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G. K. Chesterton: Apostle of Common Sense Paperback – March 5, 2003
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Dale Ahlquist is one of the most respected Chesterton scholars in the world and there are few more qualified to illustrate the timeless wit and wisdom of the legendary GKC. This volume is an excellent introduction to one of the giant figures of the Catholic Literary Revival.
-- Joseph Pearce, Author, Literary Converts
Ahlquist re-presents in a lively and incisive manner the many fundamental themes in Chesterton. Chesterton is the real intellectual giant of our times. Ahlquist succeeds admirably in reminding us why.
-- Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
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I am copying my review from "The Complete Thinker" to save you looking it up:
If you are embarking on reading G.K Chesterton you should consider "The Complete Thinker" along with Dale Ahlquist companion books 'The Apostle of Common Sense" and "Common Sense 101". These are an excellent introduction when beginning what will likely become a lifetime passion of enjoying the writings of G.K. Chesterton. I had read Orthodoxy (Chesterton) and was impressed but puzzled. As I heard in a lecture by Mr. Ahlquist on your first reading you end up underlining the entire work, you read it again and realize you missed something and also that it appears to be even more profound than your first reading and by your third read you enjoy it even more. The works by Mr. Ahlquist put you into the Chesteron 'fast lane' from the start. Read these then start reading Chesteron. You will not regret a moment.
I bought the book, which really gets into a lot more detail and provides clear, moving prose which assists in a deeper
understanding of what made G.K. Chesterton so special and why his works are so relevant today. My only complaint
is not about the book - but only for the sting of sadness one feels when it becomes clear just how much the world
could be a better place if this great man's philosophy was directly applied to society today.