The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of WondersPaperback
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- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 832 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 30mm | 540g
- Publication date: 1 October 1990
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0140147551
- ISBN 13: 9780140147551
- Edition statement: Revised ed.
- Sales rank: 108,395
Around a mysterious death is woven a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived trilogy of novels: "Fifth Business", often described as Robertson Davies' finest novel; "The Manticore", and "World of Wonders". 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. 'His books will be recognized with the very best works of this century' - "The New York Times" Book Review.
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Robertson Davies (1913-1995) had three successive careers during the time he became an internationally acclaimed author: actor, publisher, and, finally, professor at the University of Toronto. The author of twelve novels and several volumes of essays and plays, he was the first Canadian to be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
There are some pretty peculiar goings-on in this majestic work by the great Canadian author - a wonderfully elaborate story, rich in character and labyrinthine of plot, which left me with the feeling that I had emerged from some utterly fascinating dream, its details blurred in my waking memory, but its impact ineradicable. Review by Jan Morris, whose books include 'Lincoln: A Foreigner's View' (Kirkus UK)