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.
Publish date: April 28th 1977
Pages no: 266
Edition language: English
Series: Trilogie de Deptford (#1)
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...
The most delightful thing about this novel is that it is full off absolutely perfect sentences.
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?
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. ...
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...