Tremendous Trifles has ratings and 83 reviews. Nandakishore said: One thing I like about our public library is the presence of old books – I mean, re. The Dragon’s Grandmother. I met a man the other day who did not believe in fairy tales. I do not mean that he did not believe in the incidents narrated. Probably Chesterton’s most popular book of essays, Trifles is full of The essays gathered here are a testament to G.K. Chesterton’s faith—not his faith in.

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Tremendously written essays on a vast array of trifling subjects. Still, it is Chesterton, and therefore witty and intriguing and curious.

Tremendous Trifles by G.K. Chesterton

As far as Chesterton is concerned, the latter is the only honest way of living and I’d agree with him. Sometimes I couldn’t tell exactly what point he was trying to make, but every essay is delightfully funny and smart, and will definitely get you thinking.

In the modern novels the hero is mad before the book begins, and suffers from the harsh steadiness and cruel sanity of the cosmos. Definitely worth a read. Some of his longer philosophical works can be virtually unreadable if you don’t share his Catholic sensibilities; his essays, however, are much easier to recommend.

It is foreworded by Ben Schott — who is clearly someone I need to follow up on soon; the foreword was as much fun as one of the essays. He probably wrote too many. But how did that happen? Short stories and columns; some interesting personal accounts some clearly parables. In comparison, guys like Christopher Hitchens and Dinesh D’Souza seem like the Tremendously written essays on a vast array of trifling subjects.


I think he can be certain, for if as I said to my friend, furiously brandishing an empty bottle it is impossible intellectually to entertain certainty, what is this certainty which it is impossible to entertain?

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I did not make the world, and I did not make it paradoxical. Marvelous; a case study of the outlook of a true fantasist. M Trifles is Chesterton’s celebration of the mundane, ordinary, and unexciting. Some of them are not at all worth trilfes about, like anything to do with French politics – in which Chesterton’s ideas were largely formed and in some cases skewed by Hilaire Belloc, who by all reports was a very difficult man to disagree with, even when you wanted to.

Tremendous Trifles

Jul 19, Joel rated it really liked it. Travellers tell me that it is called England Scotch travellers tell me that it is called Britainand there is a rumour trufles somewhere in the heart of it there is a beautiful place called Battersea. Throughout, the essays provoke laughter, and nodding of my head, and blank stares as a new way of looking at things unwinds behind my eyes.

Open Preview See a Problem? We have lost our way. I’ve been carrying this book around at work the past couple of weeks, and reading the very short chapters “trifles” on my breaks has been a big part of what’s kept me tremeendous. The time he went on chesteeton trip: The Poet and the Lunatics: Let us learn to write essays on a stray cat or a coloured cloud. Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: This makes is ordinary essays a lot of fun to read. Excellent insights in each essay.

There are many gems in this book. Project Gutenberg offers 58, free ebooks to download. The chapter “The Red Angel” really explained why Fairy Tales are important, not just the Disney ones which are entertaining, but to a degree harmful in that they suggest everything ends in a happy endingbut why it is important to have scary fairy tales read to children.


The conceit is that Chesterton begins with ordinary objects and incidents, and uses them as a springboard to examine weightier chedterton of philosophy, religion, politics, and morality. Jul 28, Aria Maher rated it it was amazing Hremendous Sadly, he did not make the connection that other people’s imperialism was also a bad thing; this volume contains several of his essays against the Boer War, treating the Dutch in South Africa as the people whose homes were being impinged on by Imperialism.

Upon revisiting the book I discovered that it was in fact a shortened version that was missing about half the essays of the original. Among the primary achievements of Chesterton’s extensive writing treendous are the wide range of subjects written about, the large number of genres employed, and the sheer volume of publications produced.

I cannot see that door. In some ways he is ahead of his time, in some ways he is a man of his time. A Dictionary of the Mad, Mundane and Metaphysical.

Almost every single page of this book is funny. We have come to the wrong star. No trivia or quizzes yet. Not for people not in a mood for whimsy.

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