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Manalive by G. K. Chesterton

Manalive by G. K. Chesterton is a delightful and whimsical tale that follows the enigmatic and eccentric Innocent Smith as he turns the lives of a group of boarding house residents upside down. Smith's unorthodox approach to life, filled with spontaneity and a childlike sense of wonder, challenges the preconceived notions of those around him and forces them to reexamine their own views on happiness and purpose.

Chesterton's writing is witty and thought-provoking, with a distinct charm that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. Through Smith's antics and unorthodox behavior, Chesterton explores themes of joy, redemption, and the importance of living life to its fullest.

Overall, Manalive is a charming and uplifting read that will leave readers reflecting on their own lives and the true meaning of happiness. Chesterton's unique blend of whimsy and profundity makes this novel a true gem in the world of literature.

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The flying blast struck London just where it scales the northern heights, terrace above terrace, as precipitous as Edinburgh. It was round about this place that some poet, probably drunk, looked up astonished at all those streets gone skywards, and (thinking vaguely of glaciers and roped mountaineers) gave it the name of Swiss Cottage, which it has never been able to shake off. At some stage of those heights a terrace of tall gray houses, mostly empty and almost as desolate as the Grampians, curved round at the western end, so that the last building, a boarding establishment called “Beacon House,” offered abruptly to the sunset its high, narrow and towering termination, like the prow of some deserted ship.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 7, 2018
Subject: Manalive
Chesterton great as always...very good low key reader

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