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The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) ebook

by Kingsley Amis,G. K. Chesterton


Published in 1908, The Man Who Was Thursday begins with two men, Gabriel Syme ( a poet who . There are enough twists and turn, colorful characters and beautiful banter that make this Nightmare a wonderful experience.

After a lengthy discussion as to whether Man should be ruled by laws or have free will to rage against the machine, Gabriel accuses Lucian of not being a real anarchist. This is one of those books where you will be looking up words, highlighting passages and writing notes in the margins.

The man called Gogol, who had hardly spoken through all their wearytravels, suddenly threw up his hands like a lost . They could not conceive whothe old man was who had led them; but it was quite enough that he hadcertainly led them to the carriages.

The man called Gogol, who had hardly spoken through all their wearytravels, suddenly threw up his hands like a lost spirit. He is dead!" he cried. Syme drove through a drifting darkness of trees in utter abandonment. It was typical of him that while he had carried his bearded chin forwardfiercely so long as anything could be done, when the whole business wastaken out of his hands he fell back on the cushions in a frank collapse.

Books I've Read (149 items) list by faithx5. Published 12 years, 9 months ago. View all The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) lists. View all The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) pictures. Manufacturer: Penguin Classics Release date: 7 August 1990 ISBN-10 : 0140183884 ISBN-13: 9780140183887. add. Separate tags with commas, spaces are allowed. Use tags to describe a product . for a movie Themes heist, drugs, kidnapping, coming of age Genre drama, parody,.

Paperback published 1990-04-26 by Penguin Classics He tracks down the six other men and manages to win a place on the council.

Paperback published 1990-04-26 by Penguin Classics. Alert if: New Price below. He tracks down the six other men and manages to win a place on the council. But after a bizarre twist of events, Syme quickly realizes that appearances are never what they seem in the dangerous world of the political underground.

First published in 1908, The Man Who Was Thursday is often described as a metaphysical thriller, but it. .

First published in 1908, The Man Who Was Thursday is often described as a metaphysical thriller, but it goes much deeper than that, as the anarchists are not only in a rebellion with the government, but often with God as well. Set in turn of the century London, Gabriel Syme is part of a secret task force at Scotland Yard, sent undercover to investigate the anarchists. He infiltrates the anarchist's world, meeting an openly anarchist poet, Lucian Gregory, at a party

Imprint: Penguin Classics. Published: 31/03/2011.

Imprint: Penguin Classics. Dimensions: 198mm x 13mm x 129mm.

Shelves: fantasy, classics, top-shelf. I lost my backpack thanks to this book. It was years and years ago, probably my first winter in Japan, and I'd picked up this book at Maruzen. Neil and Terry were right - Chesterton knew what was going on. This book is just as relevant today as it was a century ago, even if Chesterton never meant it to be. No matter what the subtitle to the book may be, and no matter how he may have meant it, the book is still valuable to us. Well worth reading.

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Each rereading of The Man Who Was Thursday The hero, Gabriel Syme, is Chesterton's ideal of the virtuous Common Man. He must infiltrate and try to thwart an anarchist cell, whose heart is the mysterious and ambiguous Sunday, man whose powers seem almost godlike. Another hot new series from Penguin, "Great Books for Boys" offers a handful of top adventure stories from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each volume sports a nice vintage-looking cover to complete the spell. Great fun (and girls can read them, too!).

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Can you trust yourself when you don't know who you are? Syme uses his new acquaintance to go undercover in Europe's Central Anarchist Council and infiltrate their deadly mission, even managing to have himself voted to the position of 'Thursday'. In a park in London, secret policeman Gabriel Syme strikes up a conversation with an anarchist. Sworn to do his duty, when Syme discovers another undercover policeman on the Council, however, he starts to question his role in their operations. And as a desperate chase across Europe begins, his confusion grows, as well as his confidence in his ability to outwit his enemies. But he has still to face the greatest terror that the Council has - its leader: a man named Sunday, whose true nature is worse than Syme could ever have imagined...
Vosho
Chesterton's 1908 nightmarish and suspenseful mystery The Man Who Was Thursday weathers the storm of time very well. Syme, recruited by the police to infiltrate an anarchist group whose members adopt the names of the week, goes on a madcap and confused chase where nothing and no one is what it seems. I challenge any reader to anticipate on a first reading what is coming in the book. The ending portions of the story can be confusing in their own right. The novel operates on several levels, and is deeply philosophical and religious. I've read it at least three times over the years and see more in it each time. Indeed, the ending suggests it may not be possible to mine its depths entirely.

