George Bernard Shaw

Author: G. K. Chesterton

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In this book Chesterton describes one of his contemporaries, George Bernard Shaw, giving his critical opinion about him and his work, which is an expression of himself. Although this biography does not give many facts about the Irish playwright, it does give us a thorough introduction about him, presenting him in a solid and pleasing picture.

As always, Chesterton is insightful in giving us his opinions and criticisms of a different and unusual but very interesting man. He gives him the seriousness he deserves and tries to be more sober than usual. Also this book gives you a good idea of life in those times and does not shy away from criticism when he sees fit.

If you want to read a well-written sentence or a well-formulated paradox, you will love this intimate writing by Bernard Shaw.

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