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The Man Who was Thursday

The Man Who was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
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In a surreal turn-of-the-century London, Gabriel Syme, a poet, is recruited to a secret anti-anarchist taskforce at Scotland Yard. Lucian Gregory, an anarchist poet, is the only poet in Saffron Park, until he loses his temper in an argument over the purpose of poetry with Gabriel Syme, who takes the opposite view. After some time, the frustrated Gregory finds Syme and leads him to a local anarchist meeting-place to prove that he is a true anarchist. Instead of the anarchist Gregory getting elected, the officer Syme uses his wits and is elected as the local representative to the worldwide Central Council of Anarchists. The Council consisting of seven men, each using the name of a day of the week as a code name; Syme is given the name of Thursday…

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by G. K. Chesterton


It is very difficult to classify THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY. It is possible to say that it is a gripping adventure story of murderous criminals and brilliant policemen; but it was to be expected that the author of the Father Brown stories should tell a detective story like no one else. On this level, therefore, THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY succeeds superbly; if nothing else, it is a magnificent tour de force of suspense writing.

However, the reader will soon discover that it is much more than that. Carried along on the boisterous rush of the narrative by Chesterton's wonderful high spirited style, he will soon see that he is being carried into much deeper waters than he had planned on; and the totally unforeseeable denouement will prove for the modern reader, as it has for thousands of others since 1908 when the book was first published, an inevitable and moving experience, as the investigators finally discover who Sunday is... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 11, 2014
Subject: review of Thursday
At first glance this seems to be a fast-paced adventure story with one twist after another. But at the climax you suddenly realize it's something even more. Suburb, thought-provoking book. It's narrated by a great reader.
Reviewer: - April 30, 2014
Subject: Splendid!
Love this book! And the reader does an excellent job!
Reviewer: - March 20, 2014
Subject: Powerful
Excellent, thought provoking book. Fascinating plot turns throughout. Skilled reader. Leads one to think on great themes of life, suffering, God, and eternity.
Reviewer: - February 16, 2014
Good book, but the end is- disappointing.
Reviewer: - February 6, 2014
Subject: Thumbs up
Terrific! Just terrific! Story and narration.
Reviewer: - December 4, 2013
Subject: Surreal
Surreal doesn't begin to describe the latter portion of the book. In another context, I might have thought that the author and Timothy Leary (trite but well-known example) had collaborated after eating copious amounts of blotter acid. Having said that, the last 2 chapters are at once like paintings by Salvador Dali and Rembrandt, one superimposed on the other. After a slow start, this book (with it's outstanding narration) is well worth the listen.
Reviewer: - November 28, 2013
Subject: Review
Brilliant story/author. Well read:)
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Well narrated, an enjoyable listen.
Reviewer: - June 14, 2013
Subject: Review
Zachary is an incredible narrator! Loved the whole story. Highly recommend this book. :0)
Reviewer: - April 17, 2013
Subject: Excellent reading
This story is really well read and the plot kept me interested, although I was a little disappointed with the ending.

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