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Fifth Business - Robertson Davies
Fifth Business
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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... show more
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 proves, in the end, neither innocent nor innocuous. The first novel in the celebrated Deptford Trilogy, Fifth Business stands alone as the remarkable story of a rational man who discovers that the marvelous is only another aspect of the real.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140167948 (0140167943)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 266
Edition language: English
Series: Trilogie de Deptford (#1)
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Garden-of-Stars
Garden-of-Stars rated it
4.5 Fifth Business
What a brilliant book. hands-down brilliant. I was a little hesitant about it when our English teachers told us how amazing "Fifth Business" is, especially since I have found that my literary tastes and theirs don't always cross paths. And at first I was a little suspicious once I started reading, b...
Blackbird's Book Blog
Blackbird's Book Blog rated it
5.0 Fifth Business
The most delightful thing about this novel is that it is full off absolutely perfect sentences.
travelin
travelin rated it
5.0 Fifth Business
Not positive I'm rating the right book, although quite a few of his books deserve such a rating it seems. It has been many years, but was this the book with the scene of half a dozen lawyers fighting for a place behind a small table?
Books etc.
Books etc. rated it
I finished reading then immediately went back to first page to read it again. Which is rather curious, I can't say that the language is really special nor the pace & plot gripping. But there's just something about it that is really comfortable to read. I can say, though, that the ending satisfy me. ...
D3's Booklog
D3's Booklog rated it
4.0
4.5 starsRobertson Davies is one of my literary heroes. At a time in my youth when I had been engulfed with ‘Canadian Literature’ that was, in my humble opinion at the time at least, depressing, uninteresting, and decidedly parochial, here was a man who wrote stories with verve, humour, erudition an...
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