The Man Who Was Thursday

A Nightmare

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Man Who Was Thursday
Penguin Putnam
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In a park in London, secret policeman Gabriel Syme strikes up a conversation with an anarchist. Sworn to do his duty, Syme uses his new acquaintance to go undercover in Europe?s Central Anarchist Council and infiltrate their deadly mission, even managing to have himself voted to the position of ?Thursday.?

When Syme discovers another undercover policeman on the Council, however, he starts to question his role in their operations. And as a desperate chase across Europe begins, his confusion grows, as well as his confidence in his ability to outwit his enemies.

But he has still to face the greatest terror that the Council has?its leader: a man named Sunday, whose true nature is worse than Syme could ever have imagined?

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Publisher: London, UK : Penguin Books, 2007
ISBN: 0141033754
Branch Call Number: FIC C
Characteristics: 209 p. ; 19 cm.


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A surreal psychological thriller that centers on seven anarchists in turn-of-the-century London.

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Apr 09, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 11, 2012
  • A440Hz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

May 23, 2012
  • thomasknowlton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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


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Chesterton, G. K., 1874-1936
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