Part comedy, part adventure, part social commentary, this
astonishing tale of tomorrow explores the essence of human
Published in 1904, G. K. Chesterton’s debut novel is set eighty
years in the future. Technology and social mores remain the same,
but the England of 1984 boasts a government in which ineffectual
kings are selected at random from an otherwise apathetic populace
that has “lost faith in revolutions.” The political system hits a
snag when Auberon Quin is selected as the next monarch. More joker
than potentate, Quin amuses himself by installing a series of laws
and bizarre customs that inflate civic pomp and circumstance to
laughable proportions. These policies inevitably put Quin, a leader
who does not believes in any of his dictums, on a collision course
with his most earnest supporter: Adam Wayne, otherwise known as the
Napoleon of Notting Hill.
A favorite among scholars and critics, The Napoleon of Notting
Hill showcases the eclectic wit and unorthodox intellect that
established Chesterton as one of the twentieth century’s most
influential and far-reaching thinkers.
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