“Excuse me if I enjoy myself rather obviously!” he said to Gregory, smiling. “I don’t often have the luck to have a dream like this. It is new to me for a nightmare to lead to a lobster. It is commonly the other way.”
A couple of weekends ago I had the absolute pleasure of reading a real button clicker (I was reading the book on my kindle). One of my closest friends who is an avid non fiction reader told me to check out a crime/suspense novel written by one of my favorite authors: G.K. Chesterton. (For a brief intro on Chesterton, the only thing that needs to be said is that C.S. Lewis considered him to be one of his greatest influences). Even though it was a book written over a hundred years ago, I ordered it (for free) on my kindle. I was taking a relaxing weekend away in Austin with my wife while sitting in a delightful, rustic coffee shop completely unaware of how much the book would blow me away.
‘The Man who was Thursday’ is a difficult book to write a review for, because it is packed with twists and turns from the get go, and to be perfectly honest I just don’t want to give anything away (this is assuming of course that those of you who have been reading my reviews are accepting every post as gold, and laboriously following through with my supreme recommendations). The book opens with a debate between two philosophers: Syme, and Gregory, who both have remarkable secrets that are revealed quickly. The rest of the novel is the unraveling of the secrets, and one man’s adventure to bring a secret society of anarchists to justice. It is a remarkable page turner that explores the motifs of loneliness, friendship, and individuality, but keep in mind that the novel is written by a DEEP Catholic thinker, and will inevitably turn towards a resolution that magnifies the Father that Chesterton devoutly worshiped. The tale of secret societies will have you shouting, nail biting, page turning, along with sleep-losing.
I am very hesitant to give books such a high praise, but this one was instantly a favorite. Chesterton’s enchanting writing will leave you spellbound, and with a goofy grin on your face, as he is no stranger to sarcasm, wit, and satire. The stunning conclusion will leave you in a state of raw contemplation, and perhaps even confusion (unless you are of the higher echelons of society with a powerful intellect… if you’re reading my reviews, don’t worry, you most likely fall into such a category). But great novels, in my opinion, always do this. If you’re looking for sheer entertainment, this book is for you. But if that is ALL you’re looking for, steer clear of this psychological thriller.
5 of 5… easily.