Free Classics: The Man Who was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton

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The Man Who was Thursday: A Nightmare, is a 1908 novel by G.K. Chesterton.  It is a thriller about anarchists – considered the terrorists of their day.

I say that there are some inhabitants who may remember the evening if only by that oppressive sky. There are others who may remember it because it marked the first appearance in the place of the second poet of Saffron Park. For a long time the red-haired revolutionary had reigned without a rival; it was upon the night of the sunset that his solitude suddenly ended. The new poet, who introduced himself by the name of Gabriel Syme was a very mild-looking mortal, with a fair, pointed beard and faint, yellow hair. But an impression grew that he was less meek than he looked. He signalised his entrance by differing with the established poet, Gregory, upon the whole nature of poetry. He said that he (Syme) was poet of law, a poet of order; nay, he said he was a poet of respectability. So all the Saffron Parkers looked at him as if he had that moment fallen out of that impossible sky.

Well, not exactly your typical terrorist thriller . .. .

G.K. Chesterton is probably best known for his Father Brown stories, but this novel has its followers as well.  I suggest this for your unconventional winter read!

The next moment the smoke of his cigar, which had been wavering across the room in snaky twists, went straight up as if from a factory chimney, and the two, with their chairs and table, shot down through the floor as if the earth had swallowed them. They went rattling down a kind of roaring chimney as rapidly as a lift cut loose, and they came with an abrupt bump to the bottom.

If you take your thrillers with a bit of magical realism, this is the book for you.  It is short and pithy and well worth reading.

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