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The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders epub

by Robertson Davies


The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders epub

ISBN: 0771593848

ISBN13: 978-0771593840

Author: Robertson Davies

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: World Literature

Language: English

Publisher: Macmillan of Canada; First Edition edition (June 1, 1987)

ePUB book: 1799 kb

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Rating: 4.9

Votes: 216

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I really liked the Fifth Business, the first book of the trilogy As he goes through life as "Fifth Business", the reader becomes more fascinated by and sympathetic to his character.

I really liked the Fifth Business, the first book of the trilogy. It was intriguing and maintained my interest very well and I liked the way the three boyhood characters reunited in an inexplicable encounter at the end of the tale. The Manticore was not as interesting to me and the coincidence of encountering Eisengrim yet again was much harder for me to swallow by this time. As he goes through life as "Fifth Business", the reader becomes more fascinated by and sympathetic to his character. Another envelope is the first sentence in the story: "My lifelong involvement with Mrs. Dempster began at 5:58 o'clock . on 27 December 1908 at which time I was ten years and seven months ol.

The Deptford Trilogy book. World of Wonders is when the last missing puzzle of Deptford finds its place. It’s a story about illusions and legends that we like to believe about ourselves

The Deptford Trilogy book. Who killed Boy Staunton?Around this central mystery is woven. It’s a story about illusions and legends that we like to believe about ourselves. It really explores the theme of the first person narrator, the autobiographer – unreliable by definition.

The Deptford Trilogy (published 1970 to 1975) is a series of inter-related novels by Canadian novelist Robertson Davies. The trilogy consists of Fifth Business (1970), The Manticore (1972), and World of Wonders (1975)

The Deptford Trilogy (published 1970 to 1975) is a series of inter-related novels by Canadian novelist Robertson Davies. The trilogy consists of Fifth Business (1970), The Manticore (1972), and World of Wonders (1975). The series revolves around a precipitating event: a young boy throws a snowball at another, hitting a pregnant woman instead, who goes into premature labor. It explores the longterm effects of these events on numerous characters.

Canadian writer Robertson Davies, author of The Deptford Trilogy which included the famous book, Fifth Business. 1913-08-28)28 August 1913 Thamesville, Ontario, Canada. Davies built on the success of Fifth Business with two more novels: The Manticore (1972), a novel cast largely in the form of a Jungian analysis (for which he received that year's Governor General's Literary Award), and World of Wonders (1975). Together these three books came to be known as The Deptford Trilogy.

The deptford trilogy. What’s Bred in the Bone. He managed all the business, but was not simply a man of business, because he brooded, in a well-bred, don’t-think-I’m-interfering-but manner, over the whole venture, including its artistic side. He was a sixtyish, fattish, bald Englishman who always wore gold-rimmed half-glasses, which gave him something of the air of Mr Pickwick.

Around a mysterious death is woven a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived trilogy of novels: "Fifth Business", often described as Robertson Davies' finest novel; "The Manticore", and "World of Wonders".

Robertson Davies wrote 3 trilogies and 2 other novels. I have read all 11 books and thoroughly enjoyed each. The Deptford Trilogy - an amazing set of three novels, all interconnected but each complete by itself. The first trilogy I read was, THE DEPTFORD TRILOGY. Robertson Davies is hilarious but touching too. I was reading this on a train from Baltimore to New York and a woman told me she had read it and it changed her life

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Title: The Deptford Trilogy Author: Davies, Robertson Publisher: Penguin Group USA Publication Date: 1990/06/01 Number of Pages: Binding Type: PAPERBACK Library of Congress: 90007183 The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/the Manticore/World of Wonders.

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I really liked the Fifth Business, the first book of the trilogy. It was intriguing and maintained my interest very well and I liked the way the three boyhood characters reunited in an inexplicable encounter at the end of the tale. The Manticore was not as interesting to me and the coincidence of encountering Eisengrim yet again was much harder for me to swallow by this time. David's story was not nearly as engaging as Dunstan's and I could not swallow the explanation for his arrested sexuality. He just was not real for me. By the third book, I had lost interest and only skipped through the bizarre saga of Paul's life. I admire Davies' writing and enjoy all his literary references, but I had trouble following through on the entire trilogy. I suspect I missed something critical in the story line for the second book, but I am not sure I want to put in the effort to find it out. I do like that Davies' story is intentionally ambiguous on multiple levels.
My go-to literature guru recommended this 1970's era read. The three unique novels revolve around the murder/death of Boy Staunton from Deptford, a rural village in Ontario, Canada. But, more so, the ramifications of the flight of an errant snowball on three boys. From pre-WWI, the first novel, Fifth Business, is told from Dunstan Ramsay's point of view. He is an unwitting catalyst in the snowball saga and his obsession with its victim and her family. It was an okay story, but the writing kept me captivated. So, on to the second book, The Manticore. This one told the story of Boy's family from his son David's perspective. It focused on Jungian theory of psychology. Other than an interesting education about that school of thought, nothing about this novel really made sense for books 1 and 3. Anima/Shadow maybe. The third book, my favorite, World of Wonders, was a tragic intricate tale told by the snowball victim's premature baby turned magician. It takes us from the depths of Deptford to London, Paris, the mountains of Switzerland. The most colorful book of the three that tied up plot lines intriguingly. There was a bit too much diversion into hagiography or lives of saints that apparently was central to Davies. It left me flat. But, all in all, this was so beautifully written, that I enjoyed my long journey with these three reads.
This first book of the Deptford Trilogy was one I found intriguing, but I don't think it's to everyone's taste. The style is a bit old-fashioned (which perfectly suits the protagonist's voice) and the pace is steady rather than quick. The protagonist, Dunstan, is a perfect "Mr. Chips" kind of boys' school teacher, but it means that his love affairs are described in a more dispassionate manner than most modern readers would like. The book is well plotted. Dunstan's preoccupation with saints adds to the tone of the book, and I did not find it detracted from my interest. The revelation at the end, however, came as a complete surprise and I would have liked some foreshadowing. I recommend it for those who enjoy a slower-paced, intriguing character study that requires some thought and concentration.
As this story starts, it has a decidedly memoir-ish feel to it, despite the fact that, early on, the lead character, Dunstan Ramsay, says he views the Bible in the same way he views 1,001 Arabian Nights. So I made the mistake of being slightly disappointed early in the story when no mythical energy seems to be flowing. But the mythological angle gets played soon enough as Ramsay becomes captivated by Catholic saints.

One thing that tends to happen in good stories is what I call the envelope effect. This is when something in the front of the novel informs the rest of the story by serving as its envelope. We have two such devices in this story. First there is the title, which refers to "Fifth Business" as an opera term. It relates to the role of the baritone in opera. The tenor is the leading character, the soprano his love interest, and so forth, all the way down to the baritone, who is fifth business, after all those other parts and voices. That's how Ramsay lived, by putting others ahead of himself. As he goes through life as "Fifth Business", the reader becomes more fascinated by and sympathetic to his character. Another envelope is the first sentence in the story: "My lifelong involvement with Mrs. Dempster began at 5:58 o'clock p.m. on 27 December 1908 at which time I was ten years and seven months old." The entire rest of the story fits into that envelope, it is fascinating how Davies pulls that off.

This is the first novel in a series of three novels called the Deptford Trilogy, and it is sneaky good. As I said earlier, I was disappointed early on, when it seemed to be just a memoir, but the story and its telling are sneaky good. By the end of the novel, you will be very glad you read it.