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I’m glad I did. Mar 29, Jesse Broussard rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It is very obviously and intentionally a parable. It felt like he wrote it not to prove anything or make a great earth-shattering statement, but to celebrat This is quite possibly my favorite book.

The best part is reading the dialogue that occurs around him, as onlookers try to figure him out.

There’s still a lot to learn in here. MANALIVE manages to be touching, heartfelt, and incredibly life-affirming without resorting–not even for an instant–to saccharinity or melodrama.

A leather couch, and it was hot out. Chesterton offers a glimpse at a deeper reality that Smith has come to recognize.

Chestertonian and actor Kevin O’Brien is wonderful as usual as once again he acts as a whole cast of players and gives us a version of Manalive I think Chesterton would have liked. He who overcomes pain and fear will himself be God. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It’s like a story version of Orthodoxy.


Manalive by G.K. Chesterton

That is, we’ll see it hanging upside down from the chimney of the world, having broken in through the roof, and if we’re lucky we’ll be able to say, “You know—I think I’d be happy if I could live here for a while. If the last chapter is a little less awesome, it’s only in comparison to the rest of the book. Add to cart Add to Wishlist. Excellent, GKC again challenges his readers to remember how amazing the world cyesterton live in really is.

Smith moves into the boarding house and his presence there is like a bolt of energy that revitalizes the inmates the day after he moves in, we’re told, “there was a crazy sense that it was everybody’s birthday. Now, it’s not modern – Hollywood style pacing.

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Quite chwsterton ridiculous book, and intentionally so. I begin to see a new meaning in being the skeleton at the feast. Read the book to understand whoa, that’s a deep statement.

What if every day was new and the joy in life was not in finding the new but in appreciating the mundane as though it were new and novel and wonderful? I have to say, I really am fully convinced that Chesterton was married to a redhead.


Wilson commanded, and it was obeyed. And part of me loves it all the better for it. Without a doubt, Innocent Smith is one of the most endearing characters I’ve encountered in all of literature. He for whom it will make no difference whether he lives or does not live, he will be the new man.

Usually when I read something by Chesterton, I really want to like it, and then after I finish, I say “What just happened?

I’ve always thought that nihilists should think more about practical application, rather than just theorizing. Dec 26, Carrie rated it really liked it Shelves: Herbert Warner seems to confirm the worst.

Jan 24, Mary rated it it was amazing Shelves: It really is a very fun book, and this is my third?

So queer and living a man. The book starts in a London boarding house the day a wind kicks up, and with that wind comes a man named Innocent Brown, who first energizes everyone, then appears to do something criminally insane. View all 11 comments.