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Napolean Of Notting Hill Picture a London in the future where democracy is dead A little government minister is made King The boroughs are suddenly declared separate kingdoms with their own city guard banner and gathering cr

  • Title: Napolean Of Notting Hill
  • Author: G.K. Chesterton
  • ISBN: 9780755100170
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Napolean Of Notting Hill By G.K. Chesterton, Picture a London in the future where democracy is dead A little government minister is made King The boroughs are suddenly declared separate kingdoms with their own city guard, banner and gathering cry and the capital is plunged into a strange type medieval warfare Then Notting Hill declares its independence

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    1. I once read an list titled Chesterton is the Besterton Now I understand why.The Napoleon of Notting Hill is set in an alternate 1984, one that isn t much different than 1904 Technology stopped progressing and most people stopped caring about government Democracy has given way to despotism, because one idiot s opinion is as good as the opinion of all of them, to paraphrase the text All of this changes when Auberon Quin is randomly selected as the King of England.Python esque humor abounds as Quin [...]

    2. Broadly speaking, this 1904 imagining of the world of the late 20th century and beyond can be called science fiction, but it s strictly a speculation in the social, not the technological, sciences Chesterton had little interest in technology, and, indeed, posits a future with no new technology, its material culture unchanged, when the novel opens, from that of his own Edwardian world It s also an imagining that, in some particulars, could almost be called surreal, and much of it is laced with Ch [...]

    3. Let me start this review by stating how surprised I am to know that none of the people on my friends list here have read this book I mean, this has to be one of the best debut novels ever written in the 20th century by a not so unknown English author yet this book fails to make even the to read list of so many people.My acquaintance with Chesterton s works was made through the numerous stories featuring Father Brown I came across in detective story compilations Though Father Brown isn t exactly [...]

    4. A very strange book I can honestly say that I ve never read anything quite like it before and probably never will It s a rather surreal story that is equal parts philosophical allegory, fantasy, dystopian fiction and satire It s all of these things and nothing Totally original in its genius totally maniacal in its unfolding This book is not at all typical There is no basis for comparison, and I m still reeling from what I ve just read The story takes place in 1984, but London s technological pro [...]

    5. Odd, odd book that has an alternative Victorian Britain reverting to a happy neo medievalism in which the commonest of goods has become mysterious and beautiful.This all comes to pass because the hereditary principle has come to an end and an eccentric civil servant is chosen by lot to become the new Monarch His creative reinterpretation of London place names at a public lecture for example Hammersmith becomes the place where the smiths beat the knights from Knightsbridge with their hammers insp [...]

    6. The first chapter of Notting Hill lays out the author s theory about the art of prophecy Prophets observe the fads and fallacies of their own eras and project their logical conclusions into the future Thus, H.G Wells envisions a secular, scientific utopia where religion and superstition are banished to histories Or there s Cecil Rhodes vision of a British empire, racially separate from its dark children but ruling benevolently over the world In our own time, I think Chesterton might have singled [...]

    7. A rather clever book and from which I may not have gleaned all that I might.Seemed to me to be written on two levels and therefore subject to two interpretations sheer nonsense on one hand and political philosophy on the other.It is set in London some time in the future when democracy has advanced The monarch is no longer hereditary but selected at random The choice falls on a minor government official who is so eccentric it is hard not to believe there isn t some blue blood coursing through his [...]

    8. Wise and zany it must be GKC.Truly a parable for our time A madcap king is taken seriously by lunatic functionary Chaos ensues.

    9. Some fascinating quotes and an interesting writing style While I loved the beginning and ending, I felt it just got to be a bit boring and outdated in the middle.

    10. With the world s attention fixed indeed, fixated on the recent royal arrival it was perhaps timely that I read Chesterton s first novel Not mine, I hasten to add the Father Brown stories were a staple of my boyhood but his, written in 1904 and telling of a world 80 years hence.It is thought that George Orwell based his 1984 on this speculative attempt by Chesterton to paint a future dystopia, but where Orwell was tyrannous and dark and depressing, as well as prescient, Chesterton was humorous an [...]

    11. The great library downtown has been overrun with mold, and nearly all British and American literature is in quarantine this could be a very long, slow autumn But fortunately, last week I found a few stacks that escaped the infection, and on them I came across Chesterton s delightful first novel, The Napoleon of Notting Hill 1904 , a metropolitan fairy tale for grown ups, set in Peter Pan s own neighborhood.Unlike Barrie, Chesterton doesn t sprinkle us with fairy dust and whisk us off to Never Ne [...]

    12. This leadership and liberty of Notting Hill is a gift from your Majesty And if it is taken from me, by God it shall be taken in battle, and the noise of that battle shall be heard in the flats of Chelsea and in the studios of S John s Wood Absurd and priceless Chestertonian satire is full of wit, dry humour and flagrant prose.

    13. I always enjoy Chesterton, although his fiction is usually too much of a jumble for me At the same time, there are magnificent lines, pearls mixed in with the peas

    14. Yeah, I like Chesterton And I love this novel Written at the beginning of his career, The Napoleon of Notting Hill is a multi layered allegory and philosophical statement, rolled into one Published in 1904,Napoleon is, as the synopsis states, a futurist fantasy set in 1984 Opening with a good hud but stinging broadside at futurists and ersatz prophets in general, Chesterton goes on to set the stage an anemic UK in which the public s world weariness and cynicism actually render its despotic gover [...]

