The Manticore by Robertson DaviesThe Manticore by Robertson Davies

The Manticore

byRobertson Davies

Paperback | October 13, 2015

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The Manticore is a fascinating exploration, by an exquisite stylist, of those regions beyond reason where monsters live. David Staunton, the son of Percy Boyd Staunton, travels to Switzerland. Traumatized by his father’s death and plagued by a lifetime of unhappiness, David undergoes Jungian analysis and repeatedly encounters a manticore—a monster with the head of a man, the body of lion, and the tail of a scorpion.

The Manticore is the second novel in the critically acclaimed Deptford Trilogy, which also includes Fifth Business and World of Wonders.

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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Title:The ManticoreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.7 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143194143

ISBN - 13:9780143194149

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Manticore by Robertson Davies,Michael Dirda The world of conjurors and miracles and tricks of the hat has given way to the universe of Jungian Archetypes. This made the novel suffer somewhat, however. Robertson no longer seemed the magician with his words, but instead an apprentice trying to emulate, explain, elucidate, apply, explore, a set of theories that are not his. I felt as if he had donned someone else’s habit. Often in my reading of this dramatization of the Archetypes, I kept thinking of one of the rooms in the 2013 Venice Biennale, where they showed Carl Jung’s extraordinary The Red Book: Liber Novus. As I continue to the third volume I expect Robertson’s own magic will occupy center stage again… The ending of this novel with the exotic title, indicated that this could very well be the case as he seemed to be turning his back to Jungian lore.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Manticore by Robertson Davies,Michael Dirda The world of conjurors and miracles and tricks of the hat has given way to the universe of Jungian Archetypes. This made the novel suffer somewhat, however. Robertson no longer seemed the magician with his words, but instead an apprentice trying to emulate, explain, elucidate, apply, explore, a set of theories that are not his. I felt as if he had donned someone else’s habit. Often in my reading of this dramatization of the Archetypes, I kept thinking of one of the rooms in the 2013 Venice Biennale, where they showed Carl Jung’s extraordinary The Red Book: Liber Novus. As I continue to the third volume I expect Robertson’s own magic will occupy center stage again… The ending of this novel with the exotic title, indicated that this could very well be the case as he seemed to be turning his back to Jungian lore.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Not as good as Fifth Business, but still an important part of the Trilogy overall
Date published: 2017-01-09

Editorial Reviews

“Davies’s Deptford Trilogy is one of the splendid literary enterprises of this decade.” - Newsweek“Lucid, concise, beautifully phrased, rich in drama and in relentless penetration of character, this novel is a synthesis of narrative and idea that never ceases to be a superior entertainment as well.” - Library Journal“Davies shows once again … that even small-town Canadians can be intriguing.” - Toronto Star“Davies’s books will be recognized with the very best works of the twentieth century.” - The New York Times Book Review"Davies is one of the great modern novelists.” - Malcolm Bradbury, The Sunday Times (London)“Davies is a novelist whose books are thick and rich with humor, character and incident. They are plotted with skill and much flamboyance.” - The Observer (London)“A mature and wise writer.” - Anthony Burgess, The Sunday Times (London)“Davies is a thoughtful, tasteful mediator in human affairs.” - Kirkus Reviews