The Flying Inn

The Flying Inn An exuberant man as well as a prolific and gifted writer G K Chesterton was a man with very strong opinions and extremely capable of defending them In this hilarious satirical romp Cheste

  • Title: The Flying Inn
  • Author: G.K. Chesterton
  • ISBN: 9780486419107
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • An exuberant man as well as a prolific and gifted writer, G K Chesterton 1874 1936 was a man with very strong opinions and extremely capable of defending them In this hilarious, satirical romp, Chesterton demonstrates his intense distrust of power and progressives, railing against Prohibition, vegetarianism, theosophy, and other dreary and oppressive forces of mAn exuberant man as well as a prolific and gifted writer, G K Chesterton 1874 1936 was a man with very strong opinions and extremely capable of defending them In this hilarious, satirical romp, Chesterton demonstrates his intense distrust of power and progressives, railing against Prohibition, vegetarianism, theosophy, and other dreary and oppressive forces of modernity.In a spirited response to the government s attempt to curtail alcohol sales, Humphrey Pump called Hump a pub owner in the fishing village of Pebblewick takes to the road in a donkey cart Accompanied by Captain Patrick Dalroy, a crimson haired giant with a tendency to burst into song, Hump provisions the cart with a cask of good rum, a giant round of cheese, and the signpost from his pub, The Flying Inn Together, the two men extend good cheer to an increasingly restless populace as they attempt to evade Prohibition In a journey that becomes a rollicking madcap adventure, the two travel round England, encountering revolution, romance, and a cast of memorable characters.Sure to receive an enthusiastic welcome from Chesterton fans, this new edition of an old classic will also appeal to anyone who enjoys a humorous, well crafted tale.

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    1. Yep. Chesterton again. Manic-depressive bastard that I am, I love his work and Joseph Conrad’s equally. Chesterton’s thinking is very similar to mine when I’m hypomanic, while Conrad’s is similar to mine when I endure depressive and "mixed" episodes. This book is a thoroughly enjoyable, manic romp across Chesterton’s rich, ever-optimistic mental landscape.A more mature work than The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Flying Inn is an examination (and indictment) of authoritarianism and prog [...]

    2. Definite mixed emotions on picking up this one: eager to read, but trembling a tad at the prospect.Reading one hundred year old novels about the clash of cultures is something that will generally make your liberal leaning twenty-first century man (that’s me, by the way) quake with nerves. The world has moved so far in the last hundred years, what’s accepted in society is so different. So while reading a novel from 1914, there’s the good possibility that in amongst the plot, the characters [...]

    3. An odd book. Chesterton's an amazing proser, and his books are pretty much always delightful from a using-the-english-language point of view. And there's a lot to like about this book, which is sort of a love letter to alcohol and the Traditional English folk who drink it. There is much silliness and romping around with a keg of rum and a giant wheel of cheese. There are many rollicking songs to sing while rolling said keg of rum down the road. But there's also a darkness to the book, a deep anx [...]

    4. Didn't really know how to rate this. There's some fantastic Chestertonian wit (the satirical account of Hibbs However's journalistic style is hilarious and still pertinent today), some lusty, loveable, eccentric characters and, whatever I think about other ideological elements in the books, it's hard not to admire, in a general sense, Chesterton's championing of individual liberties.Butis is probably one of the most racist books I have ever read. I know Chesterton was of another age and is hardl [...]

    5. Chesterton's writing is too big for his books as he maintains an extra storyline or two and suffuses the narrative with poems, but he remains Chesterton, and such trivial flaws are quickly forgiven. This story was particularly amusing, as inns and pubs, really any place that serves alcohol, are closed down as the Muslim religion conquests ideologically through England. A wildly Chestertonian character and a common Britisher band together to exploit a loophole in the law, bringing Christian rum a [...]

    6. This is Chesterton at his best. In this book, one century ahead of his time, he foresees the current garrulousness about "an open and inter-religious education, rather than an exclusivist and intolerant religious indoctrination."He also foresees correctly the attempt to introduce Islam in Europe, if not as a full-fledged religious option, at least as a weapon to attack Christianity.But the people revolution that saves England from the post-modernist politically-correct stunt is little credible. [...]

