February 5, 2011

Review - The Quotable Chesterton (Kevin Belmonte)

While I never read any of the works by G.K. Chesterton I did know the man from various quotes and sayings that I came across over the years. Impressed by the ones I knew and curious about those I didn't I delved into The Quotable Chesterton which is both an introduction and a long-overdue anthology on the literary giant of the early 1900's.
As much as it is really a book that you should taste in pieces and not in one go, I did just that, as it's been hard for me to put down this wonderful collection of quotes, ranging from serious discussions of Christianity and philosophy to literary criticisms and fiction. And most importantly, it's not just an enjoyable read, but also one that makes you think, especially because Chestertons ideas are still relevant today.
The collection of quotes from his various works is divided into quite a number of themes, which is presented as an essential A-Z compendium of his ideas. While the idea behind the book is just marvelous I was a bit disappointed by the short essays about Chesterton, as they did not offer any deep insights into the man's thought and character, but were merely bridging one quote to the next.
In short: This excellent selection of quotes from the British writer is not only a wonderful introduction to his writing, but even more so a compendium of Chestertons wit.

4/5 stars

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