The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare
G. K. Chesterton's surreal masterpiece is a psychological thriller that centers on seven anarchists in turn-of-the-century London who call themselves by the names of the days of the week. Chesterton explores the meanings of their disguised identities in what is a fascinating mystery and, ultimately, a spellbinding allegory. As Jonathan Lethem remarks in his Introduction, The real characters are the ideas. Chesterton's nutty agenda is really quite simple: to expose moral relativism and parlor nihilism for the devils he believes them to be. This wouldn't be interesting at all, though, if he didn't also show such passion for giving the devil his due. He animates the forces of chaos and anarchy with every ounce of imaginative verve and rhetorical force in his body.
Comments & Reviews
I love this story. It’s deeply meaningful and thought-provoking, yet wacky and snarky at the same time. My husband, before we got married and I was traveling, recorded himself reading the whole thing to make me an audio book. I found myself laughing out loud in public while listening to it.
I discovered this as a free audiobook and have listened to it and reread it several times. It’s a brilliant story and heady allegory. It’s good to be reminded of the goodness of ordinary things and the fight to preserve those things against our nihilistic culture.