    7. The main summary of this book fails to mention its chief feature ! It takes place in a Britain which has become part of the Ottoman Empire. As this makes it a Muslim country, it has a certain relevance today, presumably never dreamed of by the author (who was trying to make various other points through this unlikely situation).

    8. Fun and prescientIn a world gone mad, two drunk friends decide to save the world with a keg and a barsign. The best way to fight the tyrrany is with a cultural revolution, or at least a drunken spin. The reason it is so prescient is that Chesterton foresaw the queer alliance between the political left and what he calls 'the orient' but what we would understand to be Islam and Buddhism. Written before prohibition, it is eerily prophetic. Chesterton foresaw the bizarre alliance between feminism, l [...]

    9. "We must not ask them to make a cross on their ballot papers; for though it seems a small thing, it may offend them. So I brought in a little bill to make it optional between the old-fashioned cross and an upward curved mark that might stand for a crescent -- and as it's rather easier to make, I believe it will be generally adopted."And so go the various projects in this rollicking and fantastical tale of Dalroy and Pump and their "flying inn," which flies against newly-legislated temperance law [...]

    10. The first half dragged rather, but once they had dealt with the man who watered the milk then the book caught fire and felt typical Chesterton. And what can be better than that? There are plenty of his wonderful descriptions of skies - no-one can make you see a sunset like him. The hero Dalroy is excellently realised, the women are more differentiated than usual, and the issues raised in the fantastical plot are as relevant today.But, I regret to say, the charges against Chesterton of anti-Semit [...]

    11. Like Atlas Shrugged, this is a polemical piece intended to show the rightness of Chestertons's philosophy, through a parodic, dystopian view of his beloved country. Unlike Rand though, Chesterton makes his antagonist initially believable and clever and his protagonist preternaturally witty and wise - and suffuses the entire book with his delicacy of language and humour. For that reason, the sections that are great - his poetry and songs about England, the romps across Southern England, the short [...]

    12. Not my favorite Chesterton novel, it was somewhat tedious at parts, but it's still packed with all the philosophical riot that we know and love.

    13. G.K. Chesterton is one of the greatest Catholic authors, not just of the 20th century, but possibly ever. He wrote drama, poetry, mysteries, and theological works. Some of his most famous works include Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man, and my personal favorite the Father Brown series. I was recently introduced to a work of his that I had never heard of before called The Flying Inn. It was originally published in 1914 and was reprinted by Ignatius Press.The story takes place in England, but not the [...]

    14. For some moments Joan appeared to be in a blacker state of brooding than usual; then she said, in a candid and friendly tone, which somehow contrasted with her knit and swarthy brows— "No, really. At least I think I've only found out two things; and they are only things about myself. I've discovered that I do like heroism, but I don't like hero worship.""Surely," said Miss Browning, in the Girton manner, "the one always flows from the other.""I hope not," said Joan."But what else can you do wi [...]

    15. I saw this book on a friend's GoodReads list and decided that since I like Chesterton I'd give it a try. As a bonus, since Chesterton's works are in the public domain, I was able to get the book free of charge (and you can too!). So there really is no excuse for not cozying up with a little G. K. Chesterton.To add to my bonus, I scored an audiobook from LibriVox. If you are Please finish reading this review on my website: wetalkofholythings/201

    16. I typically love Chesterton. This book didn't appeal to me. The best description I can think of is that it feels like an unintentional parody of his other writing.

    17. Конечно, если "Перелётный кабак" и реализм, то сатирически развёрнутый до масштабов фантастики - всё-таки, предположение, что в Британской Империи найдётся влиятельная сила, которая начнёт исподволь перекраивать жизнь Метрополии по лекалам Империи Османской - настолько, ч [...]

