The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, And World Of Wonders

by Robertson Davies

Penguin Group Canada | October 1, 1983 | Trade Paperback |

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Fifth Business
Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man''s land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious, influence on those around him. His apparently innocent involvement in such innocuous events as the throwing of a snowball or the teaching of card tricks to a small boy in the end prove neither innocent nor innocuous. Fifth Business stands alone as a remarkable story told by a rational man who discovers that the marvelous is only another aspect of the real.

The Manticore
Around a mysterious death 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''.

World of Wonders
This is the third novel in Davies''s major work, The Deptford Trilogy. This novel tells the life story of the unfortunate boy introduced in The Fifth Business, who was spirited away from his Canadian home by one of the members of a traveling side show, the Wanless World of Wonders.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 832 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 1.18 in

Published: October 1, 1983

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140147551

ISBN - 13: 9780140147551

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The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, And World Of Wonders

The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, And World Of Wonders

by Robertson Davies

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 832 Pages, 4.72 × 7.48 × 1.18 in

Published: October 1, 1983

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140147551

ISBN - 13: 9780140147551

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Fifth Business
Ramsay is a man twice born, a man who has returned from the hell of the battle-grave at Passchendaele in World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross and destined to be caught in a no man''s land where memory, history, and myth collide. As Ramsay tells his story, it begins to seem that from boyhood, he has exerted a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious, influence on those around him. His apparently innocent involvement in such innocuous events as the throwing of a snowball or the teaching of card tricks to a small boy in the end prove neither innocent nor innocuous. Fifth Business stands alone as a remarkable story told by a rational man who discovers that the marvelous is only another aspect of the real.

The Manticore
Around a mysterious death 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''.

World of Wonders
This is the third novel in Davies''s major work, The Deptford Trilogy. This novel tells the life story of the unfortunate boy introduced in The Fifth Business, who was spirited away from his Canadian home by one of the members of a traveling side show, the Wanless World of Wonders.

About the Author

Robertson Davies , novelist, playwright, literary critic and essayist, was born in 1913 in Thamesville, Ontario. He was educated at Queen’s University, Toronto, and Balliol College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford he became interested in the theatre and from 1938 until 1940 he was a teacher and actor at the Old Vic in London. He subsequently wrote a number of plays. In 1940 he returned to Canada, where he was literary editor of Saturday Night , an arts, politics and current affairs journal, until 1942, when he became editor and later publisher of the Peterborough Examiner . Several of his books, including The Diary of Samuel Marchbanks and The Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks , had their origins in an editorial column. In 1962 he was appointed Professor of English at the University of Toronto, and in 1963 was appointed the first Master of the University’s Massey College. He retired in 1981, but remained Master Emeritus and Professor Emeritus. He held honorary doctorates from twenty-six universities in the UK, the USA and Canada, and he received numerous awards for his work, including the Governor-General’s Award for The Manticore in 1973. 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 , winner of the Leacock Award for Humour, and A Mixture of Frailties ); The Deptford Trilogy (Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders ); The Cornish Trilogy (The Rebel Angels, What
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Gathering in one volume Fifth Business, The Manticore and World of Wonders, The Deptford Trilogy collects three novels about the lives of three men from a small Ontario town who are bound and transformed by a jarring memory from their childhood. From the wayward path of a maliciously thrown snowball crumbles all sorts of issues that take a lifetime to iron out, from the dementia-suffering child of a premature birth to the guilt-ridden life of the snowball thrower. All three involved are somehow haunted - one to death - by this accident. It is a testament to Robertson Davies' power as a writer that he can so eerily depict the exponentially grave aftermath of an otherwise minute moment.
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