Posted from Wikipedia - 06/22/10 The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare is a novel by G. K. Chesterton, first published in 1908. The book is sometimes referred to as a metaphysical thriller. Its importance was recognized in its … see full wiki
If you have read Chesterton's stunningly prescient and relevant Heretics (see my review here) first, you might read this novel, as I did, as an extended allegorical example of Heresy in action. When Chesterton was writing Thursday, the heresy of his day was anarchism, like the terrorism of our century. So "Thursday" was actually Gabriel Syme, an undercover policeman elected to one of seven seats on a top-secret worldwide council of anarchists, … more
This novel is my favorite fictional work by Mr. Chesterton. For those readers familiar with and fond of his epigrammatic style, you will find The Man Who Was Thursday to be no less quotable or clever. However, in addition to his usual wit, Chesterton displays a keen control of plot and suspense in this novel. An odd, hard to classify tale, The Man Who Was Thursday is part spy thriller, part philosophical dialogue, part farce, and finally part fantasy. Regardless of its protean genre, … more
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