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Manalive [Kindle Edition]

G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 263 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612790038
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00847NN5U
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,701 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Manalive' - or woman alive! 2 Nov. 2012
By Andy H
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This book, considered Chesterton's massterpiece, is a bit whacky to modern thinking, but repays thoughtful reading; this way it asks the reader to question whether he or she takes life too much for granted, as the story of Innocent Smith is amusingly explored in all its unlikely aspects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unsung masterpiece of Western literature. 14 Dec. 2012
By David R. Childree - Published on
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You will probably not find G.K. Chesterton's Manalive on the reading list of any university English course, or on any English professor's list of favorite books. It should, however, be regarded a great work of English literature, precisely because it is a prime example of what modern literary critics despise. That is, it is something to which the common man can relate. It is the story of us all, specifically of our common, everyday lives.

Chesterton demonstrates rather poetically that our lives are not mere drudgery and that there is nothing at all boring about domesticity. To the contrary, marriage and home are adventures more exciting than we conceive. Modern philosophy and modern science have succeeded in "killing" many of us before we physically die by convincing us that the beautiful things in life are only drudgery which happens to be necessary to survival. But Chesterton urges us back to life! He urges us to defy modern conventions by being truly happy and keeping the commandments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 13 Sept. 2013
By tj - Published on
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The man is pure genius, ahead of his time. I don't enjoy fiction as much as I used to, but this is NOT fiction. GK slaps you in the face with the truth, and it feels good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man found alive with two legs 31 Jan. 2014
By CP - Published on
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Wise and extremely funny at the same time, it is the story of a man who refuses to die while he is still alive. He appears crazy, just because he refuses to take anything for granted, but that is how he manages to truly enjoy ordinary life as the best of adventures. This book is a hundred years old, but it is still incredibly actual. It also contains the best marriage proposal I have ever read. The style may not be as fast-paced as today's bestsellers, but it is clever, witty and thoroughly enjoyable. The embedded mystery story is also very intriguing: Innocent Smith is accused of multiple crimes, from murder to burglary to polygamy, which are resolved in the most unexpected ways.
A wonderful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Joy to Read 11 May 2015
By KrasneTigritsa - Published on
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I've only read a few books by G.K. Chesterton, but this one is so far my favorite. the characters, painted in terms of philosophical opinion, come alive with the familiarity of old friends, and the author gives the humdrum landscape of early 1900s England a mystical sheen of fairytale-like wonder. the book opens on a world full of fashionable melancholy and scientific fatalism, in a little inn occupied by people in varying degrees of ill humor; into this world jumps (quite literally) the outlandish figure of Innocent Smith, who proceeds to turn the world upside-down in order to turn it right-way up.
this book is a joy to read; one of the few works of philosophy fiction that won't leave you in a depressed slump.
my only warning would be that towards the end of the book a lot of printing errors occur. at one point a dialogue between a few of the characters is written as one quotation by a completely different character. it's a little annoying, but for the price not too hard to piece together.
all in all, a very awesome by book by an awesome author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of Chesterton 7 Mar. 2014
By Rivers Books - Published on
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A very interesting mystery that will keep you guessing until the last page. Nicely developed and surprising characters. A very enjoyable read.
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