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The Defendant Paperback – May 16, 2012
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After reading As I Was Saying: A Chesterton Reader, I absolutely had to read more by this hilarious, unconventional, and sensible man Chesterton. So I read The Defendant, and I loved it! Very entertaining and thoughtful. Chesterton is so good at pointing out our modern prejudices and narrow-mindedness that I wonder if he's not really some sort of time-traveler in disguise. But he's at least a genius. This poem captures the tone of The Defendant perfectly:
When Plain Folk, such as you or I,
See the Sun sinking in the sky,
We think it is the Setting Sun,
But Mr. Gilbert Chesterton
Is not so easily misled.
He calmly stands upon his head,
And upside down obtains a new
And Chestertonian point of view,
Observing thus, how from his toes
The sun creeps nearer to his nose,
He cries with wonder and delight,
"How Grand the sunrise is to-night!"
-Oliver Hereford (from the reader)
But I think we're usually the ones seeing upside-down, and Chesterton sees it right-side-up, or at least he makes you think about what you take for granted.
Please understand that I don't have issue with the literary content, just the format.