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A comical futurist fantasy, first published in 1904, about a tradition-loving suburban London community of the 1980s at war with its modernizing neighbors. Chesterton's splendid storytelling gifts and his sympathies for the plight of small nations trying to remain independent are strongly in evidence. 7 illustrations by W. Graham Robertson. New Introduction by Martin Gardner.

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The Napoleon of Notting Hill is G. K. Chesterton's first novel. Published in 1904, it is set at the end of the twentieth century. London is still a city of gas lamps and horse-drawn vehicles, but democratic government has withered away, and a representative ordinary citizen is simply chosen from a list to be king. Auberon Quin, a government clerk, something of an aesthete and even more of a joker, becomes king. Purely for his own entertainment he transforms the boroughs of London into medieval city states, with heraldic coats of arms and colourfully uniformed guards, governed by provosts in splendid robes. Then he encounters Adam Wayne, the dedicated young Provost of Notting Hill, who takes Quin's ideas more seriously than the king himself. When the other boroughs try to force a new road through Notting Hill, Wayne, convinced that small is beautiful, fights to defend his territory. Chesterton enacts arguments about the nature of human loyalties that are still current, glorifying the little man, while attacking big business and the monolithic state.

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A comical futurist fantasy, first published in 1904, about a tradition-loving suburban London community of the 1980's at war with its modernizing neighbors. 7 illustrations by W. Graham Robertson. New Introduction by Martin Gardner.

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Gallagheralan2000, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Gallagheralan2000)
Chesterton is excellent, and this is one of his best books. The opening chapter alone is worth the price: On the Art of Prophecy, in which he skewers those who predict the future. Anything by Chesterton is eminently sane and witty, so much so that choosing a "best book" is futile. One reads Chesterton over and over, and gives his books to others. This is a utopian novel which takes place in 1984, and show what the world might have looked like when all the predictions failed, and the world looked very much as it did when the book was written. In the book, the King is chosen by lot, but establishes a system of small sections of London, each with his own history, flag, and spirit, resulting in free men loving their city and neighborhood and, because they love it, defending it. I recently wrote Father James Schall of Georgetown, a Jesuit and Chesterton enthusiast, to praise the book, and his promotion of real education, which the reader can find in all Chesterton books.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486265513
Author:
Chesterton, G. K.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Chesterton, G. K.
Author:
on
Author:
G. K. Chestert
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
London
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Notting Hill (London, England) Politics and government Fiction.
Subject:
Notting Hill
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Dover ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Literature & Drama
Series Volume:
1200-ND
Publication Date:
19910231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.5 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The Napoleon of Notting Hill is G. K. Chesterton's first novel. Published in 1904, it is set at the end of the twentieth century. London is still a city of gas lamps and horse-drawn vehicles, but democratic government has withered away, and a representative ordinary citizen is simply chosen from a list to be king. Auberon Quin, a government clerk, something of an aesthete and even more of a joker, becomes king. Purely for his own entertainment he transforms the boroughs of London into medieval city states, with heraldic coats of arms and colourfully uniformed guards, governed by provosts in splendid robes. Then he encounters Adam Wayne, the dedicated young Provost of Notting Hill, who takes Quin's ideas more seriously than the king himself. When the other boroughs try to force a new road through Notting Hill, Wayne, convinced that small is beautiful, fights to defend his territory. Chesterton enacts arguments about the nature of human loyalties that are still current, glorifying the little man, while attacking big business and the monolithic state.
"Synopsis" by ,
A comical futurist fantasy, first published in 1904, about a tradition-loving suburban London community of the 1980's at war with its modernizing neighbors. 7 illustrations by W. Graham Robertson. New Introduction by Martin Gardner.
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