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The Man Who Was Thursday, opinions

Discussion in 'Classic SF&F' started by Tanegashima, Feb 13, 2008.

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    Tanegashima

    Tanegashima New Member

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    This may sound really nerdy, but it doesn't matter much here I 'spose:

    Almost ten years ago, a gem of a pc game came out called Deus Ex. Great sci-fi thriller game etc. The game had excerpts from novels throughout (and an homage to The Stars My Destination. Anywho, one of the excerpts was from a novel The Man Who Was Thursday. The excerpt caught my interest then, saw the book at the store today, and bought it, finally. Any opinions about it?
     
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    iansales

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    It's classic GK Chesterton, but not at all science fiction.
     
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    j d worthington

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    It was also included in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series. It is a very good novel, quite a rich experience. Well worth reading...
     
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    Teresa Edgerton

    Teresa Edgerton Goblin Princess Staff Member

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    Like Charles William's books, it's sometimes classified as a metaphysical thriller (whatever that is) rather than fantasy, but it's much more surrealistic than Williams.

    Anyway, it's a marvelous book.
     
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    GOLLUM

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    HMMM...I bought this one recently, looks like I'll have to promote it in my current TBR pile from #500 to #100...;)
     
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    j d worthington

    j d worthington Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think you'll be disappointed, Mr. G. Just remember the title (with subtitle): The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare. That it is... but not in quite the way one might expect.....:D
     
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    Lobolover

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    Not my thing,Chesterton is kinda too witty for me.
     
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    BAYLOR

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    Great book, but I still cannot understand what the ending is about. :unsure:
     
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    Randy M.

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    I loved Chesterton's Father Brown stories when I was a teen, but The Man... didn't evoke that joy for me. I was pleased to have read it, but did not share the delight of other readers I've run across.

    I'd like to ask a question about it, though: When I recently reread Robert Heinlein's "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag" I was surprised to realized it paralleled Chesterton's novel. Can anyone think of other works that parallel The Man ...?


    Thanks,
    Randy M.
     
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    Ray McCarthy

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    "The Prisoner" TV series, but only sort of.
    I'm still digesting it. It's on quite a different level to Father Brown (though those are totally straight detective stories).

    Quite a contrast to Conrad's "The Secret Agent"


    The only thing close in twisted loyalties, very much darker is Le Carre's "The Looking Glass War." (Or am I thinking about "The Spy that came in from the Cold")
     
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    Extollager

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    Teresa is right on target in mentioning Charles Williams. Do get hold of the thought-provoking, audacious romp The Place of the Lion!
     
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