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Most of us will be canvassed soon, I suppose; some of us may even canvass. Upon which side, of course, nothing will induce me to state, beyond saying that by a remarkable coincidence it will in every case be the only side in which a high-minded, public-spirited, and patriotic citizen can take even a momentary interest. But the general question of canvassing itself, being a non-party question, is one which we may be permitted to approach. The rules for canvassers are fairly familiar to any one who has ever canvassed. They are printed on the little card which you carry about with you and lose. There is a statement, I think, that you must not offer a voter food or drink.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Dec 11, 2007
Publisher Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN 8184562799 ISBN13 9788184562798
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More About GK Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton may not be quite the celebrated writer that Conan Doyle is today but he was arguably the better. In fact, Chesterton's hero in The Club of Queer Trades makes a comparison in this story between his fictional creation and Doyle's when he boldly states, "I may be silly - in fact, I'm off my head - but I never could believe in that man - what's his name, in those capital stories? - Sherlock Holmes." Chesterton's brief masterpiece is an inimitable collection of six short stories that may be read individually or whole and thereby reveal the hidden meaning that ties them together. If you consider Sherlock Holmes too cool a character then here you shall be introduced to his Civil Servant counterpart in the form of the unforgettable Basil Grant, who at times is even more self-assured and bewildering than Holmes. While Chesterton's Father Brown detective character is well-known Basil Grant is largely not and for that reason he has been singled out to be saved from obscurity. George Bernhard Shaw, who was Chesterton's 'friendly enemy', referred to the writer as "A man of colossal genius." Weighing in at 130 kilos and standing 1.93m tall, he was more than just a formidable figure when it came to writing. Once he commented to Bernhard Shaw, "To look at you, anyone would think a famine had struck England." To which Shaw rejoined, "To look at you, anyone would think you have caused it." One notorious anecdote during World War I saw a woman in London ask why he was "not out at the Front" to which he replied, "If you go round to the side, you will see that I am." GK Chesterton wrote some 80 books and 200 short stories, was an active debating intellectual of his day and his passion for poetry and philosophy fill his writings as it does this work, where you will be given a surreal lesson in that all things are not what they seem. In sum, the 'prince of paradox', as he was often referred to, would as a Time Magazine review declared, ."..[make] his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories - first carefully turning them inside out." The Club of Queer Trades, the most exclusive club in the world, is no exception to this style.
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Chesterton handles all things well Dec 9, 2006
G. K. Chesterton is well known as a novelist, essayist, storyteller, poet, philosopher, theologian, historian, artist, and critic. He's less well-known as a journalist these days, yet all evidence indicates that he viewed his work for the various newspapers as his primary raison-de-etre. Therefore anyone interested in exploring the works of this colossal genius should include a sampling of his newspaper columns along with all of his other brilliant books.
"All Things Considered" brings together about thirty columns that Chesterton wrote for the London Daily News in the years before World War I. There's no theme here; as the title suggests, this is a hodgepodge that wanders over everything imaginable. The only unifying thread is high quality.
Chesterton writes about politics. In an essay on canvassing, he ponders some unusual double standards. We mere mortals cannot even offer our fellow citizens food for their vote. Politicians, on the other hand, can allow bribes to run into the stratosphere. We also can't threaten each other. The MPs, however, can threaten the downfall of civilization. Lukring behind this apparent hypocricy is the apparent lunacy of expecting the power-hungry to be the most moral voluntarily, even as the crack down on the rest of us.
Chesterton writes about daily annoyances. While on vacation, he learns that his beloved home at Battersea has been flooded. Far from despairing, he sees it as a chance to look at that home in a new light. Could it be that our daily lives have grown so boring and monotonous that we barely see the things around us at all? Maybe a forced change of scenery is the only thing that can make us look at daily life anew.
Chesterton writes about literature. He ponders a copy of The Eatansville Gazette, a newspaper that's supposed to exist only within the fictional world of Dickens' "Pickwick Papers". Moreover, the imaginary rag was a vile and repulsive publication; why would anyone want to drag it into reality? It seems that two distinct towns are vying to be recognized as the model for Eatansville. In doing so, Chesterton notes, they are trivializing the meaning of the book.
There's lots more considered in "All Things Considered". But while every essay here is amusing and almost everyone is a masterpiece, the selections in this book are by no means higher quality that average for Chesterton's career. Pondering that fact, you may well decide that you have to track down all 4,000 of Chesterton's newspaper columns the minute you finish this little selection.