Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The Napoleon of Notting Hill

The Napoleon of Notting Hill, like so many Chesterton novels, deftly straddles the fence between humor and philosophy. The place is London, in the far-future year of 1984. Inexplicably, not too much has changed since the turn of the century — except that the king is chosen at random. Things quickly take a turn for the worse when the people randomly select an imbecile who only cares about a good joke.
With the new prankster king in place, the novel continues on with surprisingly action-packed breeziness, exploring themes of identity, patriotism, politics, and government.
201 printed pages
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  • Aleksandra Dovgaiahas quoted2 years ago
    If you look at a thing nine hun­dred and ninety-nine times, you are per­fectly safe; if you look at it the thou­sandth time, you are in fright­ful danger of see­ing it for the first time.
  • Дмитрий Кувшиновhas quoted4 years ago
    What a farce is this mod­ern lib­er­al­ity! Free­dom of speech means prac­tic­ally, in our mod­ern civil­isa­tion, that we must only talk about un­im­port­ant things. We must not talk about re­li­gion, for that is il­liberal; we must not talk about bread and cheese, for that is talk­ing shop; we must not talk about death, for that is de­press­ing; we must not talk about birth, for that is in­del­ic­ate. It can­not last.
  • Дмитрий Кувшиновhas quoted4 years ago
    The gro­cer sat for some little while, with dim eyes and his mouth open, look­ing rather like a fish.
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