This classic novel by the brilliant G. K. Chesterton tells the rollicking tale of Innocent Smith, a man who may be crazy-or possibly the most sane man of all. Arriving at a dreary London boarding house accompanied by a windstorm, Smith is an exuberant, eccentric and sweet-natured man. Smith has a positive effect on the house - he creates his own ...Read MoreThis classic novel by the brilliant G. K. Chesterton tells the rollicking tale of Innocent Smith, a man who may be crazy-or possibly the most sane man of all. Arriving at a dreary London boarding house accompanied by a windstorm, Smith is an exuberant, eccentric and sweet-natured man. Smith has a positive effect on the house - he creates his own court, brings a few couples together, and falls in love with a paid companion next door. All seems to be well with the world. Then the unexpected happens: Smith shoots at one of the tenants, and two doctors arrive to arrest him, claiming that he's a bigamist, an attempted murderer, and a thief. But cynical writer Moon insists that the case be tried there - and they explore Smith's past history, revealing startling truths about what he does. Is he the wickedest man in Britain, or is he "blameless as a buttercup?" Beautifully written, mixing the ridiculous with the profound, full of hilarious dialogue, and lushly detailed writing, Chesterton's main character Innocent Smith somehow manages to restore joy to all the dull and cynical lives around him. In this delightfully strange mystery, Chesterton demonstrates why life is worth living, and that sometimes we need a little madness just to know we are alive.Read Less
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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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