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The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders Paperback – 28 Jul 2011

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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024195262X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241952627
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The kind of writer who makes you want to nag your friends until they read him so that they share the pleasure (Observer)

Davies' books will be recognized with the very best works of the twentieth century (New York Times Book Review)

One of the great modern novelists (Malcolm Bradbury)

A mature and wise writer (Anthony Burgess)

Thick and rich with humour, character and incident (Observer)

About the Author

Robertson Davies was born in Thamesville, Ontario, in 1913. A novelist, playwright, literary critic and essayist, he received numerous awards for his work. It is as a writer of fiction that Robertson Davies achieved international recognition, with such books as The Salterton Trilogy (Tempest-Tost, Leaven of Malice and A Mixture of Frailties); The Deptford Trilogy (Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders); The Cornish Trilogy (The Rebel Angels, What's Bred in the Bone, shortlisted for the 1986 Booker Prize, and The Lyre of Orpheus); Murther & Walking Spirits, and The Cunning Man. Robertson Davies died in 1995.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Randy C. Barber on 2 Mar. 2013
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I first discovered Robertson Davies more than 30 years ago and recommended this triolgy recently to a book club I belong to. He just tells a great story and manages to bring out the numinous quality of everyday experience in a wholly compelling way. The other members of the book club loved it and they're not an easy group to please.
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By terence dooley on 21 Feb. 2015
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Davies is a tremendously interesting, knowledgable and intelligent writer, concerned in this trilogy with myth, miracle and magic, but far too rational to be presenting us with hokum. He's an old writer, one of the very few who produced his best work towards the end of his life, and we benefit from his wisdom. Is this a trilogy? Originally described as 3 linked novels, it cocentrates on 2 fascinating characters, one without much inner life, a successful businessman and would-be politician, the other a magician, who is all inner or concealed life. The jungian analysis of the middle novel strikes me as the dull part, involving a character who is at best 7th business. The rest can be spellbinding, though it has its essayistic side - the life of an old-fashioned theatre company is told at great length - and length is perhaps a problem in general. Davies isn't a poet, as perhaps all great writers must be, in whatever genre, but he is a first-rate writer, and leaves one with much to think about.. He makes most of our modern sages and would-be intellectuals seem thin and ill-informed.
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4.5 stars from Amazon, 4.5 stars from GoodReads, 4.5 stars from Barnes & Noble.
This!! This is my favourite book of all time. I can’t do it justice talking about it but it makes me just want to CRY because I want everyone to read it. Ok, I sound a little dramatic here but what's a passion pitch without passion?
The story in all three books is complex (wrapped up in one package), but it's a masterpiece of magic, art and religion, and the blurred line between reality and spirituality. Sounds heavy? It isn't - it just whisks you along with it and completely immerses you in a world of wonders.
It's about a thousand pages and I loved every one of them, because I never wanted it to end... There are thousands of books out there but let's give a bit time to admire and talk about some of the greats.
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Certainly one of the finest trilogies ever written - I must have bought this book(s) as a gift for friends more than any others as a way of trying to spread the word - a way of passing on the good fortune when a good friend gave me a copy for my 21st birthday over 25 years ago. I still return to it frequently and am always staggered by the ingenuity, complexity and humanity of the consequences of an will-prepared snowball. This, together with "A Prayer for Owen Meany", would be my chosen reads for a desert island - books that are funny, tragic and provide a unique insight about the balance of fate and chance in our lives.
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