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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The way to love anything is to realise that it might be lost.

The overall theme is of ordinariness. I mean, the book is from before the Soviet Union and the two World Wars – and when it was published, many of today’s nations didn’t exist!

Tremendous Trifles by G. K. Chesterton

Thoroughly enjoyable even when I disagreed with a philosophy of his. His prose here tends to be more playful than in his fiction, making him the essay writer that is the exception to Lewis’ rule in Horse and His Boy. But don’t let us let the eye rest. This book doesn’t have the “on”. Some of them are not at all worth expatiating 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.

A turn of phrase here, the turning upside down of a phrase there, a philosophical conceit somewhere, a purely GKC insult elsewhere — I love it.


Quotes from Tremendous Trifles. He’s often in as altered a state as Hunter S T ever managed, too – albeit a far more genial visionary. Some of them are classics. Mar 24, Erwin Maack rated it it was amazing. In the fairy tale the cosmos goes mad; but the hero does not go mad. Chesterton’s I remember reading is On Cheesterton in Bedwhich begins, “Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a coloured pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.

Jul 28, Aria Maher rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are wild over-generalizations, non sequiturs, flights of fancy; This is a collection of essays, originally printed as newspaper columns, written a century ago.

His whole premise is that there are two ways of viewing the world: Chesterton is so good for one’s perspective. I don’t have anything especial to say about this one.

We come from somewhere else. GKC is perhaps best known as the author of the Father Brown mysteries, but wrote so very much more — reams and sheaves and shelves, including essays for The Daily News, twenty-one of which are gathered here. Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: It’s something that I can identify with more than ever, as I vacillate between the feeling that Japan is my home and the wonder of the tourist. Aug 14, Leslie rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 4 comments.

In the first essay “Tremendous Trifles” he writes, “The only excuse for the scraps that follow is that they show what can be achieved with a commonplace existence and the sacred spectacles of exaggeration” 3.


The Annotated Innocence of Father Brown. It is foreworded by Ben Schott — who is clearly someone I need to follow up on soon; triflrs foreword was as much fun as one of the essays.

I think he can be certain, for if as I said to my friend, furiousl “On the day that I met the strange cabman I had been lunching in a little restaurant in Soho in company with three or four of my best friends.

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He had that sort of cheerfulness that one sees in someone who has been depressed and knows how hard life can be. I have attempted some such thing in what follows; but anyone else may do it better, if anyone else will only try” 1. But a lady has written me an earnest letter saying that fairy tales ought not to be taught to children even if they trifls true. But even these essays are not only interesting from a historical perspective, since there is still the general conceit that runs through all these books which is the wonder of the ordinary.

Inhe was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time.