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What's Wrong With the World

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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936) has been called the “prince of paradox.” Time magazine observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.” His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction.

The title of Chesteron’s 1910 collection of essays was inspired by a title given to him two years earlier by The Times newspaper, which had asked a number of authors to write on the topic: “What’s wrong with the world?”. Chesterton’s answer at that time was the shortest of those submitted - he simply wrote: “Dear Sirs, I am. Sincerely yours, G.K. Chesterton”. In this collection he gives a fuller treatment of the question, with his characteristic conservative wit. (Summary by Wikipedia and Carl Manchester) (7 hr 4 min)

Chapters

Dedication

3:02

Read by LibertusMaximus

The Medical Mistake

7:43

Read by LibertusMaximus

Wanted, an Unpractical Man

10:29

Read by LibertusMaximus

The New Hypocrite

13:06

Read by Jordan

The Fear of the Past

9:22

Read by dlorimer

The Unfinished Temple

12:06

Read by Jordan

The Enemies of Property

9:51

Read by pattymarie

The Free Family

8:05

Read by Jeannie

The Wildness of Domesticity

8:54

Read by Zloot

History of Hudge and Gudge

11:03

Read by Craig Campbell

Oppression by Optimism

6:36

Read by Houldsworth1

The Homelessness of Jones

9:21

Read by Houldsworth1

The Charm of Jingoism

8:21

Read by Craig Campbell

Wisdom and the Weather

14:12

Read by davevoelker

The Common Vision

7:11

Read by Jeannie

The Insane Necessity

14:37

Read by Zloot

The Unmilitary Sufragette

6:50

Read by Houldsworth1

The Universal Stick

13:55

Read by dlorimer

The Emancipation of Domesticity

10:06

Read by NickNumber

The Romance of Thrift

11:36

Read by Anne Cheng

The Coldness of Chloe

8:35

Read by von

The Pedant and the Savage

6:24

Read by von

The Modern Surrender of Woman

8:03

Read by pattymarie

The Brand of the Fleur-de-Lys

6:42

Read by von

Sincerity and the Gallows

6:49

Read by Craig Campbell

The Higher Anarchy

8:25

Read by Ransom

The Queen and the Suffragettes

3:44

Read by Ransom

The Modern Slave

7:12

Read by Ransom

The Calvanism of To-day

5:20

Read by Gary Gilberd

The Tribal Terror

5:59

Read by Gary Gilberd

The Tricks of Environment

4:35

Read by breathe

The Truth About Education

6:03

Read by breathe

An Evil Cry

6:25

Read by breathe

Authority the Unavoidable

10:02

Read by Craig Campbell

The Humility of Mrs Grundy

8:15

Read by von

The Broken Rainbow

11:04

Read by valli

The Need for Narrowness

5:11

Read by von

The Case for Public Schools

15:47

Read by valli

The School for Hypocrites

12:32

Read by Craig Campbell

The Staleness of the New Schools

6:42

Read by Jeannie

The Outlawed Parent

7:20

Read by Craig Campbell

Folly and Female Education

8:26

Read by Alana Jordan

The Empire of the Insect

14:17

Read by David Barnes

The Fallacy of the Umbrella Stand

8:34

Read by Raerity

The Dreadful Duty of Gudge

6:16

Read by Craig Campbell

A Last Instance

2:34

Read by Jeannie

Conclusion

8:45

Read by Jeannie

Three Notes

8:06

Read by Alana Jordan

Bewertungen

A bold and fitting title to a true classic

(5 Sterne)

Switch around a few words and you could read parts of this in any news outlet. The hypocrisy of the capitalist and socialist is spelt out in clear and common terms. every chapter should be read and reflected upon then read again until each term is properly understood. A treasure of information awaits the reader on what, where and why a family is. If you must skip the whole thing read the conclusion, it provides a true summary of what is, a truly great and highly philosophical text.

Well-written

(5 Sterne)

This is a fascinating and well-reasoned book, but likely to raise eyebrows or perhaps even blood pressure, particularly if it is read shallowly. Here Chesterton speaks out for justice and reform. Here he defends the traditional family and speaks with immense respect for women and for not forcing them into the same mold as men. Here he says, "With the red hair of one she-urchin in the gutter I will set fire to all modern civilization."

well read, mostly

(4 Sterne)

Some readers were worse than others. The book is actually not good. A lot more of it is against feminism and the female suffrage than is usually mentioned. Actually it is entirely about politics, and none of his arguments are any good, and his prose is not at his best

(4,5 Sterne)

Overall the reading was excellently done, but there were two chapters read with an accent so thick I couldn't understand them and had to skip over them! Other than that issue, a quality recording of a quality book.

Technically difficult

(3,5 Sterne)

I found this interesting group of essays difficult to listen to primarily because of the wild variations in volume from one narrator to another. One woman was so quiet that I simply couldn't turn it up enough, even wearing earphones. The essays themselves were certainly thought-provoking, particularly those on women. I will have to find out more about the author. Was he just a product of his place and time?

Chesterton, mostly well read

(4 Sterne)

As always the master of starting in a crazy rule then lucid working out of the unpredicted ougcomes. a few chapters were read in accented English that was hard to follow.

Freakishly pertinent

(4 Sterne)

Amazing how social issues stay the same over 100 years. I will be rereading this.

(3 Sterne)

He's just too smart for me. I think I will need to read several times to understand.