The Man Who Was Thursday

The Man Who Was Thursday

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The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare is a novel by G. K. Chesterton, first published in 1908. The book has been referred to as a metaphysical thriller. Although it deals with anarchists, the novel is not an exploration or rebuttal of anarchist thought; Chesterton's ad hoc construction of "Philosophical Anarchism" is distinguished from ordinary anarchism and is referred to several times not so much as a rebellion against government but as a rebellion against God. The novel has been described as "one of the hidden hinges of twentieth-century writing, the place where, before our eyes, the nonsense-fantastical tradition of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear pivots and becomes the nightmare-fantastical tradition of Kafka and Borges."
Publisher: [United States] : Sheba Blake Publishing : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
ISBN: 9781304757401
1304757404
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Tabaqui
Mar 15, 2017

Wow! This book is just amazing! I thought one thing was true, and the exact opposite was the actual truth. This book made me think about society and judgment in a new way. Of course, there were also some very funny scenes with the detectives, but I shall say no more for fear of spoilers. I would recommend this book VERY highly for anyone who is looking for a thoughtful and thought-provoking story.

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Janice21383
Jan 25, 2016

Not so much a nightmare as a pipe dream. The Man Who Was Thursday has some of the wit and 19th/early 20th century daring-do I have a weakness for. And, admittedly, anarchism was a legitimate fear at the time -- although given the year it was published (1908), it would have been more relevant to fear not future disorder, but present order. Chesterton's anarchists are a gallery of English conservative (to be fair, most of the population's) bugbears: the intellectual, the Jew, the scientist, the foreigner, the uppity working class man, (if I read him correctly) the homosexual, and above all, the atheist. More importantly, and what i would have thought was obvious at the time, Chesterton tries to have it both ways -- the anarchists are ruthless, well organized, and dangerous, AND amazingly stupid and credulous. If you want more story and less propaganda, try Joseph Conrad, Erskine Childers, or John Buchan.

KateHillier Apr 09, 2014

The snark in this book alone is worth the price of admission. Deadpan delivery, creative Edwardian insults and/or directives. It's great fun to read even if you don't particularly like the tale, though the tale itself is great fun.

A poet meets an anarchist in a park, the poet says the anarchist isn't a real anarchist and is then taken to an underground council of anarchists on the promise that the poet won't tell the police. After eliciting a similar promise from the anarchist, the poet reveals that he is actually a policeman and then proceeds to get himself elected to the council and inherits the title of "Thursday" - all of the council members are called by a day of the week and are led by Sunday.

The whole book is also strangely applicable today and the twist here may not surprise you but it will certainly remind you of a few things you may have read in the news over the past few years.

If you're into espionage, police fiction, philosophy (specifically 'philosopher policemen') you'll love this. It's a quick read so it'll be over before you know if but you'll still be thinking about it long afterwards.

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A440Hz
Nov 11, 2012

a good and funny look at how the times aren't really changing.

thomasknowlton May 23, 2012

During July 2012, read & discuss this book online as part of Mystery Summer: http://bit.ly/mysterysummer

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Jan 25, 2017

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