This free Kindle edition is formatted well and easily readable. It has one paradoxical aspect: it has no introduction. I call it a paradox because without an introduction the reader may become as lost and mystified as the characters in the book, yet with an introduction much of the surprise and suspense in the book would be dissipated. And of course, any comment on Chesterton needs to use the word paradox!
Uaoteowi
A truly profound and enjoyable tale. I choose to call this a philosophical thriller. A tale so engrossing and beautifully composed that I found it quite hard to put down. Mind you, I can't say I deciphered all of the philosophical arguments; or even if they were all deciferable. However they were never less than interesting and intriguing. As were all of the cast of this fabulous tale; throw in mysterious, and I think that's an apt description of them all, starting from Sunday to the whole week of them. Also as someone to whom the mastery and structure of language in a book is as important as the story itself I was equally impressed in the manner of the telling of this tale. Thanks again to the author for producing this gem.
Carrot
One of the most gripping novella (I don't believe its long enough to be a full novel) that I've ever read. I'm usually quite savvy to plot twists and expect them but the entirety of this story-line threw me for a loop.

Entertaining, Profound, and Comical. Chesterton transcends time.
Fenrikasa
Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton (1874-1936) is perhaps best known for his detective stories about Father Brown, a Roman-Catholic priest. However, Chesterton was also a poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, lay theologian and Christian apologist; and had a big influence on many other authors of both fantasy and detective novels.

'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)
Dagdatus
Sometimes a book will fall figuratively in your lap. My “To Read” list on Goodreads is growing faster than my “Finished” list. At some point I added G. K. Chesterton’s masterpiece – The Man Who Was Thursday – to the list, but I don’t recall why. Regardless, I was obviously in the mood for reading some early 20th century metaphysical literature chock full of allegory, metaphors, anarchists and sublime characters. (Don’t we all get that urge from time to time???)

Published in 1908, The Man Who Was Thursday begins with two men, Gabriel Syme ( a poet who believes in law and order) and Lucian Gregory, (a poet and anarchist) meeting in a garden during a party. After a lengthy discussion as to whether Man should be ruled by laws or have free will to rage against the machine, Gabriel accuses Lucian of not being a “real anarchist”. Lucian counters by inviting Gabriel to a secret meeting of anarchists to prove him wrong. At this meeting Lucian is hoping to be elected to the Supreme Council of Anarchists as “Thursday”, one of seven men on the council, each named for a day of the week. The Council, lead by the man named Sunday, is planning to carry through with a planned assassination/bombing.

What transpires next is a humorous, witty, frightening, and often philosophical look at the state of man, war, peace, God, and social order to finally reveal that nothing is as it seems.

Did I mention that the subtitle of the novel is: A Nightmare? That’s because many of the thematic discussions of the novel are pretty relevant today. Some things never change.

For fans of Christian allegory or C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Papers, this novel will please you to no end. For fans of thought-provoking philosophical discussions that will leave you endlessly pondering the book’s meaning, this will please you to no end.

Chesterton employs subtle and not-so-subtle metaphors that leave you guessing his ultimate goal for the novel. It’s apparent right from the start: Gabriel = Law & Order. Lucian = anarchy/Free-will. Both meeting in A Garden. (I mean, c’mon!) The other members of the Council: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday et all, represent the burning questions of the time: Pessimism or optimism of Modernity; the benefits of scientific materialism; etc. And who is Sunday, the mysterious man who leads the council?

But if you think it’s just that easy, it’s not. There are enough twists and turn, colorful characters and beautiful banter that make this Nightmare a wonderful experience. This is one of those books where you will be looking up words, highlighting passages and writing notes in the margins.

Rare and wonderful is the novel that comes along that, after reading the last word, instantly bestows upon you the desire to read it again. The Man Who Was Thursday is just such a novel.

While some of the events and situations may seem out of date, the novel will certainly provoke further discussion. Want to have fun? Suggest this for your next Book Club read and watch the sparks fly….

5 out of 5 Stars
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) ebook
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Kingsley Amis,G. K. Chesterton
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