The Man Who Was Thursday

According to my Kindle I am 57% of the way through G.K.Chesterton’s “The Man Who Was Thursday”. Whilst I am enjoying it, there are times when I need a change.

I put the Kindle down and picked up the Sunday paper to look at the books review section. The first one I read was “City On Fire” by Garth Risk Hallberg who is hailed as the next great American author destined for the pantheon of literary giants, so I picked up the device again and requested a sample (that’s the bit I love most about the Kindle).

On opening the sample, it took me not to the cover, nor the contents, nor ‘about the book’, not even the prologue, ‘about the author’ or the dedication, but to a page sandwiched in between.

With the font set as I have it for my weakening eyes just two paragraphs where showing (a quotation as it happens), the second of which referred to a person called “Syme”. The frisson anticipating the page turn was marked. It simply has the end of the quote (tree”) and the credit:

  • G. K. CHESTERTON The Man Who Was Thursday
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