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G.K. Chesterton. The Coloured Lands. London: Sheed and Ward, 1938. First edition, first printing. Quarto. 238 pages. Publisher's binding and dust jacket. ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published June 15th 2008 by CreateSpace Independent Publis (first published 1938)
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Karl
Feb 20, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This hardcover of the 1938 edition is illustrated by the author.
Eustacia Tan
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been wanting to read this as soon as I read the title. Unfortunately, this isn't public domain, and the library didn't have it. But then Scribd did (yay for the two free months I got - if you want a two month trial, which would help me get an extra month, let me know), so I read it IMMEDIATELY.

Basically, The Coloured Lands is a posthumous work, consisting of essays, short stories, poems and drawings from his youth, if I'm right. But for some reason, I did not love it as much as I expected t
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Jerry
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, fiction
Like the jacket blurb says, this is like going to Chesterton's house for the weekend. Sketches, drawings, poems, essays, a lot of fun. My edition is hard cover, Sheed & Ward.

From one essay, "On Household Gods and Goblins".

"When a townsman first sees these things directly and intimately, he does not despise them as dull but rather dreads them as wild, as he sometimes takes a tame cow for wild bull. The most obvious example is the hearth which is the heart of the home. A man living in the lukewar
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Mary Catelli
A posthumous collection of some of the more whimsical works of Chesterton, including essays, cartoons, poetry, and -- tales, I think is better than stories. Most are more striking for their creative ideas than for the care with which he worked out the world-building. A number are juvenilia.

The cartoon I liked best was "Diogenes teaching Alexander Patience" -- also known as solitaire.

But we have the little boy being told about the adventures of a man in the blue land, the green land, the yellow l
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Ken Madsen
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have read G.K. Chesterton in the past, Coloured Lands gives the reader a good perspective of the importance Chesterton has on fairy tales and stories in general. In some of the stories, the reader can pick up some of the core ideas he develops in books like The Everlasting Man and Orthodoxy. I particularly liked "A Nightmare" where Chesterton captures the random jumps of imagination we all experience in dreams.

Chesterton attended the Slade School of Art and this book feature many of his d
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Mariano Hortal
"Los países de colores" es la última recopilación de relatos de G.K. Chesterton que ha salido por aquí. Más que relatos es una mezcla de cuentos de hadas, relatitos, poemas, dibujos, historietas, en fin, un montón de esas cosillas que le gustaba hacer al gran escritor. Y lo único que se puede decir es que es una manera excelente de conocer al creador del PAdre Brown. Historias profundas donde abunda el sentido común y se dejan entrever sus paradojas. Recomendable tanto para adultos como para niñ ...more
Xabier Cid
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book. Chesterton at its best. In particular, I would highlight 'The Artistic Side', where it is one of the most clever insight in what life is and how we can perceive it.

This Spanish translation, has upsides and downsides: brilliant solutions and useful explanations alongside with lack of important footnotes or unlikely errors (Tyre, Tierra Sagrada...). I can't agree with the translator's decision of keep the meaning of Chesterton absurd poems and not to follow the rhythm and rh
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Irish Gal
I enjoyed his drawings even more than the stories, even though this format made it difficult to read some of his handwritten captions. But an interesting collection of drawings, stories and poetry, even though I just can't get into his poetry (or most poetry, for that matter. But I try!) ...more
Vicki
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Essays, poetry, artwork.. a very interesting collection.
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he 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. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi ...more

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