution over which we have little control (much to the disdain of many moderns and post-moderns). Additionally, in a greater way, he attributes this sense of awe and majesty to the very inception of our lives, a sense which is most poignantly presented in his poem, "By the Babe Unborn." Throughout his considerations of the ideas of modernity which plagued his day, Chesterton continuously makes witty remarks which seem to only back his assertions of the ludicrous nature of those against whom he is writing. This light-hearted approach - so very standard to the Chestertonian corpus - coupled with the editor's excellent selection of texts of a great variety (yet revolving around the aforementioned central themes of awe and common sense) , make this a delightful read for anyone who desires a light-hearted, no-nonsense set of reflections on the institution of the family. I highly recommend it.
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Brave New Family 22 Mar. 2007
By Kristen Gregory - Published on Amazon.com
This is a collection of Chesterton's musings on family life, etc. He is a mater of language, and therefore it is delightful to read. His stance on many things is not for the faint of heart.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good overview of Chesterton's thoughts and style 27 Sept. 2013
By Joseph M. Reninger - Published on Amazon.com
In this collection of poems, quotes, essays, excerpts, and one fictional story, Alvaro de Silva gives the reader an overview of Chesterton's thoughts on family and home life in his own words. The texts are entertaining and thought-provoking. Chesterton has a gift for paradox. For example, much has been made of the freedom of women in the workplace rather than the enslavement at home. Home is seen as a prison where mothers are slaves to their husbands and children. Chesterton laughs off this charge by showing the freedom of home makers, who can indeed make their own rules and manage things as they want without outside interference. At the office, there's always a boss to satisfy, a schedule to stick to. Holidays are infrequent--nice weather doesn't mean everyone can work outdoors or go to the park instead of staying at their tasks. The home life is true freedom--the home maker can set the dress code, the meal time, the menu itself.

The home is more important than the office as well, since the product, new people, is much more important and much more complicated than any widget imaginable. Human beings come in a great variety, even in when found in small groups of three or four or six or eight. Dealing with them as people with their own ideas and dignity is a tough but vital skill learned by living in close quarters day by day. It's one thing to accept someone as "different" for a few hours each day at work, but to live with them is a richer and more meaningful (and more difficult and challenging) experience.

Chesterton also comments about the roles of men, women, and children with regard to each other. The final section of the book presents a few writings on Christmas and the joyful paradox of celebrating the model family, who was in fact homeless on this occasion, in our homes. We are called to be like that family, to stay together under trying conditions, because we are bound together by a love and commitment more profound and lasting than any workplace or government can command.

The book provides a nice sampling on Chesterton's thoughts and style. Highly recommended!

Sample Quote:

The modern writers who have suggested, in a more or less open manner, that the family is a bad institution, have generally confined themselves to suggesting, with much sharpness, bitterness, or pathos, that perhaps the family is not always very congenial. Of course the family is a good institution because it is uncongenial. It is wholesome precisely because it contains so many divergencies and varieties. It is, as the sentimentalists, say, like a little kingdom, and, like most other little kingdoms, is generally in a state of something resembling anarchy. [pp. 42-43]
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Could it be?? 29 Jun. 2006
By Jorge H. Padilla Leal - Published on Amazon.com
Unless I'm mistaken, this most be the english language edition of spanish writer Alvaro De Silva's book called "El Amor o la Fuerza del Sino", one of the most fascinating books about Love, Family, and Marriage ever written.

This is basically a compilation of genius G.K. Chesterton's essays, poems and chapters that deal with those matters.

In a world where families continually live under the attacks and pressures of modern society, the timeless truths expressed by these selected works by Chesterton (and some of those published here are extremely hard to find) bring a touch of comfort and fresh air that will be heartily welcomed by any real free-thinking reader, or any family for that matter.

A must buy for any Chestertonian!
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