Having read some of Chesterton’s works, this book is a great synthesis of some of his best quotes. It is an alphabetical ordering of his “wit and wisdom” covering everything from “Academia” to “Zola, Emile”. Since Belmonte accumulated a compilation of Chesterton quotes there isn’t much flow to this book as if it were a narrative. Rather you find yourself jumping from topic to topic delving into the mind, heart, and soul of a theological/philosophical/literary giant.
For anyone who hasn’t read any of Chesterton’s classics – Orthodoxy, Heretics, The Man Who Was Thursday – this book is a great introduction to his thought. Granted, he can be somewhat difficult to understand in this group of decontextualized texts, don’t let that stop you from going any further. Overall, I’d recommend this book for someone looking into getting to know Chesterton without reading all his works or for the person who has read Chesterton and wants an easily accessible resource.
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