The Man Who Was Thursday

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Title: The Man Who Was Thursday

Author: Chesterton, G. K.

Publication Date: 1908

Number of Pages: 224

Genre: Inspirational; Literary Fiction

Geographical Setting: London

Time Period: turn-of-the-century (c.1895-1905)

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Gabriel Syme is recruited by Scotland Yard to join their new undercover task force whose project is to infiltrate, apprehend, and bring to justice the subversive political sects that threaten the stability of the civilized world. One day, he becomes acquainted with anarchist braggart, Lucian Gregory who brings him to a meeting of the worldwide Central Council of Anarchists to prove that he is a serious in his political views. After attending the meeting and cozying up to the attendees as they discuss dynamiting landmark buildings and assassinating heads of state, Syme leaves the meeting as the sect’s newest and seventh member. And as the other six are known to each other only as a particular day of the week, Syme is dubbed “Thursday,” as he is the previous, deceased Thursday’s replacement. Upon investigating, Syme/Thursday shockingly discovers that five of the other members of the Council of Days are also members of the undercover task force and are on the same mission. Together, they realize that the true target of their mission is the man known as Sunday (the head of the council), who might have ultimately been responsible for bringing them all together in the first place. After a frantic, fantasy-like cross-country chase involving cars, bicycles, and hot air balloons, the Scotland Yard investigators finally track Sunday to a mysterious residence where he reveals his true identity as a concept he refers to as “The Peace of God,” incarnate.

Subject Headings: Christian allegory; Religious fiction; Catholics – Fiction; Belief and doubt; Anarchists; Conspiracies; Secret societies; Honor; Honesty; London, England; Mystery stories; Fantasy fiction

Appeal: steady, unhurried, detailed, engaging, evocative, insightful, inspiring, intriguing, vivid, well-developed, well-drawn, character-centered, complex, inspirational, mystical, open-ended, thought-provoking, detailed setting, timeless, atmospheric, contemplative, dramatic, earnest, heartwarming, hopeful, philosophical, theological, psychological, thoughtful, fervent, natural, passionate, didactic.

Similar Authors and Works (Fiction): The Screwtape Letters—by C.S. Lewis, 1942 (engaging, insightful, inspirational, philosophical, theological, thoughtful, didactic); Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—by J.K. Rowling, 1997(engaging, vivid, well-developed, insightful, vivid); The Fellowship of the Ring—by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954 (engaging, insightful, inspirational, philosophical, theological, thoughtful, well-drawn characters, complex).

Similar Authors and Works (Nonfiction): Strong Winds Change Lives—by Collins, Eureka F., 2006 (Deals with the interrelationship between personal crises, suffering, and the feeling of being connected to something bigger; Inspirational; thoughtful, and melancholy but thoughtful); In the Spirit—by Taylor, Susan L, 1994 (examines faith; life as a journey; and the intellectual role of religious belief. Inspirational; thoughtful, and engaging); Save Me from Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, and Lived to Tell My Story—by Welch, Brian, 2007 (Examines spirituality, suffering, and hope; engrossing; melancholy; inspirational)

Name: Patrick

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