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The Napoleon of Notting Hill

by G.K. Chesterton
200 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Victor

Very entertaining and also thought-provoking, but with some violence.

Plot

In a future England, part of a great world empire, kings are chosen at random to rule the country. For the most part they do a very good job, or as good as any of the normal dictators and politicians of the past. However, when Auberon Quin is chosen to be king he issues his charter of the cities and the established system starts to change.

Morality

This book is written somewhat tongue-in-cheek, and the reader will laugh throughout. There is good and bad, but there are no perfect characters. Motives for war are examined.

Spiritual Content

There isn't much spiritual content. There is a discussion about religion, but in broad terms.

Violence

There are several battles and men die. Halberds, fists, tree branches, spears, and swords are some of the weapons used.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Alcohol is used in celebration and with meals, but there is no drunkenness.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Men are put into preposterous circumstances because of a man's ill-planned joke. A man says something is 'hot as hell'.

Conclusion

This is a very funny book, but at the same time has a deeper side that shows how philosophy and circumstance influence our behavior.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: adult

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