Talk:The Napoleon of Notting Hill

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Claims of influence[edit]

These claims that Gandhi and Michael Collins were influenced by The Napoleon of Notting Hill really need to be substantiated. In the case of Michael Collins, I believe he said somthing about the book, I will try to dig it out.

As far a Gandhi is concerned, on the main Chesterton article there is a different claim that he was influenced by a piece of Chesterton's journalism (as apposed to tNoNH). It really should be established which (if either) of these claims is correct, otherwise they should be removed. Iron Ghost August 5th, 2005

Pearce's biography talks about this novel's influence on Michael Collins, but it doesn't say the novel influenced Gandhi. It does say that an article Chesterton wrote in the Illustrated London News in October 1910 about Indian nationalism affected Gandhi 'profoundly.' Jontveit March 19, 2006

I recall that one of the main themes of this book was the absurd rivalry between neighbourhoods of the same city. It would be good if someone fresher with the material would add it in.-- (talk) 12:39, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

I think the Guardian citation supporting claims that Orwell was influenced by Notting Hill are suspect. The only mention in that article of Notting Hill is that it may have inspired Orwell's selection of 1984 as the title of his book as that is when Notting Hill is set. However, the second chapter of Notting Hill clearly states that the story happens "a hundred years hence," and given that the book was published in 1904, this would suggest that the book is set in 2004, not 1984. --Richaotheterrible (talk) 02:44, 18 September 2009 (UTC)


Gaiman mentions that the book was "hugely informed" his novel Neverwhere here: Can someone who knows how to reference add it in the article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:58, 9 March 2012 (UTC)