The Man Who Was Thursday (LampLight Classics) (Volume 5) Paperback – April 4, 2017
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 4, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 220 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1543176682
- ISBN-13 : 978-1543176681
- Lexile measure : 1130L
- Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.56 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,095,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gabriel Syme is a poet, but also a police. In a world, strikingly similar to the one in our own time, where an elite of anarchist gentlemen (whose secret seven leaders are named after each day of the week) plot to overthrow the world, detectives philosophers are the last line of defense in this secret war. Gabriel Syme gets to infiltrate as Thursday and... the story is so vertiginous to read that I much recommend you to read it. It grows to cover the whole Earth and gets deeper to the very soul of the characters. But it is not ceremonious, there are parts in which I laughed a lot, unforgettable images and acute observations. It is playful and deep and dense at the same time.
AmazonClassics is the best edition available to read 'The Man Who Was Thursday.' The text is clean of errors, has a professional formatting, a modern typography and a basic but helpfuk X-Ray. I adore that these editions only have at the end a very succint and in good taste biography; it has no introductions, studies or prologues (which in these days sadly means a poor text), and neither footnotes which in the internet connected kindles are unnecessary; the novel is as pure as if it had been published this morning. The only omission is the date of original publication. You absolutely can enjoy this book in its own but if you feel curious to understand it a bit better afterwards you can read by Chesterton 'Orthodoxy' (his thoughts about madness, common sense and civilization), his essay 'The book of Job' (for the last chapters) and 'The Diabolist' (a memory of a friend of him seduced by destruction). The last two I read it in the Oxford edition of this novel, but the AmazonClassics is superior.
The book itself is a work of high art - surrealism and humor interwoven into a poignant and gripping detective tale. This printing is a joke.
2 stars because it is legible and the price was extremely cheap. I would not recommend this to anyone, and I'd be embarrassed to give it as a gift
'The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare' from 1908 is not all easy to place in just one category. I knew very little of it beforehand; and as I think that is really the best way to read it, I in turn don’t want to reveal too much detail, just write something of my impressions while reading.
Right from the start it struck me as a rather creepily up-to-date read from the aspect that one of its major themes has to do with anarchism/ terrorism and a bomb threat to a major European city. It also crossed my mind quite early on (from a certain scene), that this could well be another bok from which J.K. Rowling may have picked some inspiration for Harry Potter. Later on, I could also clearly see parallells to C.S. Lewis. In spite of the serious (and indeed, as the title suggests, nightmarish) background, and some deeply moral and philosophical discussions – the story does not only keep up a high degree of suspense, but also takes a lot of unexpected twists and turns and offers a good deal of humour. (Sometimes I even laughed out loud.) I found it very hard to put down – I just wanted to keep on reading to see what happened!
A teaser quote: “They were a balconyful of gentlemen overlooking a bright and busy square; but he felt no more safe with them than if they had been a boatful of armed pirates overlooking an empty sea.” (p. 66)
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Reading the first page I thought it must have been translated from a foreign language by some one who did not know English and had just looked up each word in a dictionary! For example, when the action takes place near a railway station, the author uses an inappropriate synonym for 'train', such as 'teach' or 'instruct'. Nearly every sentence has to be decoded in order to get the meaning. This is quite fun to start with; rather like solving crossword clues, but gets very tedious after a page or two. It really interrupts the flow of the story.
I believe Chesterton was upset at many reactions to this book, people thinking it represented his own view of the world. Accepting this there are times when it represents mine.
This book is wonderful on so many levels.