Monday, May 12, 2008

Currently reading

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in Kensington in 1874. He was a late developer, only reaching adolescence in his late teens, and this gave him a somewhat skewed perspective on life.

What a description! Have you ever wondered what people will write about you when you’re gone?

The quote above is from the blurb in Father Brown: selected stories (published by “Collector’s Library”), which I’m currently reading.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read fiction by Chesterton. In fact, it’s been a long time since I’ve read any fiction! I enjoy the humor and little snatches of Christianity. I also enjoy expanding my vocabulary, since the early 20th century British style offers a few more sophisticated words than my beginning English classes!

3 comments:

  1. Point well taken! I remember once reading a book by Thomas Hardy and the intoduction said something similar - about how immature he was in his teens, only going out on his own in his twenties. And that is ALL I remember about Thomas Hardy apart from the names of his books! How sad is that?

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  2. Just thinking - we'd "conversed" before about fiction and whether or not fiction could have a positive spiritual impact. One of my favorite authors is British also, Elizabeth Goudge. Her books had a profound spiritual impact on me....even though they might be considered rather light fiction. But they are wonderful and do make you think.

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  3. I've read some Elizabeth Goudge as well.

    I used to read Agatha Christie and had nightmares, but so far no ill effects from Father Brown. I do have to be careful, though.

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