The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

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The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

The Man Who Was Thursday A Nightmare Back Matter The Man Who was Thursday is not quite a political bad dream nor a metaphysical thriller nor a cosmic joke in the form of a spy novel but it has something of all three remains the most t

  • Title: The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare
  • Author: G.K. Chesterton
  • ISBN: 9780140000955
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Back Matter The Man Who was Thursday is not quite a political bad dream, nor a metaphysical thriller, nor a cosmic joke in the form of a spy novel, but it has something of all three remains the most thrilling book I have ever read Kingsley Amis This hilarious extravaganza presumes the existence of a secret society of revolutionaries sworn to destroy the world TheBack Matter The Man Who was Thursday is not quite a political bad dream, nor a metaphysical thriller, nor a cosmic joke in the form of a spy novel, but it has something of all three remains the most thrilling book I have ever read Kingsley Amis This hilarious extravaganza presumes the existence of a secret society of revolutionaries sworn to destroy the world There are seven members of the Central Anarchist Council, who, for reasons of security, call themselves by the days of the week Sunday, Monday so on But events soon cast a doubt upon their real identities, for Thursday is not the passionate young poet he appears to be but a Scotland Yard detective Who what are the others Chesterton unravels the fantasy in his own inventive exuberant way and then uses this nightmare of paradox surprise to probe the mysteries of human behavior belief.

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    1. Chris on said:

      I lost my backpack thanks to this book.It was years and years ago, probably my first winter in Japan, and I'd picked up this book at Maruzen. I had heard about Chesterton, mainly from the dedication page of Pratchett and Gamian's Good Omens ("The authors would like to join the demon Crowley in dedicating this book to the memory of G.K. Chesterton. A man who knew what was going on.") and the title looked weird enough to be entertaining. So, I was reading the book on the train, as I often do, and [...]

    2. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum on said:

      "Η Βίβλος διδάσκει να αγαπάμε τον πλησίον μας. Να αγαπάμε και τον εχθρό μας. Πιθανότατα επειδή πρόκειται για τα ίδια άτομα".
G. K. Chesterton. "Ο άνθρωπος που τον έλεγαν Πέμπτη",είναι μια παραβολή αποδόμησης της πραγματικότητας. Μια ιστορία μυθοπλασίας με καυστική ειρωνεία,χιούμορ, [...]

    3. Paul Bryant on said:

      They say that LSD was first synthesisterised in 1938, so it couldn't be that. But opium was imbibed in British society as we know from Thomas de Quincy up to Sherlock Holmes, so I'm going with opium.This strange novel is a phantasmagoria which begins as a surrealistic spoof of Boy's-Own detective adventures in which our hero infiltrates the central council of the evil anarchists who are bent on destroying human society. Gathering more absurd elements (elephant chases through central London, medi [...]

    4. Dan Schwent on said:

      The Man Who Was Thursday reads like P.G. Wodehouse writing from a Phillip K. Dick plot while on a Nyquil bender. It begins with two poets arguing in the park about whether poetry is more akin to law or anarchy. It turns out that the poet espousing anarchy is actually a member of an anarchist soceity and takes Syme, the other poet, to their meeting place to prove it after a vow of secrecy. Syme is actually a member of an anti-anarchy branch of Scotland Yard and usurps Gregory's spot as the new Th [...]

    5. Praj on said:

      ‘Humanity crushed once again’. ‘50 dead, 120 injured’. ‘Grave face of terror strikes again’. Familiar headlines scream through the pages of the newspapers each time a bomb goes off annihilating blameless lives. Through teeth gritting resilience, public outcry resonates through the deafened ears of failed intelligence and faith in the state’s law and order hangs by a thin string. As the weeks pass by rapid sketches of the alleged bombers, email links, forensic reports, collected evi [...]

    6. Lyn on said:

      What…?What the hell did I just read?Anarchists and poets. That part was deliciously, rebelliously fun to read. No doubt this is a novel idea and Chesterton’s imagination is superb. The first 30-40 pages were awesome and I thought this could be my next 5 star rating. As I began to read this book enthralled; I found myself smiling frequently, laughing often, and being thoroughly impressed.Then I found myself lost in an absurdist, magical realism murky realm of steam punk whatthehell???And then [...]

    7. PattyMacDotComma on said:

      2★Loved the language and loved the beginning. It’s like a mad Monty Python story, but it lost me half way through. And to be fair, the Python crew, Terry Pratchett and others may well have been weaned on tales from Chesterton, so perhaps he should get more credit.The main character, Syme, is a detective who is invited to a secret meeting of anarchists who are preparing to overthrow governments using bombs. He promises Gregory, the man who invited him, not to divulge anything of what he says. [...]

    8. Paquita Maria Sanchez on said:

      Boy, this was really good until it wasn't at all anymore. An intriguing story which suddenly turned into some sort of muddled message about patriotism? Capitalism? Christianity? Anarchy? Communism? The soul of all mankind? How redheads are hot and god is fat? Don't know, don't care.Blah. Skip it.

