The Man Who Was Thursday- Book Report

Topics: Hot air balloon, Week-day names, G. K. Chesterton Pages: 3 (847 words) Published: October 16, 2011
Chance Dunlap
Fiction Book Report 1st Quarter
The novel The Man Who was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton is an incredible work of fiction that thoroughly shows the ingenuity of its author. The plot has multiple twists and continually forces the reader to ponder the statements of the characters who all make philosophical statements throughout the entirety of the book. The novel gives the reader great detail into how England and France appeared to the people in the early 1900‘s.

The novel begins in Saffron Park, just outside London, in the early 1900s with several important characters. Lucian Gregory is the first character introduced, a poet who stands in the park talking about anarchism everyday without fail. Gregory pops in and out of the plot throughout the story, but is only focused on at the very beginning and the end. Gabriel Syme meets him at a party in the park, and the two begin to argue upon the meaning of poetry. With Syme having a more convincing argument than Gregory, Gregory becomes agitated and stalks away, returning later to talk to Syme claiming to have something to show him. Gregory leads him to a small, decrepit restaurant on the seashore, and makes him pledge that he would never say anything about what he was about to see before leading him into the world of the Central Anarchist Council. The story really takes off then when Syme reveals that he is a policeman from Scotland Yard; just then, the other members of the council appear to elect the next Thursday, who is the man in charge of that chapter of the Council. Syme convinces the members attending the meeting that he is from their president and makes a speech that gets him nominated to be the next Thursday. From there he begins the real journey. The next morning, he meets the rest of the council leaders. The president who is Sunday, is larger than any man he has ever seen, both in height and weight. Every member, Sunday through Saturday, had something extremely odd about them, but...
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