November 19, 2004

More Literary Posting

Dan the Silver Fox links to an article about G.K. Chesterton that gets my stamp of approval for, among other reasons, its reference to "Goofus and Gallant," which immediately brought back floods of memories of reading "Highlights" magazine while sitting in various doctors' and dentists' offices as a boy.

Like Dan, I've really not read very much G.K.C., although I see him quoted all the time. I've tried to plow through a couple of his essays, but almost always immediately dozed off. (This is not necessarily a sign of his literary worth. Milton, for example, was perhaps the greatest epic poet of the English language. But try reading his political tracts without a helmet on and I guarantee you'll get a concussion when your head hits the table.)

As I say, I've never tried Chesterton's fiction. I really ought to. Any recommendations for a good starter would be appreciated. (Please don't say "Father Brown Mysteries." I don't like mysteries.)

YIPS from Steve: I guess there's really no question around here who is Goofus and who is Gallant now, is there?

Posted by Robert at November 19, 2004 09:42 AM | TrackBack

Actually, I really enjoy GKC's fiction: Father Brown is great, as is the Man Called Tuesday. I'd suggest starting with Fr. Brown and then branching out; I think you'll find it enjoyable.

(searching out my copy of Fr. Brown to re-read....)

Posted by: Romeocat at November 19, 2004 10:09 AM

Ooops. Read too quickly. But they are very good....

Posted by: Romeocat at November 19, 2004 10:10 AM

Re: Highlights

I was also a big fan of the pen and ink drawings where you had to find all the hidden objects.

I always sided with "Gallant", but only for utilitarian reasons. While I understood Goofus's motivations on a visceral level, I always thought to myself "Man, he's gonna get an ass beating for that" and hence thought he wasn't very smart.

Posted by: DWC at November 19, 2004 11:01 AM

Ah, Highlights! Man, that takes me back.

Posted by: jen at November 19, 2004 11:23 AM

The Man Who Was Thursday is an old favorite. I've never been much of a mystery fan, either, but I do enjoy many of the Father Brown stories.

Posted by: Don at November 19, 2004 01:18 PM
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