The Man Who Was Thursday
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
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.
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!
A great read full of mystery and absurdity
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.