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Title:The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Robertson Davies
Publisher:Penguin
ISBN:0140118594
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:874
Category:Fiction, Fantasy, Canada, Novels, Literature

The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders by Robertson Davies

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders i Who killed Boy Staunton i p This is the question that lies at the heart of Robertson Davies s elegant trilogy comprising i Fifth Business i i The Manticore i and i World of Wonders i Indeed Staunton s death is the central event of each of the three novels and i Rashomon i style each circles round to view it from a different perspective .

In the first book i Fifth Business i Davies introduces us to Dunstan Ramsey and his lifelong friend and enemy Percy Boyd Staunton both aged It is a winter evening in the small Canadian village of Deptford and Ramsey and Boy have quarreled In a rage Boy throws a snowball with a stone in it misses his friend and hits the Baptist minister s pregnant wife by mistake She becomes hysterical and later that night delivers her child prematurely a baby with birth defects Even worse she loses her mind .

The snowball the stone the deformed baby christened Paul Dempster this is the secret guilt that will bind Ramsey and Staunton together through their long lives p blockquote I was perfectly sure you see that the birth of Paul Dempster so small so feeble and troublesome was my fault If I had not been so clever so sly so spiteful in hopping in front of the Dempsters just as Percy Boyd Staunton threw that snowball at me from behind Mrs Dempster would not have been struck Did I never think that Percy was guilty Indeed I did blockquote Boy however would fight lie do anything rather than admit he feels guilty too and so the subject remains unresolved between them right up until the night Boy s body is found in his car in a lake with a stone in his mouth .

The second novel i The Manticore i follows Staunton s son David through a course of Jungian therapy in Switzerland while i World of Wonders i concentrates on Magnus Eisengrim a renowned magician and hypnotist with ties to both Ramsey and Boy Staunton .

When it came to writing three was Davies s favorite number Before the Deptford books he wrote i The Salterton Trilogy i i Tempest Tost i i Leaven of Malice i i A Mixture of Frailties i and after it came i The Cornish Trilogy i i The Rebel Angels i i What s Bred in the Bone i i The Lyre of Orpheus i Excellent as these and Davies s other novels are i The Deptford Trilogy i is arguably the masterpiece for which he ll best be remembered as the combination of magic archetype and good old fashioned human frailty at work in these novels is a world of wonders unto itself and guarantees these three books a permanent place among the great books of our time i Alix Wilber i

The Manticore (The Deptford Trilogy, #2), World of Wonders (The Deptford Trilogy, #3), The Salterton Trilogy: Tempest-Tost; Leaven of Malice; A Mixture of Frailties, The Lyre of Orpheus (Cornish Trilogy, #3), Fifth Business (The Deptford Trilogy, #1), The Cornish Trilogy: The Rebel Angels; What's Bred in the Bone; The Lyre of Orpheus, The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders, The Cunning Man (Toronto Trilogy, #2), The Rebel Angels (Cornish Trilogy, #1), What's Bred in the Bone (Cornish Trilogy, #2)