Tempest-tost by Robertson DaviesTempest-tost by Robertson Davies


byRobertson Davies

Paperback | October 13, 2015

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The debut novel that launched an astonishing literary career, Tempest-Tost is a magnificent display of Robertson Davies's legendary wit and the first novel in the Salterton Trilogy.

     An amateur production of The Tempest provides a colourful backdrop for a hilarious look at unrequited love. Mathematics teacher Hector Mackilwraith, stirred and troubled by Shakespeare's plays, falls in love with the beautiful Griselda Webster. When Griselda shows that she has her own plans, Hector despairs and tries to commit suicide on the play's opening night.
     Written in 1951, Tempest-Tost is a wonderfully satirical story of small-town Canada that reveals humorous yet powerful universal truths.
William Robertson Davies was born in Thamesville, Ontario in 1913. He taught English at the University of Toronto and was an actor, journalist, and newspaper editor before winning acclaim as a novelist with Tempest-Tost, the first of his Salterton trilogy. His most famous trilogy, The Deptford Trilogy--Fifth Business, The Manticore, an...
Title:Tempest-tostFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.7 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143197010

ISBN - 13:9780143197010

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tempest-Tost (The Salterton Trilogy #1) by Robertson Davies Adored his other two trilogies so dreaded circling back to the beginning and grazing my shins against his inevitably hesitant debut. But this fledgling appeared fully formed - this is either my favourite or second favourite of all his books. Knockabout brilliant, picaresque, laugh-out loud funny. Pickwick Papers, Noel Coward, Mervyn Peake funny. Mr Davies is a joy.
Date published: 2018-07-24