Joseph Devitt

Joseph Devitt is a graduate from the University of Western Australia, where he recently completed his Bachelor of Commerce. He is a Past President of the UWA Catholic Society and Founding Editor of the Catholic magazine The Road to Emmaus. He is also a generally unsuccessful writer, with two unpublished novels and countless articles and attempts at shorter stories and poems. He is, however, a successful reader.

Book Reviews by Joseph Devitt

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The Napoleon of Notting Hill

Though seemingly crazy, with a little imagination, one can easily appreciate how Chesterton came up with the concept of The Napoleon of Notting Hill. Wandering around a familiar neighbourhood, it is sometimes amusing to think of common surroundings in a situation turned upside down. For Chesterton, his local borough, North Kensington, and its surrounding boroughs, including the eponymous Notting Hill, became the setting for a joke gone too far, where a futuristic king of an apathetic London, creates medieval city-states out of suburbs, with a ‘Charter of the Cities,’ city gates, folk lore, pageantry...

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After the Fall

Fleischmann’s short novel is an ambitious attempt to discuss highly intimate relationships amongst the backdrop of a charged quasi-religious war, while inadvertently celebrating the triumph of virtue and the Catholic faith. The issue, however, is that it’s decidedly not inadvertent and at times entirely convenient how the story winds itself together - so much so, that you are almost hoping for one of the good hearted characters to meet an untimely end. This actually does happen—twice—but even then, it’s packaged so prettily, that it’s still hard to get away from the fact that everythi...

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