A group of anarchists dedicated to overthrowing the world order are under surveillance by Scotland Yard, and Detective Gabriel Syme must infiltrate their ranks. Dreamlike, prophetic, and funny, "The Man Who Was Thursday" is a fast-moving and surreal boys' own detective story, and a highly anarchic take on anarchy.Widely considered Chesterton's ...Read MoreA group of anarchists dedicated to overthrowing the world order are under surveillance by Scotland Yard, and Detective Gabriel Syme must infiltrate their ranks. Dreamlike, prophetic, and funny, "The Man Who Was Thursday" is a fast-moving and surreal boys' own detective story, and a highly anarchic take on anarchy.Widely considered Chesterton's masterpiece, "The Man Who Was Thursday" (subtitled "A Nightmare" by Chesterton) is firmly rooted in its time and place - a phantasmagoric turn-of-the-century London where police are poets and anarchists abound. Our hero, Police Detective (and poet) Gabriel Syme, is chosen by Scotland Yard to undertake a top secret undercover mission: he must infiltrate the Central European Council of Anarchists. Each of the seven-member Council goes by the name of a weekday, and Syme himself is elected 'Thursday'. Syme must avoid discovery, undo his new colleagues, and save the world. But the further he is drawn into this world beyond humanity, the more he fears the worst - what if the council are on the side of right?Read Less
New. This item is printed on demand. An unabridged edition, to include: The Unusual Soire-The Anarchists' Council-The Tale of a Detective-The Feast of Fear-The Exposure-The Unaccountable Conduct of Professor de Worms-The Man in Spectacles-The Du.
Not being a scholar, I need to do more research on Chesterton and this is another reason why I like to read so much. It's a gripping story, thoroughly enjoyable though very dark at times. But again, I need to research/look at commentaries of this book by those who have studied it but it wouldn't keep me from recommending it to others.
Jul 7, 2011
Deeper than it first seems.
It is a metaphysical, phantasmagoric, paradoxical novel. Every English major should read it.
Feb 26, 2009
This book starts out with the promise of an excellent spy thriller. Unfortunately, it doesn't take long for it to descend into farcical tomfoolery. The genre I'd assign this book to is magical realism (if that's a legitimate category), and while there is indeed some obvious Christian symbolism, the bulk of the novel is spent in slightly humorous British dialogue and rather childish bumbling around. Think of "Get Smart" without Agent 99.
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