The Deptford Trilogy Fifth Business The Manticore World of Wonders Who killed Boy Staunton Around this central mystery is woven a glittering fantastical cunningly contrived trilogy of novels Luring the reader down labyrinthine tunnels of myth history and magic T

  • Title: The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders
  • Author: Robertson Davies
  • ISBN: 9780140118599
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • Who killed Boy Staunton Around this central mystery is woven a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived trilogy of novels Luring the reader down labyrinthine tunnels of myth, history, and magic, The Deptford Trilogy provides an exhilarating antidote to a world from where the fear and dread and splendour of wonder have been banished.

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    1. Robertson Davies

      William Robertson Davies, CC, FRSC, FRSL died in Orangeville, Ontario was a Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor He was one of Canada s best known and most popular authors, and one of its most distinguished men of letters , a term Davies is sometimes said to have detested Davies was the founding Master of Massey College, a graduate college at the University of Toronto.Novels The Salterton Trilogy Tempest tost 1951 Leaven of Malice 1954 A Mixture of Frailties 1958 The Deptford Trilogy Fifth Business 1970 The Manticore 1972 World of Wonders 1975 The Cornish Trilogy The Rebel Angels 1981 What s Bred in the Bone 1985 The Lyre of Orpheus 1988 The Toronto Trilogy Davies final, incomplete, trilogy Murther and Walking Spirits 1991 The Cunning Man 1994 enpedia wiki Robertso

    563 thoughts on “The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders”

    1. How do I even begin this I spent about two weeks reading this and that s a lot of time for people to be asking so what is it about It s usually non readers who ask such questions because readers know better than to ask what a 800 page book is about But I thought about it and decided that it was mostly about subjectivity of experience Not that it made sense to anyone who asked.It was three books and each one of them a different kind of wonderful It all starts in a small village of Deptford, Ontar [...]


    2. Mr Davies is the Magus, the Magician I m sure this must be at least the third time that I ve read Fifth Business, and it never palls He has such an ease and breadth of narration, such elegance and gentle irony You relax into this kind of authoritative voice, luxuriate in its reassuring comfort And all the while the magic spell silently twists into position, so that you swallow the most unlikely of coincidences, the slightly one sided female figures, the rather too obvious a contrast between Duns [...]


    3. A wonderful trilogy, by an incredible writer Each of the three novels looks back on a man s life The first, Fifth Business, is a letter from a school teacher to his old headmaster, attempting to show that his life was much than anyone ever saw at school, and it touches on saints, war, madness and artificial legs The second book, The Manticore, is notes from the Jungian analysis of a wealthy Canadian lawyer, touching on archetypes, alcoholism, first love and death masks.The third, World of Wonde [...]


    4. Read most of this book under the shadow of Cortez s Cathedral in Mexico sitting by a pool and smoking really bad pot Anyways, somebody I barely know suggested it I m glad he did got me through a tough time Took my mind to another place when it was in another place to begin with Something quaint and imaginative about the way he writes, like a master storyteller with no other agenda than the story at hand.


    5. After reading A Moralist Possessed by Humor A Conversation With Robertson Davies in the February 5, 1995 edition of the New York Times Book Review, I was intrigued by this man of mirth a literary unknown to me to give his books a try If I recall correctly, the only book available at the library that day was Fifth Business the first in this Deptford Trilogy As is my habit, I cracked the spine open and took in the first page, to see if the style and content piqued my interest.Needless to say, I wa [...]


    6. From the snapshots you can find online, Robertson Davies looked like Charles Darwin with a touch of Santa Claus The Canadian author had a long white forked beard that was strikingly demode in the 1970s when he delivered the three books of this excellent Deptford Trilogy And yet, don t be fooled by the first appearances You better look carefully at the photos of Mr Davies If you do that, you will perceive genuine wit and an eager inquisitiveness in his eyes as well as the intimidating irony of h [...]


    7. FIFTH BUSINESS This is a good book It doesn t belong to my favorite class of artistic works, which I think of as the Fire and Forked Lightning variety But it s quite good Roberston Davies tells his tale in a slightly detached, leisurely pace that I m tempted to attribute to his being from Canada The story certainly doesn t hit you like a hollywood movie plot ride It s thoughtful and takes it s time, but it s a good story basically the entire story of one man s life, with scope and interest and s [...]


