Our next reading project is Hilaire Belloc's The Four Men: A Farrago. Published in 1912, this delightful book follows the narrator, Myself, on a walking journey across Sussex as he revisits the land of his birth and tries to recover and keep its memory preserved in his mind (and in the tale). He is joined on the journey by three companions: the wizened old man, Grizzlebeard; the raucous and ribald Sailor; and the wistful Poet.
All four men are aspects of Belloc himself, and the novel - peppered with hilarious tall tales, boisterous drinking songs, and madcap antics - contains deeper reflections on mortality, morality, and manhood.
The Southeast PA Chesterton Society will meet and discuss this work on Sunday, November 19th. The book is also the focus of the upcoming annual Greater Philadelphia Area Four Men Feast to be held on October 28th. Details about the November meeting as well as the Feast are below the "read more" break.
The book can be purchased in paperback from the American Chesterton Society in a lovely recent edition, with annotations and commentary.
It is also available in sundry formats from Archive.org including Kindle (MOBI) and PDF download, as well as full-text.
The Annual Greater Philadelphia Area Four Men Feast
The annual Greater Philadelphia Four Men Feast will take place at Ivy Hall on Saturday, October 28th beginning at 7:30 PM.
While it is not essential or necessary to have read The Four Men to attend the gathering, it certainly makes the experience more fruitful.
The Feast consists of a program that runs as follows:
For more information on the Feast, visit the website, and if you have questions or concerns please use the contact form there to get in touch with the organizers.
November SEPA Chesterton Society Meeting
In November, the Society will discuss The Four Men:
We aim to provide fellowship and fun in the Philadelphia area as we gather and honor the personal and literary legacy of G.K. Chesterton.
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