Poking Fun at Islam

The Flying Inn
by G. K. Chesterton
Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, 2001
(320 pages; $10.95, paper)

reviewed by Addison H. Hart

Dover Publications has reprinted what has been called G. K. Chesterton’s most underrated novel. It is not easy to say precisely why this is the case with The Flying Inn, but it seems plausible that the cultural critique presented by Chesterton in this novel of 1913–1914 was soon overtaken by the events of World War I, quickly lessening whatever sense of immediacy it may have exercised initially in the minds of readers.

Whatever the cause, The Flying Inn has often been undeservedly overlooked, . . .

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Addison H. Hart is retired from active ministry as parish priest and university chaplain. He is the author of Knowing Darkness: On Skepticism, Melancholy, Friendship, and God and The Yoke of Jesus: A School for the Soul in Solitude (both from Eerdmans). His forthcoming book is a study of the Sermon on the Mount. He lives and writes in Norheimsund, Norway.

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