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.