Often referred to as a metaphysical thriller, G.K. Chestertonâ€™s brilliant 1908 novella The Man Who Was Thursday â€“ A Nightmare is a tour-de-force of suspense-writing.
Newly recruited Scotland Yard detective Gabriel Syme infiltrates a dangerous underworld anarchist group with the help of a poet he befriends, named Lucian Gregory. The taut adventure that ensues is part spy narrative, part dystopian novel and part Christian allegory.
Chestertonâ€™s unconventional masterpiece 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."
â€śAs The Man Who Was Thursday proceeds, it becomes a hilarious numbers game with a more serious undertone. Chesterton's thriller is best read slowly, so as to savor his highly anarchic take on anarchy.â€ť
- Kerry Fried.
"A powerful picture of the loneliness and bewilderment which each of us encounters in his single-handed struggle with the universe."
- C. S. Lewis.
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