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A spy novel baked in philosophy, with a sprinkling of insanity,
This review is from: The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
Anyone who's watched Dusk til Dawn will agree that there's a point at which the genre of the movie immediately switches to another. The Man Who Was Thursday seems to switch genres throughout - and brilliantly so.
Always gripping and surprising, the triumph of this book lies not only in its widely-praised philosophical discussions of anarchism and nihilism. Chesterton has a gift of creating enjoyable, memorable characters, extremely witty and funny anecdotes (I swear Richmal Crompton borrowed the story of Friday's identity for one of his Just William stories) and a roller-coaster paced story in which the reader relishes the mad twists and turns.
Do not be put off by its common description of "metaphysical thriller" - yes, the book is extremely metaphysical, but somehow retains a sense of levity and even irony. Read and enjoy.