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The Napoleon of Notting Hill

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

1. 00 – Dedication
2. 01 – Book 1 Chapter 1 Introductory Remarks on the Art of Prophecy
3. 02 – Book 1 Chapter 2 The Man in Green
4. 03 – Book 1 Chapter 3 The Hill of Humor
5. 04 – Book 2 Chapter 1 The Charter of the Cities
6. 05 – Book 2 Chapter2 The Council of the Provosts
7. 06 – Book 2 Chapter 3 Enter a Lunatic
8. 07 – Book 3 Chapter 1 The Mental Condition of Adam Wayne
9. 08 – Book 3 Chapter 2 The Remarkable Mr. Turnbull
10. 09 – Book 3 Chapter 3 The Experiment of Mr. Buck
11. 10 – Book 4 Chapter 1 The Battle of the Lamp
12. 11 – Book 4 Chapter 2 The Correspondent of the “Court Journal”
13. 12 – Book 4 Chapter 3 The Great Army of South Kensington
14. 13 – Book 5 Chapter 1 The Empire of Notting Hill
15. 14 – Book 5 Chapter 2 The Last Battle
16. 15 – Book 5 Chapter 3 Two Voices

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Genres

Summary

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.