The Man Who Was Thursday

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Bibliolis Books, 2010 - Fiction - 200 pages
846 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

Review: The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

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It starts as an adventure/secret agent novel. It ends as an allegory. It's an abrupt transformation only made possible by Chesterton's break-neck pacing, confident narration, and roughly-dawn ... Read full review

Review: The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

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This is the single most bewildering novel I have ever read. Thought it was gonna be some spooky metaphysical conspiracy thriller book then the storyline became increasingly bizarre and concluded with ... 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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