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The journals of a club which called itself the Lunatic Asylum: a group of amiable eccentrics who spend their time trying to do the impossible. At first they are nothing more than that: four whimsical idiots with no sense of responsibility, clowning outrageously for the sake of clowning. But soon they begin to see themselves as men with a mission: for they find that they ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 1968 by Darwen Finlayson Ltd
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Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: racconti, inglesi, owned
”Se una cosa merita di esser fatta, merita di esser fatta male”.

Assurdo: uno “stormo” di maiali paracadutato da un dirigibile come dono d’amore di un pilota della Prima Guerra Mondiale per la figlia di un oste.
Assurdo: incappare nel reverendo White che arriva a una vendita di beneficenza di paese in sella a un elefante bianco.
Assurdo: il metodico colonnello Crane che una domenica mattina mette il suo cilindro in testa allo spaventapasseri dell’orto ed esce di casa con in testa un cavolo
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Chesterton's England, ca. 100 years ago, is home to a de facto group of patriots, a Robin Hood renaissance. There's the lawyer, Mr. Robert Owen Hood, whose name itself harkens back to the leader of the Merry Men. His friend Colonel Crane is a quiet soul with a fiery past, plus a penchant for studying indigenous tribes and their religions. Among the other five members, the aviator Hilary Pierce stands out as a brash aviator, someone full of antics which he carries out with great seriousness.

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Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
ENGLISH: The seven protagonists of these eight stories are extravagant men, who start doing very difficult deeds (consisting, in general, in applying literally a phrase or a proverb) and end up launching a social revolution based on distributism, the economic-political theory sponsored by Chesterton and Belloc, based on the social doctrine of the Catholic Church.

The last of the stories, where the main characters recall the causes of their victory, had less interest for me. The funniest was the
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Typical Chesterton.
Maria Grazia
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brillante. Nuovo. Imprevedibile.
Anna Bosman
Aug 20, 2011 rated it liked it
...His gentlemen are active and verbal, his ladies are passive, quiet and angelic in that perfectly Victorian fashion which Virginia Woolf hated so much, and all of his characters irrespectively of their sex are one hundred percent chestertonian - in fact, whenever there is a monologue longer than one sentence, you can distinctively hear the voice of Chesterton himself, versatile but constant. That is the only characteristic of his novels which makes it hard for me to call them novels in the ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully witty tale of a group of British oddballs, who, on closer inspection, appear saner than the authority figures in the story. Also what happens when the local language idiom is taken literally. A delightful read.
Matt Carpenter
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun. The guys in this story get into all sorts of adventures, with characteristic Chestertonian foibles and solutions. The last chapter brings everything together nicely. It gives the benefit of imparting hope while being entertaining.
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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, ...more