- Paperback: 138 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 15, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1514350017
- ISBN-13: 978-1514350010
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Man Who Was Thursday Paperback – June 15, 2015
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, lay theologian, biographer, and literary and art critic. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox." Time magazine has observed of his writing style: "Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out."
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'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)
Chesterton is a style unto himself; until you get in to his rhythm, he can be difficult to read. But once you’ve caught the wave, you should be able to easily surf though this book.
Now that I've finished the book, I have a strange compulsion to reread it in light of the end.
Thursday is far from a light-weight read. Chesterton hits all the classic issues society, social order, religion, good and evil – to name a few.
Filled with characters you’ll love to hate, and then learn to love: I give this book 4 stars out of 5 on the following scale.
+ hated it
++ didn't like it
+++ it's okay
++++ liked it
+++++ loved it
Kindle edition: interactive table of contents; no noted errors in printing [spelling, punctuation, spacing, etc.] with the exception of chapter breaks that don’t begin new chapters on fresh pages.
The moral to this story is eternally right.