Modern Classics The Cunning Man

Paperback | October 13, 2015

byRobertson Davies

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In this perceptive and entertaining memoir of a doctor’s life, we encounter at least one miraculous cure, a bad breath contest of Olympian standards, tales of cannibals and Tsarist bordellos, medical solutions to literary mysteries—and startling insights into the secrets of a doctor’s consulting room.

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In this perceptive and entertaining memoir of a doctor’s life, we encounter at least one miraculous cure, a bad breath contest of Olympian standards, tales of cannibals and Tsarist bordellos, medical solutions to literary mysteries—and startling insights into the secrets of a doctor’s consulting room.

Robertson Davies (1913–1995) was born and raised in Ontario, and was educated at a variety of schools, including Upper Canada College, Queen’s University, and Balliol College, Oxford. He had three successive careers: as an actor with the Old Vic Company in England; as publisher of the Peterborough Examiner; and as university professor ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 7.73 × 5.08 × 1.08 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143194135

ISBN - 13:9780143194132

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“Wise, humane and consistently entertaining…. Robertson Davies’s skill and curiosity are as agile as ever, and his store of incidental knowledge is a constant pleasure.” - The New York Times Book Review“Once the word is out that a new book has been glimpsed in the bookshops, Davies devotees know that they must buy it and read it. The sooner, the better.” - The Washington Post Book World“The sparkling history of [the] erudite and amusing Dr. Hullah, who knows the souls of his patients as well as he knows their bodies … never fails to enlighten and delight.” - The London Free Press“Davies is a good companion. Settling into The Cunning Man is like taking a comfortable chair opposite a favourite uncle who has seen and done everything.” - Maclean’s“Irresistible, unflaggingly vital. A wholehearted and sharp-minded celebration of the Great Theatre of Life.” - The Sunday Times (London)“A novel brimming with themes of music, poetry, beauty, philosophy, death and the deep recesses of the mind.” - The Observer (London)“An amazing coup. Davies has written a brilliant, never less than engaging work of fiction which is also a philosophical meditation on the business of living. I have not read anything so good in a very long time.” - Financial Times“Wonderfully funny, poignant and never less than totally engrossing.” - Publishers Weekly“Entertaining and intelligent…. Davies’s characterizations are rich (and just a bit quirky) and his commentary filled with humor…. One of those rare novels that can be wholeheartedly recommended for libraries of every type and size.” - Library Journal“Davies … deftly combines metaphysics, magic, and modern medicine to tell a contemporary story with ancient roots…. Ideas, aphorisms, and wit are as evident as Davies’s more teleological concerns, which all makes for a splendid romp as well as an absorbingly literate novel. Davies at his best.” - Kirkus Reviews