The Man Who Was Thursday
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
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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.
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.