This is an essay from the Favorite Essays collection.
Here, in this unusual collection, are some of the greatest essays in Western literature. Witty, informative and imaginative, the topics vary from starvation in Ireland, fine China, the extension of railways in the Lake District, and the tombs in Westminster Abbey. A little like after-dinner monologues, they are passing thoughts expressed as journalism. Neville Jason reads with urbane clarity.
This installment in the Favorite Essays series presents G. K. Chesterton’s "On Lying in Bed", a deliciously languid reflection on sleep, laziness, activity, and what makes life worth living. Chesterton, a 19th-century jack-of-all-trades whose fiction and essays have entered the canon of classic English prose, has a beautiful unhurried style of writing, and leaps lightly from idea to idea in this thought-provoking piece, letting his mind wander where it might.
Neville Jason’s plush, rolling tones further enrich this sleepy lyric essay, and listeners will enjoy lazing about in this masterful work.
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