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Happy CNY! | #Chestertonreadalong - The Man Who Was Thursday


Happy Chinese New Year everyone!!! Can't believe I woke up at 6:30 just so I have more time to study hahahaha

I hope the Chinese is correct...


Apparently since I don't have access to the fattening, unhealthy but delicious CNY food, I decided to make overnight oats unhealthy.

These are flavoured with melted chocolate fudge and have bananas and marshmallows mixed in. And of course, topped with more bananas and marshmallows.


Just finished the 労働経済 exam and I was much harder than I expected. The midterms were so easy in comparison!!

Anyway, on the way home, so I'm gonna start The Man Who Was Thursday for the #chestertonreadalong

The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

I find it really weird that even though it's now out of copyright, all the iBooks versions are paid versions. Oh well, I got my Gutenberg copy hahaha.

First thoughts: I didn't notice this was subtitled "A nightmare"! Explains quite a bit hahaha

The opening lines remind me of a poem though.

A cloud was on the mind of men, and wailing went the weather, Yea, a sick cloud upon the sound when we were boys together. Science announced nonentity and art admired decay; The world was old and ended: but you and I were gay

Haha, and I just realised this is a sort of prologue?

But I think my readalong report is more quotes than feelings, because I ALREADY FOUND ANOTHER QUOTE.

And it's not even Chapter 1 yet.

This is a tale of those old fears, even if those emptied hells, and none but you shall understand the true thing that it tells

Just finished Chapter one and I was reminded once again about how much I love Chesterton's descriptions. I just want to copy that paragraph about the sunset, but I won't haha. It's too long!

Also, I managed to forget my student card in school, but thank goodness for class Line! My friend managed to retrieve it.

Anyway, quote of choice from Chapter 1, and them I'm gonna study.

He seemed like a walking blasphemy, a blend of the angel and the ape.

I studied two chapters of managerial accounting, then my hands froze a little so I took a break for lunch and read some more

I forgot to say it just now, but in the beginning, there is a line about the beauty of one great act of violence. In wake of all the terror attacks, it really hit home and I wonder, is that how terrorists see things? Do they miss the beauty of life for the terrible greatness of an explosion?

The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything. He sees how much more valuable is one burst of blazing light, one peal of perfect thunder, than the mere common bodies of a few shapeless policemen.

Of course, Chesterton follows it by having another character make the argument that it is order, not disorder, that the anarchist should embrace, because disorder is the natural state, while order isn't.

Anyway, there was also a rather true moment, I feel, when it was said that people don't tend to take those at extremes seriously. Sometimes, speaking the truth is the best way to get someone to disbelieve you.

I took his advice, and have never regretted it. I preached blood and murder to those women day and night, and--by God!--they would let me wheel their perambulators.

Keeping in mind @underthesummerskies words, I decided to make ang zoh teh. It's also probably gonna be the most Chinese thing I'll have today 😂😂😂

Too bad I don't have dried longan 😪

But I realised that I have quite a few boxes of ginseng!! Anyone have any ginseng recipes for me??

My mom FaceTimed me from my maternal grandma's house. Another cousin is also overseas (in China), so we got to meet... Through our parents phones 😂😂😂

Been getting the on-off calls, and being constantly distracted has never been nicer


I am basically rewarding myself with reading. Just finished revising (will go through the practice questions next), so I read a few chapters.

We're well into the narrative now, and Syme (the protagonist) has gained entrance to the council of anarchists. My ebook is also very pink from all the highlighting 😂😂

I think I'm starting to remember what the twist was.

Anyway, if I had to pick one quote from all I saved for this section, it would be this:

For even the most dehumanised modern fantasies depend on some older and simpler figure; the adventures may be mad, but the adventurer must be sane. The dragon without St. George would not even be grotesque.

This is how my floor looks like. Neat people should look away 😂😂 Why am I not studying at the table next to me? I don't know 😂😂😂 I started writing at the table and migrated to the floor.

But currently very grateful for my lap blanket (the red thing)

It seemed a symbol of human faith and valour that while the skies were darkening that high place of the earth was still bright. The Devils might have captured heaven, but they had not yet captured the cross.

I'm on the way to go teach, so I managed to read till the end of Chapter 9 in the train. Depending on how long the end matter is, I may be able to finish the book today, in which case I'll have to find something else for tomorrow :p

But now the story is doing the unraveling, where each character is shown for who they are. So far, Syme has unraveled two of the anarchists, and I think he'll unravel the third in Chapter 10

"Because I am afraid of him," said Syme; "and no man should leave in the universe anything of which he is afraid."

So I have followed the story to its end, and like @rideofvalkyries asked, here are my attempts at consolidating my thoughts. (By the way, if anyone is going to attempt the readalong on Day 2, please do so because I think the both of us would love to see more opinions).

To me, the meaning of the entire story is tied to two things.

One is that it is 'a nightmare'. What is a nightmare but a scary dream that one remembers imperfectly?

The other is Sunday. Who is he?

Each of you finds Sunday quite different, yet each man of you can only find one thing to compare him to - the universe itself.

But when I saw him from behind I was certain he was an animal, and when I saw him from the front I knew he was a god

For the matter, who is Gregory, the wannabe anarchist? Who is Syme? Who is Bull? Are they characters in a book or characters in a dream that was written down?

To be honest, I have no idea. I have a suspicion, but I'm no longer a lit student and can't back it up. I think the truth is hinted at in this line:

For these disguises did not disguise, but reveal.

So if this book, too, is a disguise, the question is: what does it reveal?

Is this a nightmare or a dream?

==== end reflections====

But it has really been a fun read. I quite like reading what @rideofvalkyries thought, and I'm hoping @yeeler and others join in tomorrow so I can read what they think. And obviously, I want to do it again. We just have to find a good day, and another book

#dayrereadalong #dayrebookclub

I couldn't find the yakiimo, but since it's CNY I decided to just buy something else. So... Strawberry shortcake! I love strawberries ❤️❤️

Kinda ex - but at least it's good (:

Day 39

Monday, 8 Feb 2016

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shiawase (avatar)

shiawase 新年快樂!!! Good luck with your studying!!!

3 years ago

eustaciatan (avatar)

eustaciatan @jeonceci Thank you!! 😁😁😁

3 years ago

Lambkins (avatar)

Lambkins 新年快乐 ユウチャン!!!! 😚🎉🎉🎉 wishing you all the best with your studies & job hunting & success in all your novels + best of health and happiness everydayyyyy 🙆 hehe

3 years ago

eustaciatan (avatar)

eustaciatan @samme 新年快乐 to you tooooooo 😘😘 May you have a good Monkey year, full of love, happiness and travelling 😁😁

3 years ago

michxwanderlust (avatar)

michxwanderlust あけましておめでとう!😂

3 years ago

eustaciatan (avatar)

eustaciatan @michxwanderlust 旧正月あけおめ!😁😁 (incidentally, this is also how I greeted my friends today 😂😂)

3 years ago

iLing (avatar)

iLing HAPPY CNY FROM MSIA 🇲🇾🍊🍊🍊 I'll help you eat all the fattening CNY snacks!!! 😁😁😝

3 years ago

eustaciatan (avatar)

eustaciatan @iLingg Happy CNY to you toooooo!! Haha go ahead XD Just take lots of pictures so I can drool over them!

3 years ago

rideofvalkyries (avatar)

rideofvalkyries I like lying on the floor to do things

3 years ago

eustaciatan (avatar)

eustaciatan @rideofvalkyries if my floor was heated I'd probably never make it to the bed :p

3 years ago

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