I was interested in getting some of Chesterton's works of fiction (just picked up 'The Man Who Was Thursday').
In reading up on his works of fiction I've come across a particular sentiment more than a few times: that while his non-fiction writing is superb, his fiction writing is lacking.
The comparison has been usually between Chesterton and Lewis, it seems.
I've only read one of Lewis's works of fiction; 'Until We Have Faces'.
Does anyone else feel that Chesterton's works of fiction leave something to be desired?
Also, I see Maurice Baring also wrote a decent amount of fiction. Baring, Belloc and Chesterton seem to have all been pretty close. With respects to quality of the works of fiction - where would Baring stand in relation to Lewis and Chesterton.
Also, would there be any works of fiction for Baring that anyone would recommend?
Also, Also.... Are there any other writers similar writers like Lewis and Chesterton.
Chesterton felt that his works of fiction left something to be desired. Most critics agree with him. His point was that, at the most basic, he was a journalist, not a novelist at all. As he said in the AUTOBIOGRAPHY, "...I could not be a novelist because I really like to see ideas or notions wrestling naked, as it were, and not dressed up in a masquerade as men" (Chap XIV, p. 298). It's certainly difficult to read any of his novels and feel you are seeing a description of real people interacting. Ian Ker's intro to THE EVERYMAN CHESTERTON, which can be found at Amazon.com, has a brief discussion on this.
Doesn't mean that I haven't read all his novels with enjoyment. But they are Chesterton
While I have a small Baring collection, I am not very interested in him. But I have heard it said that his novel C
(that's just the letter "C") is recommended. I have a large collection of Belloc's novels and have never read them, either.
I don't think there are any writers like Chesterton and Lewis. But, in a similar vein to Chesterton's novels, I'd suggest the novels of Charles Williams. I collect him, too. He's also sui generis.