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As I know I've said here before, I've always had mixed feelings about Belloc. But when he's right, he's right on. Mr. Stove's essay is excellent. I look forward to reading these Belloc pieces, none of which I've read before.

The mixed feelings are understandable, I think. I hope you enjoy the essays.

These quotes are so absolutely in line with what we are reading in Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching. (I know everyone is going to get sick of my talking about this book, but I think it's that good.) Of course, Pope Leo XIII whose encyclicals are the basis of this book, was elected when Belloc was 8 and reigned until he was 33, so it makes sense that they are writing along the same lines.

I had to copy and paste this, so I have to write this sentence so TypePad won't think I'm a robot.


"Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching" is, undoubtedly, something I will need to read.

Oh and no wonder! It's Anthony Esolen.

I'm partway through the science essay--it's great. Almost every paragraph has some little aphoristic bit that you want to quote.

I know!

Belloc is very funny when he sets about it. I like The Four Men. One of the Four is a kind of lugubrious guy and he says 'there is nothing so bad as losing a friend'. The Sailor replies something like 'I lost a friend in Rio de Janiero and found him again in Johannesburg.' I still find that line funny after 30 years. Another funny book is called 'Belinda' - it is a parody of an 18th century novel, full of beef eating Englishmen.

"Belinda" sounds very amusing. I'll have to add it to the list. I think I have read bits from The Four Men - I'll have to read that too.

I've loved the Cautionary and Beasts poems since I was a child, and it was a bit of a shock to me to discover that Belloc had written serious stuff. I confess I could not get through his book on the French Revolution. I shall have to look into the essays.

I think the French Revolution is one of those things he was wrong about. I've not read his book about it and I don't know if I could.

Chesterton had a soft spot for the French Revolution, too.

I may have to buy that book whose cover I included with this post. Belloc illustrated by Gorey--what combination could be better?

You definitely need that to keep those grandchildren in line.


Yes I think Chesterton did have a soft spot for the French Revolution. I wonder why.

Somebody, possibly Russell Kirk, described Chesterton as being "sentimentally democratic." I think that's true, and that Belloc did, too. More positively, both of them had a hatred of injustice which was surely also a part of it.

Of course, but what of the injustices of the revolutionaries? Especially towards the Catholics of the Vendee?

I haven't read enough Belloc - but I did just buy another book by him last month, so I am on the right track. You have done a great service with this blog post! I have bookmarked it to help me pick what to read next.

I don't know what they said about that, Louise. You might have to read Belloc's book after all, to find out. :-)

Well indeed, Maclin! I'm glad this is helpful, Gretchen, which book did you buy recently? And what else, if any, have you read?

GretchenJoanna has a beautiful blog.


Yes, she does.

Where you can see beautiful things like this.

That is amazing.



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