I was recently sent a new book called Speed Bump (Tales of the Short Bow)
This book consists of five short interlocking stories which have their inspiration mostly from G. K. Chesterton’s The Napoleon of Notting Hill. The Chesterton novel was about about a tradition-loving suburban London community of the 1880s at war with its modernizing neighbors. This book takes that idea into modern times as a neighborhood works to stop cars speeding through neighborhood. The first story “Speed Bump” sets this up and the plot is escalated through the remaining five stories.
These stories were originally printed in the American Chesterton Society’s Gilbert Magazine
I found the stories reflected the Chesterton wit quite nicely and I was very amused by the stories. The last stories I also see as a commentary on government power and it’s abuse “for the common good”.
Chesterton’s original novel and these stories are quite funny, but they really involve a serious take on subsidiarity and the comic aspects of a neighborhood defending itself should not be as comic if we did not have such a warped sense of government.
Plus being just $0.99 it is a steal at the price, but Kindle format only.