The Man Who Was Thursday

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Bibliolis Books, 2010 - Fiction - 200 pages
1329 Reviews
First published in 1908, The Man Who Was Thursday is often described as a metaphysical thriller, but it goes much deeper than that, as the anarchists are not only in a rebellion with the government, but often with God as well. Set in turn of the century London, Gabriel Syme is part of a secret task force at Scotland Yard, sent undercover to investigate the anarchists. He infiltrates the anarchist's world, meeting an openly anarchist poet, Lucian Gregory, at a party. This meeting sets off a sequence of nightmarish events that will keep you glued to every gripping page of The Man Who Was Thursday.
  

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I loved Chesterton's prose. - Goodreads
Strong start, weak ending. - Goodreads
Very interesting read by a fantastic writer. - Goodreads
Bizarre plot twists. - Goodreads
This book is a great introduction to Chesterton. - Goodreads
Clever storytelling. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kathleen Basi - Goodreads

A rather absurd situation with an ending I found interesting if cryptic. More like an extended fable than a novel. I had trouble losing myself in it, as much as I wanted to love it because it was by Chesterton. Read full review

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User Review  - J. Boo - Goodreads

Hard to classify! Mainly an adventure novel, but with surreal satirical Christian apologetic allegory mixed in. The ending seems to confuse a lot of reviewers, who missed the build-up and perhaps don ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
23
Section 4
36
Section 5
48
Section 6
58
Section 7
68
Section 8
79
Section 9
94
Section 10
112
Section 11
130
Section 12
140
Section 13
159
Section 14
173
Section 15
187
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About the author (2010)

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in London, England, in 1874. He began his education at St Paul's School, and later went on to study art at the Slade School, and literature at University College in London. Chesterton wrote a great deal of poetry, as well as works of social and literary criticism. Among his most notable books are The Man Who Was Thursday, a metaphysical thriller, and The Everlasting Man, a history of humankind's spiritual progress. After Chesterton converted to Catholicism in 1922, he wrote mainly on religious topics. Chesterton is most known for creating the famous priest-detective character Father Brown, who first appeared in "The Innocence of Father Brown." Chesterton died in 1936 at the age of 62.

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