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The Napoleon of Notting Hill / G. K. Chesterton.

By: Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 [author.]
Series: Penguin Modern Classics: Publisher: Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1946Description: 158 pages ; 18 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780140005509 (paperback) Subject(s): Notting Hill (London, England) -- Politics and government -- Fiction | Notting Hill (London, England) -- Social conditions -- FictionOnline resources: Chesterton.org about this book. | SpeculativeFaith.lorehaven.com about this book. | Amazon.com about a different edition of this book. | GoodReads.com about a different edition of this book. | Read the 1904 edition of this book online at Project Gutenberg. Summary: The Napoleon of Notting Hill was G.K. Chesterton's first novel. First published in 1904, it is a futuristic novel set in London in 1984. London is a city of gaslamps and horse-drawn vehicles. England is ruled by a series of randomly selected Kings. When a pint-sized clerk named Auberon Quinn is randomly selected as King, he turns the boroughs into medieval city states. Adam Wayne, the newly appointed leader of the Notting Hill borough, takes up arms in defence of his territory against his neighbours who were trying to build a highway through Notting Hill. War wracks London and brings chaos to the city. This book is a satirical and philosophical work. Much of the plot is whimsical, over the top, with tragedy and comedy. The wonderful characters are caricatures, larger-than-life stereotypes. The story, too, is over the top, but highly entertaining, with wonderful descriptions. The story tells us that laughter and love are two sides of a coin, and that perhaps communities should celebrate their own uniqueness as they come together to resolve their differences. Chesterton predicted that people would not change. Democracy would be a challenge that most people would not face up to. The most capable people would refuse to take the responsibility of governing, and most people in general would regard government not so much with resentment as with indifference. The main theme of The Napoleon of Notting Hill is patriotism, but it takes until the very end of the book to see how the plot cross-examines the idea of loving your country.
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Holland Park
Adult Fiction Holland Park Library Room 2 AF che nap 1985 c1 (Browse shelf) Available 2594
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First published in 1904. Published in Penguin Books 1946. Reprinted 1985.

The Napoleon of Notting Hill was G.K. Chesterton's first novel. First published in 1904, it is a futuristic novel set in London in 1984. London is a city of gaslamps and horse-drawn vehicles. England is ruled by a series of randomly selected Kings. When a pint-sized clerk named Auberon Quinn is randomly selected as King, he turns the boroughs into medieval city states. Adam Wayne, the newly appointed leader of the Notting Hill borough, takes up arms in defence of his territory against his neighbours who were trying to build a highway through Notting Hill. War wracks London and brings chaos to the city. This book is a satirical and philosophical work. Much of the plot is whimsical, over the top, with tragedy and comedy. The wonderful characters are caricatures, larger-than-life stereotypes. The story, too, is over the top, but highly entertaining, with wonderful descriptions. The story tells us that laughter and love are two sides of a coin, and that perhaps communities should celebrate their own uniqueness as they come together to resolve their differences. Chesterton predicted that people would not change. Democracy would be a challenge that most people would not face up to. The most capable people would refuse to take the responsibility of governing, and most people in general would regard government not so much with resentment as with indifference. The main theme of The Napoleon of Notting Hill is patriotism, but it takes until the very end of the book to see how the plot cross-examines the idea of loving your country.

Added to GBC Library Holland Park 31 July 2020.

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