The Man Who was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

The Man Who was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

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Two poets in a London park at sunset, debating on the attributes of poetry and whether it's really a metaphor for anarchy. A group that meets in secret, planning to overthrow the world order. Disguises and deceptions, ideals and ideology. A medley of themes and genres makes this a great read for anyone who's a fan of Chesterton and his iconic Father Brown. The Man Who Was Thursday includes Chesterton's favorite theme of Christianity with touches of delightful humor to enliven the twists and turns that abound throughout the book. Set in the early part of the twentieth century, the novel's main protagonist, Gabriel Syme is a Scotland Yard detective who's assigned to break the trend of anarchic groups mushrooming all over London. He hides his true identity and takes on the role of a poet. He meets Lucian Gregory, also a poet, and they become friends. One evening, they get into a passionate debate on the true function of poetry and whether it is a symbol of revolution. As the debate rages on, Gregory is incensed and indiscreet enough to confess that he is part of a secret group that espouses anarchy. The group meets in a remote public house in Chiswick on the banks of the Thames and Gregory invites Syme to join them that evening, to prove that he (Gregory) is indeed a true blue anarchist. At the meeting, Syme discovers that the group of seven are all code named by days of the week. Currently, the slot of Thursday is vacant and Gregory is a strong contender for the post. The rest of the story describes how Syme is drawn into the group and uncovers some of its deepest and most incredible secrets. The final conclusion is typical Chesterton – almost unbelievable and totally unexpected! Orson Welles, who was one of Chesterton's most devoted fans directed the first radio adaptation of The Man Who was Thursday in 1938. Since then, the book has been adapted for radio readings and a film was also planned based on the book, though it wasn't made. The appeal of the book lies in its extremely readable style, exciting twists and turns of plot, memorable characters and the lyrical descriptions of Edwardian London. For die-hard Chesterton fans, this would be a great new addition to their list, while those whose good fortune it is to encounter Chesterton for the first time in this novel will certainly enjoy the experience!
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Two poets in a London park at sunset, debating on the attributes of poetry and whether it's really a metaphor for anarchy. A group that meets in secret, planning to overthrow the world order. Disguises and deceptions, ideals and ideology. A medley of themes and genres makes this a great read for anyone who's a fan of Chesterton and his iconic Father Brown. The Man Who Was Thursday includes Chesterton's favorite theme of Christianity with touches of delightful humor to enliven the twists and turns that abound throughout the book. Set in the early part of the twentieth century, the novel's main protagonist, Gabriel Syme is a Scotland Yard detective who's assigned to break the trend of anarchic groups mushrooming all over London. He hides his true identity and takes on the role of a poet. He meets Lucian Gregory, also a poet, and they become friends. One evening, they get into a passionate debate on the true function of poetry and whether it is a symbol of revolution. As the debate rages on, Gregory is incensed and indiscreet enough to confess that he is part of a secret group that espouses anarchy. The group meets in a remote public house in Chiswick on the banks of the Thames and Gregory invites Syme to join them that evening, to prove that he (Gregory) is indeed a true blue anarchist. At the meeting, Syme discovers that the group of seven are all code named by days of the week. Currently, the slot of Thursday is vacant and Gregory is a strong contender for the post. The rest of the story describes how Syme is drawn into the group and uncovers some of its deepest and most incredible secrets. The final conclusion is typical Chesterton – almost unbelievable and totally unexpected! Orson Welles, who was one of Chesterton's most devoted fans directed the first radio adaptation of The Man Who was Thursday in 1938. Since then, the book has been adapted for radio readings and a film was also planned based on the book, though it wasn't made. The appeal of the book lies in its extremely readable style, exciting twists and turns of plot, memorable characters and the lyrical descriptions of Edwardian London. For die-hard Chesterton fans, this would be a great new addition to their list, while those whose good fortune it is to encounter Chesterton for the first time in this novel will certainly enjoy the experience!
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00 – Dedication

02 Jan 2021 | 04 mins 14 secs

00 – Dedication

02 Jan 2021 | 04 mins 14 secs

01 – The Two Poets of Saf...

01 Jan 2021 | 22 mins 58 secs

01 – The Two Poets o...

01 Jan 2021 | 22 mins 58 secs

02 – The Secret of Gabrie...

31 Dec 2020 | 17 mins 45 secs

02 – The Secret of G...

31 Dec 2020 | 17 mins 45 secs

03 – The Man Who Was Thur...

30 Dec 2020 | 24 mins

03 – The Man Who Was...

30 Dec 2020 | 24 mins

04 – The Tale of a Detect...

29 Dec 2020 | 21 mins 52 secs

04 – The Tale of a D...

29 Dec 2020 | 21 mins 52 secs

05 – The Feast of Fear

28 Dec 2020 | 20 mins 31 secs

05 – The Feast of Fe...

28 Dec 2020 | 20 mins 31 secs

06 – The Exposure

27 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 55 secs

06 – The Exposure

27 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 55 secs

07 – The Unaccountable Co...

26 Dec 2020 | 19 mins 32 secs

07 – The Unaccountab...

26 Dec 2020 | 19 mins 32 secs

08 – The Professor Explai...

25 Dec 2020 | 27 mins 18 secs

08 – The Professor E...

25 Dec 2020 | 27 mins 18 secs

09 – The Man in Spectacle...

24 Dec 2020 | 34 mins 02 secs

09 – The Man in Spec...

24 Dec 2020 | 34 mins 02 secs

10 – The Duel

23 Dec 2020 | 34 mins 24 secs

10 – The Duel

23 Dec 2020 | 34 mins 24 secs

11 – The Criminals Chase ...

22 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 31 secs

11 – The Criminals C...

22 Dec 2020 | 18 mins 31 secs

12 – The Earth in Anarchy

21 Dec 2020 | 31 mins

12 – The Earth in An...

21 Dec 2020 | 31 mins

13 – The Pursuit of the P...

20 Dec 2020 | 21 mins 41 secs

13 – The Pursuit of ...

20 Dec 2020 | 21 mins 41 secs

14 – The Six Philosophers

19 Dec 2020 | 24 mins 21 secs

14 – The Six Philoso...

19 Dec 2020 | 24 mins 21 secs