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The Man Who Was Thursday

A Nightmare
Chesterton, G. K., 1874-1936 (Book - 1986 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Man Who Was Thursday
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Authors: Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936
Statement of Responsibility: G.K. Chesterton ; introduction by Kingsley Amis
Title: The man who was Thursday
a nightmare
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin, 1986
Characteristics: 185 p. ; 20 cm.
Notes: Originally published: 1908
ISBN: 0140183884
Branch Call Number: FIC C
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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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