    15. Even though there are only 129 pages of The Napoleon of Notting Hill, this first novel of Mr Chesterton contains lots of things worth contemplating First published in 1904, it s set 80 years in the future, which means in 1984 a year so much explored by authors However, different from the visions of Orwell and Wells, Chesterton imagined London in 1984 is similar to the city in 1904 There isn t any Big Brother or high technology One thing has changed though, people do not believe any in revolutio [...]

    16. THE NAPOLEON OF NOTTING HILL 1904 G K ChestertonI really didn t know what to expect from this short novel from Chesterton My previous experience with his works included his Father Brown short stories, and the novel, The Man Who Was Thursday Both of those prior experiences were excellent ones In this tale, Chesterton takes up about the first one quarter of the book setting up the scene It seems as if he wanted to create an alternate universe for the City of London where several of the various nei [...]

    17. This is a story about a joke It is also a story about belief, and the conflict that arises because of that belief It is a story about how a joke and belief can change a world by changing the minds and spirits of those who inhabit it.A man becomes King, and treats this responsibility as a joke, capering and buffooning his way through life, realising that in the coming together of great nations a stilted seriousness has long since stifled humour.In his humour he conceives a grand joke, and enforce [...]

    18. I don t know what event occurred to inspire the author to write this work, and I don t know quite how to take it Maybe he could see the future.he s laughing at us.Synopsis In a London of the future, the drudgery of capitalism and bureaucracy have worn the human spirit down to the point where it can barely stand When a pint sized clerk named Auberon Quinn is randomly selected as head of state, he decides to turn London into a medieval carnival for his own amusement One man, Adam Wayne, takes the [...]

    19. Reading Chesterton is so damn invigorating.Started with delight, read with pleasure, finished with exhilaration.I know of no one else who can raise such a word tide of vigorous, evangelical zeal One of the few books which has actually made me laugh aloud.Why in the Lord s good name is this man not appreciated

    20. Chesterton is obviously very witty and clever and uses a lot of literary tricks like allegory, metaphors, forshadowing, dramatic irony, etc But there are times when it seems like he s trying so hard to be clever that I feel like saying what Shakespeare said in Hamlet Less Art matter.In my humble opinion and for the penny it s worth.Sincerely, Laura Lee Rahn

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    22. Un capolavoro lo si pu leggere in chiave di satira e indagine socio antropologica di un Inghilterra futuristica, attraverso la penna di uno scrittore di fine ottocentooppure come una divertente fiaba di intrattenimento.mma, un prodotto molto vicino al Ciclo degli Antenati di Calvino

    23. This is an interesting exploration of what makes people passionate about things, and what keeps life from getting dull Namely, love and laughter Written in Chesterton s iconic humor this is a good light book for anyone looking for good material in a fun package.

    24. The Napoleon of Notting Hill is one of the best books you ve probably never read Even for some literature majors and heavy readers, probably it was never required reading for me Conservative intellectuals are familiar with it That s how I heard of it a reference from paleoconservative critic Thomas Fleming view spoiler Written in 1904, The Napoleon of Notting Hill is a fantasy set in 1984 coincidentally, the same year George Orwell s later novel is set in In this future England, the Windsor dyna [...]

    25. A great many things are often written about first novels or early novels usually concerning the author s immaturity and flaws as a writer However what I find interesting, especially regarding the present work, is that it has an incredible dynamic drive which I think is both delightful and illuminating While I am not quite prepared to suggest that this book s expounded philosophy encompasses, in kernel form, all of what Chesterton wrote about in his career, there is a certain argument to be made [...]

    26. Originally published on my blog here in October 2003.In some respects, Chesterton s first novel seems almost contemporary in outlook in others, it is stuck in its time, now almost a century in the past One of the great problems of our age at least in the West , according to politicians, is political apathy that is a link between today and the Britain of 1904 The Napoleon of Notting Hill is set in 1984, a famous year in science fiction, and the consequence of that apathy has been to turn politica [...]

    27. The London of the next century has defied all the prognosticators by being precisely the same as the current London, only so That is, atheistic, evolutionary, capitalistic, a romantic, and basically dreary than ever even as it remains populated by hackney cabs, gas lights, and horse drawn omnibuses Further, having dispensed also with the foolishness of a hereditary monarchy, the king is now selected by pure lottery Oh, and by the by, war has been eliminated One Auberon Quin, a young man who ha [...]

    28. El g nero humano, al que muchos de mis lectores pertenecen , as empieza esta novela, la primera de Chesterton, marcando ya desde el principio el tono de este libro Una historia enloquecida que se desarrolla en un Londres del futuro donde los reyes son elegidos por sorteo, al parecer con el mismo porcentaje de xitos y fracasos que los hereditarios, hasta que le toca la corona a un ciudadano con un particular sentido del humor La combinaci n de un rey bromista y un preboste, el de Notting Hill, ba [...]

    29. The only other full length novel I ve read from GK Chesterton is The Man Who Was Thursday and I ve concluded that Chesterton is better at short stories than the full length novel The Napoleon of Notting Hill starts off strongly Chesterton gives us some insights into politics, Monarchies, and patriotism in his usual whimsical way that is both thought provoking and funny Chesterton at his best.However, as the narrative develops the deeper philosophical thoughts get washed away by only mildly humo [...]

    30. Unusual and engrossing The Napoleon of Notting Hill kept me company amidst the chaos of Terminal 3 in Heathrow while waiting to embark on the first long distance flight of my life My impression is that Mr Chesterton was too much far ahead for his times but didn t care a bit having a good sport in poking fun at defying literary conventions This odd little novel could be read in many ways as a satire of British politics and the frail concept of modern democracy, as a dystopian entertainment or as [...]

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