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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486486028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486486024
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, a note about the formatting in the Kindle version: There are no typos and very few formatting errors, so they must have been fixed since the earlier review.

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.
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I am a big fan of G K Chesterton and this book is great if you like "All things conidered" and "Tremendous trifles". The reason I have given this book one star is because of the format. There are so many obvious spelling mistakes, typos and new lines begun for no reason that it looks like this book was typed out in a hurry and then not proof read at all. I know that it was a cheap book but I didn't expect that books could be written that badly. My advice, spend a few more dollars and get a decent copy of this book. If I saw any other books with covers like this one, I would steer well clear of it.
Please understand that I don't have issue with the literary content, just the format.
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Thought provoking and witty!
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