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The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton
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Aug 06, 11

Read from July 10 to August 02, 2011

Set in 1904, Chesterton writes about England in 1980 with static technology. This is a book about those who consider the world as simply a joke and those with unbridled passion for a cause.

King Auberon Quin, appointed by lottery, restores medieval living to England. One man takes the king's proposal to reinstate region pride and staunchly opposes a trans-London road that traverses his county (Notting Hill consists of one to three of London's streets-perhaps 300 people total in the cout=nty).

A war ensues. The young man (aged 19) recruits the NOtting Hillers and fights three battles. The first battle sent a 600 man army bloodied by brilliant tactics. Notting Hill was saved from devastation in a night battle against 1800 men through plunging London into darkness by extinguishing London's gas lamps. The last battle against Notting Hill (against over 5,000) ends in a victory for Notting Hill by taking control of a hill with a water tower and threating to flood the approaching army of 4,000.

Conclusion/moral: The combination of humor and passion will create a balanced person. Pure humor, without cause or meaning, deceived the man of passion into dividing Londoners against themselves on the basis of county differences. The man of passion, without taking a joke, led to the demise of Notting Hill and the death of hundreds.
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