The Man Who Was Thursday

The Man Who Was Thursday

Publisher: Penguin Books
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Format: Paperback
Pages: 181
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G.K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday is a thrilling novel of deception, subterfuge, double-crossing and secret identities, and this Penguin Classics edition is edited with an introduction by Matthew Beaumont. The Central Anarchist Council is a secret society sworn to destroy the world. The council is governed by seven men, who hide their identities behind the names of the days of the week. Yet one of their number - Thursday - is not the revolutionary he claims to be, but a Scotland Yard detective named Gabriel Syme, sworn to infiltrate the organisation and bring the architects of chaos to justice. But when he discovers another undercover policeman on the Council, Syme begins to question his role in their operations. And as a desperate chase across Europe begins, his confusion grows, as well as his confidence in his ability to outwit his enemies, unravelling the mysteries of human behaviour and belief in a thrilling contest of wits. But he has still to face the greatest terror that the Council has: a man named Sunday, whose true nature is worse than Syme could ever have imagined ... In his introduction, Matthew Beaumont examines the book's themes of identity and confrontation, and explores its intriguing title. 
G. K. Chesterton:
G. K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was a prolific English journalist and author best known for his mystery series featuring the priest-detective Father Brown and for the metaphysical thriller The Man Who Was Thursday. Baptized into the Church of England, Chesterton underwent a crisis of faith as a young man and became fascinated with the occult. He eventually converted to Roman Catholicism and published some of Christianity's most influential apologetics, including Heretics and Orthodoxy.

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Riley Winter
Incredible Chestertonian Wonderland!

This book is a veritable Chestertonian rendition of Alice in Wonderland; filled with all the wit and humor of his essays, yet the increasingly mad undertones flesh out the mysterious plot. Both a great introduction to Chesterton and a delightful read for long time fans, I would highly recommend this novel!

Bob Lazar
Absurdity at its best

A great read full of mystery and absurdity

A beautiful mystery

In keeping with Chesterton's writings, both fiction and nonfiction, The Man Who Was Thursday is a delightful read. True to its subtitle: "A Nightmare", it tells the reader a strange and otherworldly story that is at once puzzling and consoling. To anyone interested in getting to know Chesterton's longer works (although this one is less than 200 pages), I would say this is the best place to start.

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