Part detective story, part surreal thriller, and part
social commentary, The Man Who Was Thursday
is a masterpiece of literary fiction by the brilliant G. K.
Chesterton. The story centers around seven anarchists
in turn-of-the-century London who call themselves
by the days of the week. Fearing an impending act of
terrorism, Gabriel Syme is sent by Scotland Yard to
infiltrate their ranks by becoming "Thursday." Elected
undercover into the Central European Council of
anarchists, Syme must avoid discovery and save the
world from future bombings.
Beyond the excitement of an elephant chase, duels,
elaborate disguises, and a hot-air balloon pursuit
through the streets of London, Chesterton is most
interested in the battle of ideas. Indeed, his real agenda
is to expose the moral relativism and parlor nihilism for
the devils he believed them to be in the world of his day.
Chesterton's classic novella tackles anarchy, social order,
God, peace, war, religion, and human nature, somehow
managing to combine them all into a delightful tale full
of biting social commentary that is still relevant today.