    8. Whenever I mention this book the very few who recognize it ask me if I am Canadian.No, I am not Canadian.This book skirts a very fine line between the entirely possible and the gothically surreal Told in trilogy form the story sprawls in the best possible way The book is worth reading simply to gain the aquaintance of the narrating character I m not sure I have crushed so hard on a literary figure since Schmendrick the Magician His views and musings are so fresh and well put that I, heaven shriv [...]


    9. I know that is is supposed to be a fantastic trilogy but it really didn t do it for me Was I too young the first time around Perhaps If enough GR friends push me to do so, I ll give it another shot.


    10. Robertson Davies was a big fan of Jungian psychology, so if you enjoy archetypes in literature this will be a true character identification feast How each narrator perceives the world around them plays also a big part in solving the Mysterious Death that drives the plot, so you get to play the shrink detective.The Best The dialogue Except when Magnus rambles, where it gets a bit stiff The female characters except for Leola Cruikshanks and Doctor Jo and the fact the sexiest woman in the trilogy i [...]


    11. La primera vez que conoc ste libro fue a trav s de la revista de Circulo de lectores Me llam la atenci n, ya a simple vista, por su aire vintage , de modo que decid ponerme a indagar m s sobre l Re ne las tres partes de la trilog a El quinto en discordia , Mant cora y El mundo de los prodigios Yo os hablar hoy de la primera.En todos los blogs y p ginas que consultaba, solamente encontr elogios y buenas palabras, catalogando la trilog a como obra maestra as que me apetec a mucho hacerme con ella, [...]


    12. The first thing that came to my mind when I finished this books was thank God that s over with I really enjoyed this book when I started it, but around 1 2 to 3 4 of the way I just wanted it to end, for me that s normally a bad sign because when I love a book I m almost depressed to finish it.The book definitely has some clever aspects to it which is easily played upon by Roberston Davies the narration is almost a triptych view of the main characters, But it s heavily based around character subj [...]


    13. I am forever indebted to my friend Donna Durham Donna, where are you now for introducing me to Robertson Davies and The Deptford Trilogy Some have described these books as examples of magical realism well, yes, sort of, as written by a Canadian The trilogy consists of three books Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders The books each tell the same story from the point of view of a different character and center around the murder of Percy Boy Staunton Fifth Business, my favorite, intr [...]


    14. We have educated ourselves into a world from which wonder, and the fear and dread and splendour and freedom of wonder have been banished Of course wonder is costly You couldn t incorporate it into a modern state, because it is the antithesis of the anxiously worshipped security which is what a modern state is asked to give Wonder is marvellous but it is also cruel, cruel, cruel It is undemocratic, discriminatory, and pitiless Liesl Robertson Davies three part masterpiece is a sprawling internati [...]


    15. My now 81 yr old father is a misanthropic pack rat who lives a rich mental life through books while outwardly barely functioning as a decent man His attic, like his mind, is insulated entirely by books and that is where I discovered Robertson Davies, who I was not expected to understand at age 15 I devoured the trilogy nonetheless and came to understand, if nothing else, the rigidness of sexuality in the first part of the 20th century as well as the religious underpinnings guilt and an over acti [...]


    16. As the title implies, this book is actually three novels, Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders Although the books differ from each other, they are all linked by the trilogy s central premise How are we accountable for our actions, however trivial, and how far reaching are the consequences of the decisions we make Two boys are snowball fighting in a small Canadian town at the turn of the century One throws a snowball which contains a stone, and misses its target, hitting the pastor [...]


    17. Just recalled this author and the best of his trilogies Read the reviewe books are elegant, cleverly funny, inventive, never predicable reads I would love to read and discuss with you THIS IS ANOTHER TRILOGY WE HAD DISCUSSED READING TOGETHERI AM CURIOUS AS TO HOW I WILL LIKE THE READ, THE SECOND TIME AROUND.


    18. I found these to be a strangely smooth, soothing reading experience Plus, I got to learn about obscure hagiography and Jungian psychoanalysis.


    19. The Deptford Trilogy A Canadian Bulgakov, if you can wrap your head around that magical, dark, comedic, and mysterious Robertson Davies deserves to be read and reread and reread.


