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Don't be Afraid, It's Only a Nightmare. 
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Post Don't be Afraid, It's Only a Nightmare.
There are some people who are not reading TMWWT but are reading the comments.
I can think of only three reasons why someone would do that;

1) They dislike Chesterton. This is hard to defend as Chesterton was almost universally loved during his time.
2) They dislike the subject matter of the book. This is likely based on the idea that TMWWT is an attempt to covert atheists to Christianity. While Chesterton is known for his strong apologetic for Christianity and Roman Catholocism I specifically suggested TMWWT because it lacks an apologetic. It deals with many issues and will find some images in the book which suggest religion, I doubt you will come away from the book feeling that you have read a defense of Christianity. In fact, if Sunday is intended to represent God, which he isn't*, God must be very strange.
3) They are afraid to read it. Under that circumstance I remind you that the subtitle of the book is; A NIGHTMARE. Chesterton is very clear in the interviews he gave about the book that readers remember that. The story is about a DREAM. I will publish some of those interviews on BT soon.

*Chesterton states this in several interviews.


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Post Re: Don't be Afraid, It's Only a Nightmare.
Well, there may be a fourth reason, maybe members have an interest in the book but don't have the time to read it or they or reading something else. I don't see anything wrong with just reading the comments and not the book, I do it all the time with the non-fiction discussions.



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Post Re: Don't be Afraid, It's Only a Nightmare.
Just in case stahrwe is right and some of you are avoiding this because it seems like it could be a backdoor evangelical effort, reconsider reading it. I'm an atheist and at no point in the reading did I feel I was being preached to. Is there a christian slant to the book? Yes. However, when it pokes out its head, it becomes twisted in the cosmological dreamscape of this book. Very fun read and very interesting trying to unravel. Thanks stahrwe for the good reading experience.



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Post Re: Don't be Afraid, It's Only a Nightmare.
"The Man Who Was Thursday" is a work of fiction. What are most novels about? Love and loss, war and religion. If you like fiction it should not matter what your religious beliefs are to appreciate a well written novel with religious themes.



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Post Re: Don't be Afraid, It's Only a Nightmare.
Hey all, I just poke my head in to active discussions sometimes to see what people are talking about. The G.K. Chesterton book does sound interesting. Unfortunately, I don't really participate in many book discussions lately. I have so many books that I've already decided I want to read. Also, I find I usually just fly through a book and don't have that much to say about it.


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Post Re: Don't be Afraid, It's Only a Nightmare.
geo wrote:
Also, I find I usually just fly through a book and don't have that much to say about it.


I find this comment just sad. A good book is like a fine wine, or great art; you would not swig a 1997 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti or minimize the time spent in the Louvre by using a Segway, why would you, 'fly through a book?'

Some of the best experiences I have had were when I found a book to be a path into the author's mind and spent pleasant time there and made him or her a friend.


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Post Re: Don't be Afraid, It's Only a Nightmare.
Well, actually I'm a slow and careful reader. But I also read a lot. So I do tend to fly through books . . . in a slow, plodding manner. :-)

I just finished the third chapter, and I was going to post a few comments, but then I came upon a fairly major spoiler (in the Chapter 3 thread). I guess that's why I tend not to participate in fiction book discussions. The act of reading is a personaI journey, and I want to let the story unfold naturally. Others are either much further ahead or finished the book entirely. So I'll check back when I'm finished the book.

I will say I'm enjoying the book a lot. It's really very engaging and well written.


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Post Re: Don't be Afraid, It's Only a Nightmare.
geo wrote:
I ... tend to fly through books . . . in a slow, plodding manner.


A paradoxical statement - GKC would be proud.


geo wrote:
I just finished the third chapter, and I was going to post a few comments, but then I came upon a fairly major spoiler (in the Chapter 3 thread). I guess that's why I tend not to participate in fiction book discussions. The act of reading is a personaI journey, and I want to let the story unfold naturally. Others are either much further ahead or finished the book entirely. So I'll check back when I'm finished the book.

I will say I'm enjoying the book a lot. It's really very engaging and well written.


I am very pleased to hear that you are enjoying the book.
I don't know what spoiler you came upon but I encourage you not to assume that any conclusions stated are correct, nor should you assume that things won't change before the end of the book.

thank you for your comment.


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Post Re: Don't be Afraid, It's Only a Nightmare.
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Thanks stahrwe for the good reading experience.


my sentiments exactly, and i said as much. a rollicking romp and damn good fun, AND it gives you something to think about instead of something to drink about.



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