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G K Chesterton's surreal masterpiece is a psychological thriller that centers on seven anarchists in turn of the century London who call themselves by the names of the days of the week Chesterton explores the meanings of their disguised identities in what is a fascinating mystery and ultimately a spellbinding allegoryAs Jonathan Lethem remarks in his Introduction The real characters are the ideas Chesterton's nutty agenda is really uite simple to expose moral relativism and parlor nihilism for the devils he believes them to be This wouldn't be interesting at all though if he didn't also show such passion for giving the devil his due He animates the forces of chaos and anarchy with every ounce of imaginative verve and rhetorical force in his body


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    I lost my backpack thanks to this bookIt was years and years ago probably my first winter in Japan and I'd picked up this book at Maruzen I had heard about Chesterton mainly from the dedication page of Pratchett and Gamian's Good Omens The authors would like to join the demon Crowley in dedicating this book to the memory of GK Chesterton A man who knew what was going on and the title looked weird enough to be entertaining So I was reading the book on the train as I often do and I had my backpack on the floor between my feet When the train got to my station I stood up still reading and walked offIt wasn't until I had to put the book down again to eat that I realized I no longer had my backpackThis was no small problem either the bag had a lot of important stuff in it not the least of which was my Palm Pilot with all my friends' addresses on it There were also about two dozen Christmas cards in there along with other various and sundry things And it was a good bag tooLong story short too late I never got the bag back The staff at my school and even one of the students were kind enough to call the Keihan lost found a few times to see if anyone had turned it in but with no luck And whoever got it didn't do the obvious thing and look at the return address on every single one of those Christmas cards noooAhem I'm over it ReallyMy point is this beware the seductive power of this book Beware the enchantments laid upon it and the dreamlike web that it weaves For if you let it this book will enrapture you and gods help you if that happensThe story is one that sucks you in almost from the first page when two passionate poets argue the worth and detriment of society Should it be torn down and let chaos reign in the world? Is order the true glory of humanity the crowning jewel of mankind? Should the existing paradigm by praised or destroyed and is he who advocates the path of anarchy true to that path?From that moment that confrontation of poet philosophers we are drawn into a dark heart of true anarchy where no one can be trusted to be who he appears to be And not even the protagonist himself can be absolutely sure where his path will endNeedless to say I think this book was awesome on many levels The whole thing reads like a dream moving in and out of locales with odd fluidity and it's honestly hard to put it down It has a great cast of characters each one distinct and interesting and worth your attention and a great ending that while not making a whole lot of sense is entirely fittingWhat's really interesting is the modern applicability of this story Its major theme is that of law versus anarchy and when Chesterton wrote this back one hundred years ago in 1908 the anarchist movement was seen as a real threat These people were not the angry kids spray painting Anarchy signs all over the place and listening to punk rock The fringe radicals of the Anarchist movement advocated violence They liked dynamite and struck terror in the hearts of the citizenry much in the way that terrorists still do today And like modern terrorists they were driven by a twisted and dark ideology which placed their own motivations above society In the world that Chesterton has made the Law is in a perpetual battle with the forces of chaos the dark and shadowy enemies who are always out to destroy usSound familiar?The hunt for terrorists is a great plot for any writer and hundreds of them good and bad have used this trope as a way of telling a story Chesterton however reached into the heart of that idea and found the uneasy twist that we are not always willing to deal with He found the Nietzschean paradox about what happens when you battle monsters and saw that it could very well be true He has shown us that it is dangerous to act without knowing the truth even if the truth isn't what you want it to beNeil and Terry were right Chesterton knew what was going on This book is just as relevant today as it was a century ago even if Chesterton never meant it to be No matter what the subtitle to the book may be and no matter how he may have meant it the book is still valuable to us Well worth reading