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The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

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The Man Who Was Thursday is a compellingly suspenseful, somewhat melodramatic, oftentimes surreal fairytale for adults. Some characters intrigue more than others, but the real characters are ideas — Chesterton's philosophical musings on how the human animal wrestles her way through a cold world with her belief structures not just intact, but providing solace and inspiration to her heart and mind.
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Publisher Comments:

Widely considered as Chesterton's masterpiece, The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) defies classification. Subtitled 'A nightmare' by Chesterton, on one level it is a fast-moving and surreal detective story. Drawing on contemporary fears of anarchist conspiracies and bomb outrages, The Man Who Was Thursday is firmly rooted in its time and place - turn-of-the-century London - but it also defies temporal boundaries. Police Detective Syme finds himself drawn into a world that seems to have gone beyond humanity when he is elected 'Thursday', one of the members of the Central European Council of seven monarchs. Dreamlike, prophetic, and frequently funny, the novel attacks contemporary pessimism and, through a bizarre series of pursuits and unmaskings, returns Syme - and us - to earth more aware of its beauty, promise, and creative potential.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140183887
Subtitle:
A Nightmare
Introduction:
Amis, Kingsley
Introduction by:
Amis, Kingsley
Introduction:
Amis, Kingsley
Author:
Chesterton, G. K.
Author:
Amis, Kingsley
Author:
Amis, Kingsley
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Location:
London ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
British and irish
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Traditional british
Subject:
Allegories
Subject:
Anarchists
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin
Series Volume:
map MF-1601-B
Publication Date:
19900807
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.62x5.36x.46 in. .33 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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The Man Who Was Thursday is a compellingly suspenseful, somewhat melodramatic, oftentimes surreal fairytale for adults. Some characters intrigue more than others, but the real characters are ideas — Chesterton's philosophical musings on how the human animal wrestles her way through a cold world with her belief structures not just intact, but providing solace and inspiration to her heart and mind.

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