The Flying Inn

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British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874–1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies—he is impossible to categorize as “liberal” or “conservative,” for instance—across a wide variety of avenues: he was a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, humorous style earned him the title of the “prince of paradox,” and his works—80 books and nearly 4,000 essays—remain among the most beloved in the English language

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Overview

British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874–1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies—he is impossible to categorize as “liberal” or “conservative,” for instance—across a wide variety of avenues: he was a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, humorous style earned him the title of the “prince of paradox,” and his works—80 books and nearly 4,000 essays—remain among the most beloved in the English language

Considered by many readers to be his most underrated work, this 1914 novel remains full of import for readers almost a century later... and is still a rollicking good read. In a future Britain where a weirdly “liberal” form of Islam has come to dominate the culture, political schemer Lord Ivywood has set about to ban alcohol. In this fray come boisterous Irishman Patrick Dalroy and English pub owner Humphrey Pump, who set off on a round-the-country tour with their mobile pub, a “flying inn,” in an attempt to undermine the new prohibition.

Outrageous and thoughtful in equal measure, as was Chesterton’s trademark, this is a wickedly witty sendup of political correctness, Puritanism, religious sanctimony, and oppressive laws, as well as a startling depiction of the cultural clash between Eastern spirituality and Western ideals that we’re still contending with today.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781436563505
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2014

    Awsome!!!

    Great book! Chesterton has struck again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Poor OCR, can't read

    Several OCR errors on every page, not worth trying to read in this format

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Humorous but Predictable

    Was Chesterton anti-Semitic? That was my big question after reading this rollocking pastoral adventure. Great vocabulary, colorful characters, and Chesterton's stand-in "genius who's oppressed by all the idiots around him", his favorite recurring trope. It was a fun story, sure, but difficult to digest in the current era.

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