Thursday, August 10, 2006

Great Review of The Flying Inn


  1. I agree, this is a great essay. It's amazing how much more timely many of Chesterton's books are today than when they were first published.

  2. I just read _The Flying Inn_, and was therefore interested to see a review of it--because I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. The review didn't help at all, because it's an unsubtle Procrustean-bed reading of the book from an entirely anachronistic perspective (it might be a good idea to note the Shaw connection, too, regarding the "Superman" aspect). The description of the story itself isn't terribly accurate, and elides lots of oddities in it. The book's ending is, as it were, explicitly ambiguous (was the battle a dream? etc.). The central theme is clearly Ivywood's bland fanaticism and authoritarianism; it isn't much to do with "political correctness" avant la lettre at all.

    Etc. etc.


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