    20. Wonderful trilogy my favorite of Davies trilogies From Who killed Boy Staunton This is the question that lies at the heart of Robertson Davies s elegant trilogy comprising Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders Indeed, Staunton s death is the central event of each of the three novels, and Rashomon style, each circles round to view it from a different perspective In the first book, Fifth Business, Davies introduces us to Dunstan Ramsey and his lifelong friend and enemy, Percy Boyd St [...]


    21. I guess I was at something of a low point when this book called to me from my shelves My copy looked awful, bent and blackened, and it was only on a whim that I, a month or so earlier, decided to relieve my parents shelves of it where it had stood for 10years with little hope of being read again That my current state should make me call for the Deptford Trilogy made perfect sense I had read all of Robertson Davies novels during a 2 year period about a decade or so ago Murther and walking spirits [...]


    22. I don t read I re read The first time I read a book it s an audition And the finest pleasure offered by this habit is to read a familiar, beloved work and find that it s better than you thought I was traveling this last while, and so reread The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies for perhaps the fifth or sixth time I d first read it out of order, and that jostling affected all later readings This time I took it in as a single novel in three parts, and it was much ambitious and meaningful in th [...]


    23. I reviewed each of the three books in this trilogy as I finished them, but I figured I d review the series as a whole as well I was not looking forward to reading Fifth Business much at all And, sad to say, it was in large part due to the fact that I hated the first cover I saw of it so much It s a stupid reason, I know.Anyway, almost as soon as I opened the thing up, I was competely hooked Davies has such a way with words It s not an action packed book by any stretch of the imagination It s a q [...]


    24. I picked up a battered mass market paperback copy of FIFTH BUSINESS off the street in May, on the simple principle that I had heard good things about it and it was free, and stuck it in my bag as lightweight size wise reading for a trip to Arizona in June These were both excellent spur of the moment decisions the very kind of tiny choices that Davies writes about here as influencing our whole lives.If Boy Staunton hadn t thrown the stoneIf Dunstan Ramsey hadn t duckedIf Mrs Dempster hadn t been [...]


    25. A wonderful trilogy Fifth Business is another delightful Davies story This one follows the life of Dunstan Ramsay as he tells his story Small events of no apparant importance come back in large, important ways I enjoyed The Manticore , which is told from David Staunton s point of view It has some overlap with Fifth Business but David s point of view and makes them complete David tries to come to terms with his relationship with his father through therapy Some of the same characters come back and [...]


    26. I adore this book It s about a thousand pages and I was grateful for every one of them, because I never wanted it to end The characters became to me like people I truly knew, and they are written with such adeptness and acumen that I was half convinced they were all real and existed somewhere The magic of this book lasts a long time after the last page has turned.This book follows four characters over the course of their lives It is essentially a character sketch, founded on conversations and bo [...]


    27. This was a second read, part of checking to see how old favorites stand up after the rigors of RWW and close reading I am happy to announce that Robertson Davies stands up very well indeed His ability to write an entire book within the POV of a single narrator and carry it off is astonishing Fifth Business, the first of the trilogy, is mesmerizing, which, given the character is in character The second, The Manticore, isn t quite as engaging, because the narrator isn t a lovable guy We can totall [...]


    28. I wasn t enthralled with this trilogy that has to do with big themes of saintliness, illusion, friendship, and betrayal, played out on the little stage of a few people s lives, people who all started out in the tiny Canadian town of Deptford Dunstan, the bachelor academic Boy Staunton, the powerful businessman David, drunken but brilliant lawyer and Boy s son and Magnus, the world famous magician Each book in the trilogy re examines the same lives from a different point of view I came away feeli [...]


    29. This trilogy deals with secrets that bind the lives of those who share them The three books are not as linear as the other trilogies the 3 volumes deal with the same event, the death of a character, seen from various angles I did find interesting that the art that Robertson Davies chose to pair up the art of magic with themes such as guilt, secrets, depression, insanity and, of course, psychotherapy.


    30. These three books are completely intertwined, yet each goes deeply into various aspects of human behavior from the dramatic to the psychological And, it all is hinged on a seminal episode with a stone In a sense this author has the same kind of ability to link characters and events across decades as does David Mitchell in Cloud Atlas or Scott with The Raj.


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