- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Centennial edition (August 2, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1453744592
- ISBN-13: 978-1453744598
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,305,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
The plot of The Ball and the Cross chronicles a hot dispute between two Scotsmen, one a devout but naive Roman Catholic, the other a zealous but naive atheist. Their fanatically held opinions—leading to a duel that is proposed but never fought—inspire a host of comic adventures whose allegorical levels vigorously explore the debate between theism and atheism.
Martin Gardner's superb introduction to The Ball and the Cross reveals the real-life debate between Chesterton and a famous atheist that provided inspiration for the story, and it explores some of the novel's possible allegorical meanings. Appraising the book's many intriguing philosophical qualities, Mr. Gardner alerts readers as well to the pleasures of its "colorful style . . . amusing puns and clever paradoxes . . . and the humor and melodrama of its crazy plot."
Unabridged Dover (1995) republication of the work originally published in 1909-1910. New Introduction by Martin Gardner.
About the Author
Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England, in 1874. He 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 such as "Orthodoxy" and "Heretics". 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.
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Aside from that, this is a very witty, very funny and sometimes intense book, but deals with big (REAL BIG) issues.
It's kind of a sci-fi, kind of a swashbuckler, a page turner, psycho-social-political thriller and never coy. Loved it. Give it to an open-minded left-wing atheists with a sense of humor (rare, I know). Oh well, buy it and enjoy it.
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