The Napoleon of Notting Hill [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Napoleon of Notting Hill

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783655190807
  • Publisher: MVB E-Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Sold by: MVB Marketing
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 461 KB

Meet the Author

Geboren am 29.05.1874 in London; gestorben am 14.06.1936 in Beaconsfield.

Chesterton war der Sohn eines Auktionators. Er besuchte die Kunstschule und arbeitete als Karrikaturist und Journalist. Ab 1900 war er hauptberuflich Schriftsteller. Er heiratete 1901. Chesterton betÃĪtigte sich in allen literarischen Sparten. Bekannt geworden ist er ist er vor allem durch seine Detektivgeschichten des "Father Brown".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2011

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    Review from an Average Reader

    I originally wanted to read this book because I had heard so much about G. K. Chesterton. I had read the Complete Father Brown mysteries many years ago, but now wanted to read something else by him and had to start somewhere. It sounds like I picked a good book of his to begin with, it supposedly being one of his best fiction books. However, I honestly was disappointed. Not because Chesterton was a bad writer and that this was a bad book, but because I am an average reader and had a hard time trying to understand what the writer was saying. Most times, I always had the feeling that I was missing the point altogether. It would probably have been better to read a companion guide to the book or something. I was able to find some inspiring quotes throughout the book, and towards the end, I found myself liking Adam Wayne immensely (I can identify with the character and his love for his hometown in the face of people wanting to come in and ruin the very things that are lovely about it). Good book? Probably. But an average reader (like myself) will have a hard time understanding it unless using a companion guide. I would recommend it to anybody who admires C. S. Lewis (since Lewis admired Chesterton) and those who love high art and literature.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Ridiculously fun.

    Hilarious and sometimes thought-provoking. If you have the right sense of humor, it's lots of fun. Some parts get a little slow, but it's well worth it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Poor OCR not readable

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Give it a try. It seams some people like it.

    I recognized some of the humour but I just couldn't stay interested in this book. Written in turn of the century english with archaic slang and dialectical nuances it just doesn't have any flow to it. I'd much rather read a play in old english than this. And that's saying something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2011

    Great read

    Still holds up

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    oneof chestertons best

    great starting place

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2011

    Chesterton

    Is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2011

    Amazing book

    Holds up very well.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    Great read

    Funny and wise

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2011

    excellent book

    Chesterton is a genius

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    amazing book

    chesterton os awesome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    such an amazing book

    a must read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    amazing read

    funny as well

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    great read

    life affirming

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    great book

    must read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2011

    awesome read

    good book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    awesome book

    fantastic

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2011

    must read

    hilarious and life affirming

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    i love this book

    wonderful read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2011

    good boook

    ccheestteertoon iis theestt

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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