    9. Nancy on said:

      A very original, wonderfully quirky, thought-provoking little book about an English detective who infiltrates a group of anarchists. Part fantasy, part mystery, part philosophical, lots of Christian symbolism that is not apparent until later in the book, but you don't have to be a Christian to enjoy it. There is so much going on here that I will have to reread it at some point.

    10. Matthias on said:

      This book is on my favorite shelf but was missing a review, even though I loved it from the very first time I encountered it.* Time to set things straight."The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare" is a unique book, that starts as a spy novel with a very compelling premise of underground anarchists, a mysterious police force and a game of hide-and-seek. Pretty early on there's shimmers of philosophical ramblings that will grow into an overpowering element later in the book. A table in a bar that tu [...]

    11. Jonathan Terrington on said:

      The Man Who Was Thursday is my first venture into the writing of G.K. Chesterton having discovered the existence of this writer earlier in the year. Of course the first I heard of him was in reference to his Father Brown stories, one volume of which I have on my to read stack. I then heard that his most recognised book is this one, so naturally I organised to read it.The Man Who Was Thursday is truly a classic detective tale, yet it is also an allegory. I didn't realise the book was an allegory [...]

    12. Yousra on said:

      ياللغرابة!! :)تناولت هذه الرواية من رف المكتبة وأمسكت بها متكاسلة عن القراءة بسبب تأخر الوقت وكوني قلقة جدا ومصابة بالصداع إلا أنني لا أستطيع النوم انهيت التعريف بالكاتب ثم بدأت في قراءة الرواية لأفاجأ بأنني لا أستطيع تركها من فرط الإستمتاع :)لا أعلم لماذا تمثل لي كلا من أنور [...]

    13. Laura on said:

      The question "What is your favorite book?" has always been impossible for me to answer, but this is the only book I have ever felt comfortable defaulting to. I've read it at least a half a dozen times since I discovered a copy of it in a used bookstore when I was in middle school; I will probably reread it a dozen more in the next ten years. I get something different out of it every time I reread it.The story itself makes no sense, until you come back to the subtitle: A Nightmare. Like a dream, [...]

    14. Fernando on said:

      Nueva relectura en lo que va del año. Había leído esta novela hace cuatro años atrás y tenía un vago recuerdo de ella. Sólo sabía que se trataba de anarquistas y del peculiar personaje principal, el poeta Gabriel Syme.Realmente me resultó gratamente entretenida. Su acción es constante y yo la considero una verdadera novela de aventuras en donde nada es lo que parece y los constantes giros de los acontecimientos hace que el lector esté atento a lo que pueda llegar a venir.Cada situaci [...]

    15. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      This is my first book by G. K. Chesterton (1874-1036) and I am very much impressed. This is one of the classic books included in the 501 Must-Read Books so I bought it three years ago but I only read this now because a good friend wanted to borrow this book.This is a story of a undercover detective called Syme who joins Europe's Central Anarchist Council to infiltrate and fight against the growing anarchist movement. The central council members are named after the days of the week so when Syme j [...]

    16. Apatt on said:

      I finished this book on Thursday September 26, 2013. Coincidence? Fortuitous? Ironic? Or just plain irrelevant?I went into this book without any inkling of what it is about . All I know is that it is by G.K. Chesterton, the author of Father Brown the priestly super sleuth. The main reason I decided to read it is that the free Librivox audiobook version comes highly recommended. Librivox audiobooks are all free but the quality is variable, if you want to find which titles are the good ones Google [...]

    17. Jason Pettus on said:

      (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter].)The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelThis week: The Man Who Was Thursday (1908), by GK Chesterton#4 in this essay seriesThe story in a nutshell:Part detective tale, part absurdist comedy, The Man Who Was Thursday tells the story of poet and intellectual Gabriel Syme, living in the bohemian London neighborhood of S [...]

    18. Hadrian on said:

      Welp.This started off as a charming and fast-paced mystery story, and went completely fantastical/nuts by the end. Reminded me a bit of the Temptation of Saint Anthony combined with Kafka. As if PKD was plopped down in Victorian England and told to write a story before his drugs kicked in.I've always liked G. K. Chesteron - for distributism, for fighting eugenics, etc. As it turns out, he's also a very charming writer. I'm glad to become more acquainted with him.

    19. Hugo on said:

      "Há uma sociedade secreta de anarquistas que nos persegue como se fôssemos lebres. Não estou a falar de um grupo de pobres loucos capazes de atirar aqui ou ali uma bomba, impelidos pela fome ou pela filosofia alemã, mas de uma igreja rica, poderosa e fanática, uma igreja de pessimistas orientais, que considera ter por dever sagrado destruir o género humano como quem destrói um verme." (p. 121)Publicado em 1908, com o subtítulo Um Pesadelo, O Homem Que Era Quinta-Feira apresenta um mundo [...]

