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The Napoleon of Notting Hill

The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton
By: (1874-1936)

While the novel is humorous (one instance has the King sitting on top of an omnibus and speaking to it as to a horse: “Forward, my beauty, my Arab,” he said, patting the omnibus encouragingly, “fleetest of all thy bounding tribe”), it is also an adventure story: Chesterton is not afraid to let blood be drawn in his battles, fought with sword and halberd in the London streets, and Wayne thinks up a few ingenious strategies; and, finally, the novel is philosophical, considering the value of one man’s actions and the virtue of respect for one’s enemies.

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[Illustration: IN THE DARK ENTRANCE THERE APPEARED A FLAMING FIGURE.]

The Napoleon of Notting Hill

THE NAPOLEON of NOTTING HILL

By GILBERT K. CHESTERTON

With Seven Full Page Illustrations by W. GRAHAM ROBERTSON and a Map of the Seat of War

REV. WILLIAM J. GORMLEY, C. M.

JOHN LANE: THE BODLEY HEAD LONDON & NEW YORK. MDCCCCIV

Copyright in U.S.A., 1904

William Clowes & Sons, Limited, London and Beccles.

TO HILAIRE BELLOC

For every tiny town or place God made the stars especially; Babies look up with owlish face And see them tangled in a tree: You saw a moon from Sussex Downs, A Sussex moon, untravelled still, I saw a moon that was the town's, The largest lamp on Campden Hill.

Yea; Heaven is everywhere at home The big blue cap that always fits, And so it is (be calm; they come To goal at last, my wandering wits), So is it with the heroic thing; This shall not end for the world's end, And though the sullen engines swing, Be you not much afraid, my friend... Continue reading book >>


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