The Man Who Was Thursday

The Man Who Was Thursday

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The Man Who Was Thursday begins when two poets meet. Gabriel Syme is a poet of law. Lucian Gregory is a poetic anarchist. As the poets protest their respective philosophies, they strike a challenge. In the ruckus that ensues the Central European Council of Anarchists elects Syme to the post of Thursday, one of their seven chief council positions. Undercover. On the run. Syme meets Sunday, the head of the council, a man so outrageously mysterious that his antics confound both the law-abiding and the anarchist. Who is lawful? Who is immoral? Such questions are strangely unanswerable in the presence of Sunday. He is wholly other. He is above the timeless questions of humanity and also somehow behind them.
Publisher: [S.I.] : christianaudio, 2006.
ISBN: 9781596440838
Branch Call Number: eAUDIO OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: Vance, Simon
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Jan 25, 2016

Not so much a nightmare as a pipe dream. The Man Who Was Thursday has some of the wit and 19th/early 20th century daring-do I have a weakness for. And, admittedly, anarchism was a legitimate fear at the time -- although given the year it was published (1908), it would have been more to the point to fear not future disorder, but present order. Chesterton's anarchists are a gallery of conservative (to be fair, most of the population's) English bugbears: the intellectual, the Jew, the scientist, the foreigner, the uppity working class man, (if I read him correctly) the homosexual, and, above all, the atheist. More importantly, and what i would have thought was obvious at the time, Chesterton tries to have it both ways -- the anarchists are ruthless, well organized, and dangerous, AND amazingly stupid and credulous. If you want more story and less propaganda, try Joseph Conrad, Erskine Childers, or John Buchan.

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