Thursday, 14 August 2008

The Napoleon of Notting Hill

The Official Blurb

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.

My Review

If your looking for a slowish paced story that will bring a wry smile to your face and keep it there, then this is the story for you.

As the blurb states is has its bizarre moments, but they all fit into theme of the story. I was quite interested to find London broken up into seperate countries waring with each other ... with halbards!

I think of this story as a relaxing Sunday afternoon listen. Worth queueing up on you Ipod or computer when in a relaxed mood, perhaps a glass of wine ready at your side?

Reading 2/3
Production 2/3
Story 2/3

Total Score 6/9

This book is available from Librivox.

An audio promo for this book.