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The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton
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Feb 15, 10

Read from January 28 to February 12, 2010

Chesterton's first novel is framed beautifully on both ends. His mockery the human condition is funny, instructive, and never shrill. The middle portion of the book, however, does get dreary and drag on at times. But it's most definitely worth a read, possibly even for its take on the history of heraldry alone.

Bonus fact: This turn of the century foray is set 80 years after its date of composition, 1904. It was a favorite of Eric Blair, who is supposed to have had a copy with him at his writer's retreat on Jura.

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