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Title:Fifth Business
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Robertson Davies
Publisher:Penguin
ISBN:0141181362
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Number of Pages:252
Category:Fiction, Canada, Classics, Literature, Historical fiction

Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC 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 em Fifth Business em stands alone as a remarkable story told by a rational man who discovers that the marvelous is only another aspect of the real

Fifth Business (The Deptford Trilogy, #1)

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 em Fifth Business em stands alone as a remarkable story told by a rational man who discovers that the marvelous is only another aspect of the real


The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders

i Who killed Boy Staunton i p This is the question that lies at the heart of Robertson Davies s elegant trilogy comprising i Fifth Business i i The Manticore i and i World of Wonders i Indeed Staunton s death is the central event of each of the three novels and i Rashomon i style each circles round to view it from a different perspective br br In the first book i Fifth Business i Davies introduces us to Dunstan Ramsey and his lifelong friend and enemy Percy Boyd Staunton both aged It is a winter evening in the small Canadian village of Deptford and Ramsey and Boy have quarreled In a rage Boy throws a snowball with a stone in it misses his friend and hits the Baptist minister s pregnant wife by mistake She becomes hysterical and later that night delivers her child prematurely a baby with birth defects Even worse she loses her mind br br The snowball the stone the deformed baby christened Paul Dempster this is the secret guilt that will bind Ramsey and Staunton together through their long lives p blockquote I was perfectly sure you see that the birth of Paul Dempster so small so feeble and troublesome was my fault If I had not been so clever so sly so spiteful in hopping in front of the Dempsters just as Percy Boyd Staunton threw that snowball at me from behind Mrs Dempster would not have been struck Did I never think that Percy was guilty Indeed I did blockquote Boy however would fight lie do anything rather than admit he feels guilty too and so the subject remains unresolved between them right up until the night Boy s body is found in his car in a lake with a stone in his mouth br br The second novel i The Manticore i follows Staunton s son David through a course of Jungian therapy in Switzerland while i World of Wonders i concentrates on Magnus Eisengrim a renowned magician and hypnotist with ties to both Ramsey and Boy Staunton br br When it came to writing three was Davies s favorite number Before the Deptford books he wrote i The Salterton Trilogy i i Tempest Tost i i Leaven of Malice i i A Mixture of Frailties i and after it came i The Cornish Trilogy i i The Rebel Angels i i What s Bred in the Bone i i The Lyre of Orpheus i Excellent as these and Davies s other novels are i The Deptford Trilogy i is arguably the masterpiece for which he ll best be remembered as the combination of magic archetype and good old fashioned human frailty at work in these novels is a world of wonders unto itself and guarantees these three books a permanent place among the great books of our time i Alix Wilber i


What's Bred in the Bone (Cornish Trilogy, #2)

Francis Cornish was always good at keeping secrets From the well hidden family secret of his childhood to his mysterious encounters with a small town embalmer an expert art restorer a Bavarian countess and various masters of espionage the events in Francis s life were not always what they seemed br br In this wonderfully ingenious portrait of an art expert and collector of international renown Robertson Davies has created a spellbinding tale of artistic triumph and heroic deceit It is a tale told in stylish elegant prose endowed with lavish portions of Davies s wit and wisdom


The Rebel Angels (Cornish Trilogy, #1)

Defrocked monks mad professors and wealthy eccentrics a remarkable cast peoples Robertson Davies brilliant spectacle of theft perjury murder scholarship and love at a modern university Only Mr Davies author of i Fifth Business i i The Manticore i and i World of Wonders i could have woven together their destinies with such wit humour and wisdom


The Manticore (The Deptford Trilogy, #2)

Hailed by the i Washington Post Book World i as a modern classic Robertson Davies s acclaimed i Deptford Trilogy i is a glittering fantastical cunningly contrived series of novels around which a mysterious death is woven i The Manticore i the second book in the series after i Fifth Business i follows David Staunton a man pleased with his success but haunted by his relationship with his larger than life father As he seeks help through therapy he encounters a wonderful cast of characters who help connect him to his past and the death of his father p For more than seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With more than titles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to date translations by award winning translators p


World of Wonders (The Deptford Trilogy, #3)

Hailed by the b Washington Post Book World b as a modern classic Robertson Davies s acclaimed b Deptford Trilogy b is a glittering fantastical cunningly contrived series of novels around which a mysterious death is woven b World of Wonders b the third book in the series after b The Manticore b follows the story of Magnus Eisengrim the most illustrious magician of his age who is spirited away from his home by a member of a traveling sideshow the Wanless World of Wonders After honing his skills and becoming better known Magnus unfurls his life s courageous and adventurous tale in this third and final volume of a spectacular soaring work br br For more than seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With more than titles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to date translations by award winning translators


The Lyre of Orpheus (Cornish Trilogy, #3)

Davies triumphantly concludes the trilogy begun with The Rebel Angels The Cornish Foundation is thriving under the tutelage of Arthur Cornish art expert collector connoisseur and notable eccentric


The Cornish Trilogy: The Rebel Angels; What's Bred in the Bone; The Lyre of Orpheus

Woven around the pursuits of the energetic spirits and erudite scholars of the University of St John and the Holy Ghost this dazzling trilogy of novels lures the reader into a world of mysticism historical allusion and gothic fantasy that could only be the invention of Canada s grand man of letters


The Cunning Man (Toronto Trilogy, #2)

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The Salterton Trilogy: Tempest-Tost; Leaven of Malice; A Mixture of Frailties

The Salterton Trilogy consists of the first three novels by Davies Tempest Tost Leaven of Malice and A Mixture of Frailties Davies was awarded the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour in for Leaven of Malice br br The trilogy revolves around the residents of the imaginary town of Salterton Ontario Described by some reviewers as satirical bawdily humourous and witty


The Cornish Trilogy: The Rebel Angels; What's Bred in the Bone; The Lyre of Orpheus, The Manticore (The Deptford Trilogy, #2), The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business/The Manticore/World of Wonders, The Cunning Man (Toronto Trilogy, #2), The Rebel Angels (Cornish Trilogy, #1), The Lyre of Orpheus (Cornish Trilogy, #3), Fifth Business (The Deptford Trilogy, #1), The Salterton Trilogy: Tempest-Tost; Leaven of Malice; A Mixture of Frailties, World of Wonders (The Deptford Trilogy, #3), What's Bred in the Bone (Cornish Trilogy, #2)