A wind sprang high in the west, like a wave of unreasonable happiness, and tore eastward across England, trailing with it the frosty scent of forests and the cold intoxication of the sea. It a million holes and corners it refreshed a man like a flagon, and astonished him like a blow. In the inmost chambers of intricate and embowered houses it woke ...
A wind sprang high in the west, like a wave of unreasonable happiness, and tore eastward across England, trailing with it the frosty scent of forests and the cold intoxication of the sea. It a million holes and corners it refreshed a man like a flagon, and astonished him like a blow. In the inmost chambers of intricate and embowered houses it woke like a domestic explosion, littering the floor with some professor's papers till they seemed as precious as fugitive, or blowing out the candle by which a boy read _Treasure Island_ and wrapping him in roaring dark. But everywhere it bore drama into undramatic lives, and carried the trump of crisis across the world. Many a harassed mother in a mean backyard had looked at a five dwarfish shirts on the clothes-line as at some small, sick tragedy; it was as if she had hanged her five children... Chesterton was always concerned with the problems facing the modern man. Of course, he observes, we are far from perfect -- and at some point we will do wrong. But here Chesterton goes a bit further, showing us that many things we have been taught are wrong -- aren't innately wrong at all...
Manalive is the quirky and wild tale of a man who really is alive. The story of which comes out at his trial as a burglar, runaway and a polygamist. It takes living life to the fullest to the next step. Innocent Smith is the giant of a man on trial when he comes to an inn and interrupts the regular and, it was stated as a, insanely boring lifestyle of the patrons living there. Provoking picnics on rooftops and wooing the shy and quiet girl. When an two detectives arrive to arrest him. The patrons demand a trial for his defense and so the story begins. Not Chesterton's best but truly a wonderful story that draws you into the world of what Chesterton's life must have been like. Mostly dialog and recounting of stories filled with his personal philosophies, it would be tiresome if his philosophies were not so very exiting.
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