    18. The main problem with this book is that the author is very clever, and likes to show it. He also has strong political, religious and philosophical views which are not necessarily widely shared, and he wants to propagate them. This leads to a certain amount of straw-manning. Characters can't be just characters, they have to be types, standing for everyone who shares a particular characteristic with them. It took me a long time to finish listening to the book (I got it from Librivox), because I ju [...]

    19. To quote GKC,"Before the Roman came to Rye or out to Severn strode, The rolling English drunkard made the rolling English road. A reeling road, a rolling road, that rambles round the shire, And after him the parson ran, the sexton and the squire. A merry road, a mazy road, and such as we did tread That night we went to Birmingham by way of Beachy Head. "I knew no harm of Bonaparte and plenty of the Squire, And for to fight the Frenchmen I did not much desire; But I did bash their baggonets becau [...]

    20. An amusing work of fiction by Chesterton, in plot quite similar to The Ball and the Cross. The latter work focuses on atheism vs. Christianity, while The Flying Inn takes on numerous superficial modern fads, to include the Western infatuation with its own (mis)understanding of Islam. That latter point makes the book a bit more relevant today than it might otherwise be. One has to wonder if Chesterton knew how to write fiction that doesn't involve likeable rascals on the run from police, since th [...]

    21. It's a great, boisterous tale centered on the pride of England and remaining true to British roots. That's well and good, but the antagonists — a power-mongering lord who delights in the defeat of men, and a thumbsucking Middle Eastern madman-turned-prophet — begin to put an anti-Semitic sheen over the whole story. And I'm not sure the story would benefit from some other minority/foreign group being slid into place; anyone would look pretty bad, and the revised ethnic slurs wouldn't improve [...]

    22. Not Chesterton's best story ever, and he resorts a little too much to describing characters and waiting for us to recognize them instead of just calling them by name. Nevertheless it's a very Chestertonesque story fully in favor of enjoying the good things of life. In the face of conniving prohibitionists, a select few must take action to save the right to drink. The best parts are when we get Chesterton's philosophy filtering through the story. Those snippets of wisdom make it all worthwhile. N [...]

    23. not my favourite from this author and I'm guessing if you ate new to him this might not be the best place to start had an interesting enough plot with prohibition being forced on Britain due to a move towards the Islamic faith and offered lots of scope and comic potential around thisunfortunately I don't think this was realised within this book an instead you end up with a wordy ponderous book lots of ways I felt the book was too clever for its own good it is well written but I just feel for all [...]

    24. I wish I understood more of what I thought about this book so that I could communicate it properly. It was a fun book, and there were many scenes and characters that I enjoyed quite a bit. Chesterton did make some great points throughout the book. However, I did not agree with the way the book glorified drinking. Also, Chesterton takes little more than a single page to wrap up the entire book, and that one page was so vague and confusing that I'm still trying to figure out what happened. So ther [...]

    25. Highly recommended. Another wise work of Chesterton. In this book he gives a deep analysis of religion and traditions, while describing a fun story full of adventures and unexpected passages. This is also an easy book to read, unlike The Man Who Was Thursday, I didn't have to go back and re-read some parts of it. I think Chesterton was able to picture patriotism and standing for one's principles, even when the law says otherwise.

    26. Qué libro más extraño. No sabía nada de él, pero decidí leerlo por los buenos comentarios de la gente. En mi opinión, se trata de una obra soporífera, completamente anticuada. Creo que no ha envejecido tan bien como otras obras de la época.Este libro nos presenta una crítica social y política de finales del siglo XIX de Gran Bretaña, con toques humorísticos y pinceladas de filosofía. Creo que puede interesarle a un historiador o antropólogo que se encuentre vinculado con este tema [...]

    27. Chesterton has always fascinated me with everything from his insightful quotes to his tremendous influence upon C.S. Lewis however I must admit ~ trudging thru the antiquated "proper" English was like trying to read Jane Eyre on a full stomach thru the middle of the night after running a marathona challenge. There is much more to this book than I absorbed so I had to bail (thus the no stars) but in the words of MacArthur; "I shall return."

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