Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G.K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte is something like a biography of G. K. Chesterton. Though, it is like a biography, it is not a biography, it is more like a source book with lots of little paragraphs that bring the larger block quotes together. In essence, this book is a tribute to all of those who have written about G. K. Chesterton and so it is a tribute to Chesterton, but it is not a significant biography in and of itself.
The promise of this book is the study of a great man, the downfall is that the author neither adds anything substantial to the conversation nor seems fit to even craft his own sentence about the man. In short. I’m not a fan. I’m sure there are dozens of books about Chesterton that are worth reading. Though this one quotes many of those, there is nothing of interest in Defiant Joy other than the topic it so miserably pursues.
That one should attempt to write about such a large literary figure with so little literary diligence is an egregious crime against the man about whom it was written. The book seemed rushed with many of the same block quotes being used just pages apart. Reading this book made it seem more like a rough draft of a paper lengthened to meet a page quota than an actual print worthy book.
The retail price is $16.99 (paperback), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $11.55. I gave it two stars.
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