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The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
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Jan 08, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: fraudio, fantasy, amusing, boo-scary, philosophy, teh-brillianz, re-read, summer-2010, published-1908
Recommended for: BBC7 listeners
Read from June 15 to 30, 2010 , read count: 2

** spoiler alert ** Blurb - The book has been referred to as a metaphysical thriller. Its importance was recognized in its later revival in paperback by Ballantine Books as the thirty-second volume of the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in July 1971.

Although it deals with anarchists, the novel is not an exploration or rebuttal of anarchist thought; Chesterton's ad hoc construction of "Philosophical Anarchism" is distinguished from ordinary anarchism and is referred to several times not so much as a rebellion against government but as a rebellion against God.

The novel has been described as "one of the hidden hinges of twentieth-century writing, the place where, before our eyes, the nonsense-fantastical tradition of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear pivots and becomes the nightmare-fantastical tradition of Kafka and Borges."


I will be re-reading this for sure.
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Reading Progress

01/08/2009 page 138
75.82% "Woot! but this is excellent and unless something really stupid happens this is on track for a 5 star plus a teh brilliantz sticker"
06/15/2010 page 1
0.0% "Gabriel Syme meets Lucien Gregory at an unusual soiree in West London, from where they move on to an unusual pub in Chiswick"
06/15/2010 page 1
0.0% "I so love this book

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06/15/2010 page 2
1.0% "In an underground headquarters, Syme witnesses a meeting of the Anarchists' Council."
06/15/2010 page 2
1.0% "Oh Noes! Bombs. But it's okay because they are smart bombs

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06/17/2010 page 3
1.0% "3 - The Tale of a Detective

Syme's history is revealed, from his joining Scotland Yard to his election as Thursday."
06/20/2010 page 4
2.0% "4. The Feast of Fear - Gabriel Syme meets his fellow anarchists at a breakfast meeting in London's Leicester Square."
06/20/2010 page 5
2.0% "The Exposure - Sunday unmasks one of the anarchists as a Scotland Yard detective, leaving Gabriel Syme in despair"
06/23/2010 page 6
3.0% "Unaccountable Conduct of Professor de Worms - Syme is chased through the snow from Soho to St Paul's by the strange figure of the Professor."
06/23/2010 page 7
3.0% "The Man in Spectacles - With new-found ally the Professor, Gabriel rests up before they both set off to confront Doctor Bull."
06/24/2010 page 8
4.0% "8 of 13 - The Duel - The three men go to France, where Gabriel Syme challenges the Marquis to a deadly combat."
06/26/2010 page 9
4.0% "The Criminals Chase the Police - As Gabriel Syme engages his opponent in a duel, there's a revelation from the Marquis."
06/26/2010 page 10
4.0% "The Earth in Anarchy - The allies head for the coastal town using horses, then motor cars to outrun their masked pursuers."
06/30/2010 page 11
5.0% "The Pursuit of the President - After the confrontation between motor cars, the detectives return to London to accost Sunday."
06/30/2010 page 12
5.0% "The Six Philosophers - The men pursue Sunday as he flees them aboard a hot-air balloon."
06/30/2010 page 13
6.0% "The Accuser - As Sunday presides over a feast, Lucien Gregory appears. Gabriel is back in Saffron Park."

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