Manalive by G. K. Chesterton

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Perhaps the most light-hearted of all Chesterton's "serious" works, Manalive pits a group of disillusioned young people against Mr. Innocent Smith, a bubbly, high-spirited gentleman who literally falls into their midst. Accused of murder and denounced for repeatedly marrying his wife and attempting to live in various houses (all of which turn out to be his own), Smith prompts his newfound acquaintances to recognize an important idea: that life is worth living. Readers are bound to walk away from Manalive realizing the beauty of the birds, the sweet smell of the flowers and the delight of romantic love. Manalive is beautifully written with the rich descriptions befitting such a fine piece of art. Once again Chesterton mixes the ridiculous with the profound, and somehow, in the process of it all, has managed to restore the pure joy of living.

About G. K. Chesterton

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England, in 1874. He began his education at St Paul's School, and later went on to study art at the Slade School, and literature at University College in London. Chesterton wrote a great deal of poetry, as well as works of social and literary criticism. Among his most notable books are The Man Who Was Thursday, a metaphysical thriller, and The Everlasting Man, a history of humankind's spiritual progress. After Chesterton converted to Catholicism in 1922, he wrote mainly on religious topics. Chesterton is most known for creating the famous priest-detective character Father Brown, who first appeared in "The Innocence of Father Brown." Chesterton died in 1936 at the age of 62.
Published March 31, 2004 by 325 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Law & Philosophy, Arts & Photography, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crime. Non-fiction

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