    20. Jeannette Nikolova on said:

      Also available on the WondrousBooks blogHOLD "The Man Who Was High". Once you've read this book, you'll know. My boyfriend, with whom I buddy-read it, and I discussed the topic and settled on opium (because it was written on the pre-LSD times)."The Marquis had taken off his nose and turned out to be a detective."That is to say, I did enjoy this book. The rating here is very subjective and it was calculated on the basis of how much I enjoyed it vs. how much it has influenced me and whether it did [...]

    21. Jason on said:

      A rollicking, jolly good adventure. This bit of classic spy fiction is whimsical, lively, and tad farcical. Our protagonist, Gabriel Syme, is an honorable poet that is nothing if not respectable and respecting of the rule of law. Being such a virtuous specimen, Syme is recruited by law-enforcement and so endeavors to infiltrate an anarchist society and do what he can to protect the values he holds dear against this subversive lot, but doing so gets him into quite the spiraling nightmare situatio [...]

    22. Seemita on said:

      What a taut thriller! This exquisite metaphysical thriller went with the breakneck speed of a man on a mission, which pretty much was what the story was about. The chapters are so well etched that I forgot at various points that there indeed is a central character (in this case, Syme). But much before I reached the last page, I realized that Chesterton has pulled off a beauty by awarding ALL characters, centre-stage. Not an easy task in a thriller, where the consequences of few people's action f [...]

    23. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      ”A man’s brain is a bomb,” he cried out, loosening suddenly his strange passion and striking his own skull with violence. “My brain feels like a bomb, night and day. It must expand! It must expand! A man’s brain must expand, if it breaks up the universe.”Gabriel Syme attends a dinner party of his friend, the poet Lucian Gregory. He is there under a pretense of friendship, but his true intention is to find out if his friend can be his entry into joining a group of anarchists. You see, [...]

    24. Duane on said:

      Religious and philosophical messages in novels usually go over my head, or maybe I absorb them sub-consciously, I don't know. This book has them, so they say; most of Chesterton's books do I believe. I read it because it's on Guardian's list of 1,000 books to read before you die. I'll never finish that list, but I use it to browse for interesting books to read. I haven't told you much about the book yet because frankly, I couldn't make much of it. It seems to be a dream the protagonist was havin [...]

    25. Stef Rozitis on said:

      Ok so I didn't hate it, at times I could almost have been said to be enjoying myself in the midst of this pointless, grandiose, waffling, pompous and from my 2015 point of view predictable romp to nowhere (not really a spoiler). I know Chesterton from the Father Brown series and I wasn't expecting him to pass the Bechdel test or anything and I knew to expect weird sort of conservative Christiany-slanted metaphysics and philosophy. It gets two stars because it avoided being as hard-core right win [...]

    26. JonathanT on said:

      Basically I'm completely and totally confused as to what happened to who and why it happened to whomever it happened to. There was A LOT going on here. I kept getting all the characters confused, except for Syme. And I understood nothing really haha. It felt more like philosophy than fiction. The subtitle is 'a nightmare', and it fits. This has a very dream-like, surreal quality, but it didn't make much sense to me. Plus it was sort of dark and creepy and yet not at the same time? IDK GUYS I'M T [...]

    27. James on said:

      More than one hundred years ago in 1908 Gilbert Keith Chesterton wrote a mysterious fantasy called The Man Who Was Thursday. Sixty years later while I was a student at The University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin I discovered this wonderful book. More recently I attended a stage adaptation by Chicago's New Leaf Theatre Company the satire about a man who finds himself tapped by Scotland Yard to infiltrate a council of anarchists. The unique qualities that fascinated me as a college student r [...]

    28. Julie Davis on said:

      Discussed on SFFaudio podcast, episode 459, with Jesse, Paul, and Bryan.I've meant to read this for some time but, since I find Chesterton's novels the most difficult of his writing, needed a push. That came in the form of upcoming participation in a SSFaudio podcast episode.This grabbed me by the throat and I read it with delight at the humor, intelligence, plot twists, and adventure. At the end I was thrown for a loop and could only agree with reviewer Dan Schwent who said, "The Man Who Was T [...]

    29. Wastrel on said:

      A unique and joyous book: mystery, adventure, thriller, spy novel, farce, social satire, political satire, religious allegory, philosophical rumination, psychological study, surrealism, absurdism an exuberrant and devastatingly talented romp that's at the same time a very serious novel. I didn't find it a very emotionally engaging novel - characters who wear masks, a flippant tone, and a brakeneck pace (with countless twists) combine to make it hard to really viscerally care about anything or an [...]

    30. Jaylia3 on said:

      I really enjoyed this, but couldn't begin to explain it. It's sort of like an appealing but absurd poem with religious and philosophical undertones.

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