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The Napoleon of Notting Hill By G. K. Chesterton

The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

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G.K. Chesterton's first novel is set in late-20th-century London, a city of gaslamps and horse-drawn vehicles, but no longer a seat of democratic government. Its new king turns the boroughs into medieval city states, and the provost of Notting Hill takes up arms in defence of his territory.

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The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

His robes were red, according to the King's heraldry, and alone among the Provosts he was girt with a great sword. This was Adam Wayne, the intractable Provost of Notting Hill.' 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 or an aesthete and even more of a joker, becomes king. Purely for his own entertainment he transforms the boroughts 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. This book is intended for students of English literature, especially of the Edwardian novel, from A level up.

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The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton
Used - Very Good
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