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The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
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Nov 10, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 1900s, edwardian, crime, london
Read in November, 2008

Dynamiters, duels, and a romping elephant chase through London's West End ... the only thing G. K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) lacks is a high kicking woman with a black belt in kung fu. If you remember and enjoy the sixties spy-spoofing television shows like The Avengers or The Wild, Wild West, chances are you'll really like Chesterton's book. The novella's pace is frenetic, the humor campy, and plot both absurd and deeply metaphysical. The Man Who Was Thursday is ur-steampunk, a 20th-century dream-vision labored with perplexing allegory, and just plain a lot of fun.

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